Il Burattino

Theatre (historical, tragedy)

  • theSpace @ Niddry St - Upper Theatre (Thrust)
  • 19:05
  • Aug 12
  • 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Trouble In The Square
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains distressing or potentially triggering themes, Scenes of violence, Strobe lighting, Strong language/swearing
  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 18 months


Il Burattino begins in April 1942 and tells the story of Tino, an orphan, native to Varallo Sesia in Northern Piedmont, Italy. Il Burattino (a puppet), a gift given to Tino, is a constant source of entertainment for other soldiers, as the boy uses it to boost morale through imitating the king and Mussolini in ways that become increasingly derogatory and slanderous as conditions worsen. The Italian boy finds hope in the idea of fighting for a Fascist Italy. His determination is successful in proving his strength, but at the cost of some heavy realisations.

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  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Access to box office via ground level entrance; then up one floor in a standard passenger lift.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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Marta Puliti 47 days ago

An important story with beautifully written characters that bring you on their own personal journey through World War two, quite far in time yet so close to us, as always. As an Italian, I went inside the theatre with a bit of restraint, curious to see how my history would be depicted but without much hope. I was very happily surprised by the fresh perspective of the text and the power and subtleness of the actors, whose care for each of their characters shone bright.
A strong, beautiful and poetic piece, definitely recommended!

Paul Bryan 52 days ago

This is a gem of a show . Beautifully written and acted with a subtlety by this talented cast in such a way as to leave the audience contemplating those dark times and in particular that part of world war two which is seldom discussed . This show deserves bigger audiences , be one of them .

Ian McLennan 53 days ago

This is just an excellent piece of theatre. Beautifully acted and a first rate script. It is poignant and thought provoking and just as relevant today as in the time it depicts.
Go and see it. You really won't be disappointed!

James Gordon 57 days ago

5 actors tell a story epic in scope, from the mountains of northern Italy to the Battle of Stalingrad, centring on a lad from the local orphanage who's no fascist but simply wants to prove himself. He later entertains his comrades with the puppet of the title, a gift from a girl who's fond of him which becomes central to the painful denouement. With just a few props, the sensitive performances, lighting and sound effects take you to the heart of a little-known aspect of WW2 - Italians on the Eastern Front. So involving that, once the lights went down, I quite forgot that the house was rather empty - undeservedly so.

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The Smu Reviews (4.5/5 stars) 49 days ago

A thought provoking experience which brought me close to tears on more than one occasion without feeling punishing.

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