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Italy Uncovered – For Your Own Good

Written by Pier Lorenzo Pisano
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Darkly comic and absurd For Your Own Good – where characters come to be represented only by functions, including a grandmother as a talking cash machine – charts the transition from adolescence to adulthood through the illness of a parent.

For Your Own Good (Per il tuo bene”) was the 2017 Tondelli Prize, and was subsequently produced by ERT (Emilia Romagna Teatro) in 2019.

For Your Own Good is written by Pier Lorenzo Pisano, translated by Eleni Papaioannou and directed by Bethany Pitts.

Italy Uncovered

Italy Uncovered brings a new generation of Italian playwrights to the UK, with rehearsed readings of 5 very different, surprising new plays.

No pizza, no pasta, no ciao bella: Italian playwriting has undergone a renaissance in recent years, with a host of writers exploring contemporary Italian society with captivating stories as well as formal and stylistic innovation.

Join us for two revelatory evenings, as Italy Uncovered shows you a different side to this marvellous, contradictory, turbulent country.

See the other plays as part of Italy Uncovered:

Sunday 17 November

Lost by Greta Cappelletti, 6pm
10 mg by Maria Teresa Berardelli, 7.30pm
For Your Own Good by Pier Lorenzo Pisano, 9pm

Monday 18 November

In The Woods by Carlotta Corradi, 7.45pm
Variations on Kraepelin’s Model by Davide Carnevali, 9pm

Buy a ticket for both For Your Own Good and 10mg for only £10. This offer will automatically be applied at the checkout.


Uncovering Italy: Q&A with Writers & Translators, Monday 18 Nov 7pm 

with Carlotta Corradi, Greta Cappelletti, Pier Lorenzo Pisano, Edward Fortes, Valentina Marconi & the Italy Uncovered team.

Meet the writers and translators behind Italy Uncovered to talk about at how these plays fit into a wider resurgence of playwriting in Italy, the challenges and joys of working in translation, and what dialogue with foreign playwrights can do for British theatre.

Pier Lorenzo Pisano

Pier Lorenzo Pisano was born in Naples. He works in film and theatre, having trained as a Director at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome (National School of Cinema). His debut short film Così in terra was selected for the official competition at the 71st Cannes Film Festival. His plays have been translated into French, English, Romanian, Czech, Russian and Polish and his work was presented at the 72nd Festival d'Avignon as part of the Forum des Nouvelles Écritures Dramatiques Européennes. In 2019 part in the Royal Court’s 2019 International Playwrights’ Summer Residency.


Artistic Team
Pier Lorenzo Pisano
Eleni Papaioannou
Bethany Pitts

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