by Don Nigro
Short Play, Dark Comedy / 1m, 1f
A table in an Italian restaurant. In this surreal dark comedy, Gloria, a nice girl looking for love, goes on a blind date with someone who seems to believe he’s a puppet whose nose grows when he lies, and things just get stranger and more disturbing from there. As Pinocchio describes his memories of being a piece of wood, the attempt of a wood carver to make him into a table leg, his eventually ending up with the kindly toy maker Geppetto, who carves him into a puppet, and his adventures after he escapes, including an unfortunate encounter involving the emptying of a chamber pot on his head, and the squashing on the wall of a talkative cricket who is trying to share with him the secret of life when the cricket makes the mistake of starting to sing. Pinocchio tries to convince her that everything is alive, including what we normally think of as inanimate objects, and as his stories about himself get more and more bizarre, Gloria starts looking nervously for the exit. She is extremely frustrated that all her dating experiences seem to be with weirdos and losers who want to photograph her elbows, believe they’ve been abducted by squirrels, or think they’re Rumpelstiltskin. And now she’s trapped with this guy who believes he’s made of wood. Is he kidding her, or insane, or is he dangerous? Another visit to the dark puppet world by the author of Punch and Judy and Attack Of The Puppet People.
- Minimum Fee: £30 per performance plus VAT when applicable.