Beati i perseguitati a causa della giustizia perché di essi è il regno dei cieli - Gigio Brunello


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Beati i perseguitati a causa della giustizia perché di essi è il regno dei cieli

Heureux ceux qui sont persécutés pour la justice, car le royaume des cieux est à eux.

Gigio Brunello | 2005 | Mogliano Veneto, Italy
Genre (as defined by the author)
Pinocchio, Gesù
Number of acts

As with many of Gigio Brunello's other works, the text was written with Gyula Molnàr, who directed the production. The text distingues itself from the tradition of glove puppet theatre by some innovations, such as the fact that the two protagonists of the play, Jesus and Pinocchio, always remain on stage. Throughout the performance, the two characters talk to each other in the same place, a prison cell: the set does not change. To make it look like a prison, the booth has been modified: the stage is crossed by vertical bars and divided in two by a wall, thus forming two cells.

Plot summary

Two prisoners discuss justice

In a prison, two exceptional prisoners, Jesus and Pinocchio, talk to each other from the communicating wall of their prison cells, without seeing each other. They talk about the gymnastics they do to distract themselves, about homecountry and homesickness, about their fiancées, everything they miss outside of these four walls. Pinocchio does not believe in the miracles Jesus tells him, but when questioned, he claims to believe in them and his nose gets longer. In their dialogue, they discover they have a lot in common: their condition as persecuted by justice or the fact that they can both walk on water. In the end, the guards come for Jesus; while he is happy and thinks that the men have realised that they have made a mistake in imprisoning him, Pinocchio has a bad feeling and, in vain, shouts at him from his cell not to follow them.

Related works
Le avventure di Pinocchio. Storia di un burattino
Composition date

Other titles


Publications and translations


Gigio Brunello, Tragedie e commedie per tavoli e baracche. Treviso: De Bastiani Editore, 2018.

Literary tones
Tragic, Comical
Animations techniques


Theatrical techniques


Written by

Francesca Di Fazio