Roberto Piumini, a writing workshop at the Teatro Sociale

In the Season Day of the Social Theater of Como dedicated to schools, among the interesting shows scheduled, there are also meetings for teachers, educators and trainers: among these, Friday 20 January, at 16, Roberto Piuminipoet and storyteller, e Pia Mazzaanimattrice, will give life to Manzoni Theatrea writing workshop that starts with some readings from Manzoni’s beard (Marietti1820), written by Piumini in 2020.

The places and the characters are the gods themselves Betrothed, yet in this short novel something does not add up. It is up to the reader to find out what, when the story decides to reveal the secret. In the meantime, we can only say that if Manzoni spoke of Spaniards meaning Austrians, the same happens here too and, with the excuse of a story set in a remote time, we speak of today, of the improper use of saints, of the vulgarity of bullies, cowardly priests and crooked lawyers. After some readings, Roberto Piumini and Pia Mazza offer the participants short exercises in theatrical writing “in character” on imagined situations/characters.
The fragments are then finished in writing by Piumini.

Workshop duration: 2 hours and 30 minutes
Cost: 15 euros
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Roberto Piumini at the Sociale

Roberto Piumini was born in Edolo, in the province of Brescia, on March 14, 1947.
He lived in Edolo, Varese, Milan.
In 1970 he graduated in Pedagogy at the Catholic University of Milan, with a thesis on The person of the poet in Emmanuel Mounier.
He attended the Higher School of Social Communications in Milan.
From 1967 to 1973 he was a literature teacher in middle and high schools in the province of Varese. He has conducted numerous courses in expressive dynamics, body expression, poetic and theatrical writing.
He was an actor for three years with the companies Teatro Uomo in Milan and La Loggetta in Brescia.
He gained experience for one year as a puppeteer.
Since 1978 he has published many books of fairy tales, short and long stories, novels, nursery rhymes, poems, plays, song lyrics, texts for musical theater and choirs, translations, adaptations, extracurricular texts, with about 70 Italian publishers.
He wrote about thirty poetic texts (poems, ballads, narrative poems, songs) on research materials and memory of groups of children, teenagers and adults, in various locations, including Omegna, Alessandria, Scandiano, Milan, Imola, Reggio Emilia , Rome, Modena, Castel del Rio, Turin, Mestre, Lugano (Switzerland).
He has about fifty translations abroad.
Since 1990 he has published four adult novels, five short story collections, literary parody texts, songbooks, narrative poems, with a dozen publishers.
He has written poetic and narrative texts on illustrations and in art catalogues.
He has translated Browning’s poems, Shakespeare’s Sonnets and Macbeth, John Milton’s Paradise Lost and Plautus’ Aulularia into verse, with the addition of an apocryphal ending.
In collaboration with musicians, he has written several books on authors, instruments, musical styles, with audio material.
He has recorded his own poems and stories and those of other authors in audiobooks.
He was one of the authors and creators of the RAI television program L’Albero Azzurro.
He wrote and hosted the radio broadcasts Radicchio and Il Mattino di Zucchero.
He has written and writes texts for musical works, in collaboration with Italian and foreign musicians.
He wrote subjects and screenplays for cartoons and fiction short films.
He has written accompanying texts for visits to museums, including the Marino Marini Museum and the Palazzo Strozzi Museum in Florence.
With choral groups, instrumentalists, singers and actors, or accompanied on the guitar by his son Michele, it offers reading and acting performances of its own texts, for children, teenagers and adults, and theatrical and musical entertainment shows.

Roberto Piumini, a writing workshop at the Teatro Sociale – CiaoComo