About

Lorenzo Novani is a writer-performer based in Scotland. His work has been produced at The West End Festival, The Scottish Mental Health Festival and The Edinburgh Fringe Festival at which Lorenzo's debut theatre play, 'Cracked Tiles', received an 'Outstanding' award as well as a Bouquets and Brickbats top monologue award. The work was subsequently invited to, and shown at, Brighton Fringe Festival in May.

To date, Lorenzo has worked with the mental health charity CALM, raising awareness of their work through his performances of 'Cracked Tiles', a play which was heavily inspired by his personal experience of seeing a loved one suffer from psychotic depression. Lorenzo has also written for The Herald on the subject of mental health.

Currently, Lorenzo is developing his second theatrical work, 'Sticks and Stones'- the story of a controversial far right group in Britain. Also, as an established professional magician and Member of The Scottish Conjurers Association, Lorenzo has also written material for the International Magic Festival which takes place every July in Edinburgh. Lorenzo's body of work actually includes several professional magic and mentalism performances including 'Poet of the Impossible'- a dream themed spoken word performance drizzled with psychological and visual illusions. The show received a 5 star review from Broadway Baby, a 'Highly Recommended' from Fringe Review and was featured in Culture Trips's top 10 spoken word picks of the EdFringe 2016.

Lorenzo is an Equity and Spotlight actor (PIN: 0930-5614-3849). He often performs his own work.

 

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Sticks & Stones

 

This is Lorenzo's current work in progress, a theatrical play inspired by the rise and fall of a far right group in Britain and their controversial leader.

A rehearsed reading of an early draft of this piece was show in Websters Theatre in Glasgow as part of Glasgow's West End Festival. It is now being prepared for a full production in 2018.

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POET OF THE IMPOSSIBLE

 

Spoken word with magical illusion. Lorenzo weaves verbal wizardry and magic into 50 thought provoking and wonder-filled minutes that offer a glimpse of the magicians secretive mind, take you on a journey into magic’s mysterious past, and most importantly, present impossibilities that defy explanation and gravity. Full of audience involvement and moments of astonishment. The show was featured in Culture Trip's 10 Spoken Word Performances to Catch. Reviews below.

 

Highly recommended from Fringe Review:

http://fringereview.co.uk/review/edinburgh-fringe/2016/13617/

 

Five star review from Broadway Baby:

http://broadwaybaby.com/shows/poet-of-the-impossible/705686

 

Culture Trip's 10 spoken word performances to catch:

https://theculturetrip.com/europe/united-kingdom/scotland/articles/edinburgh-festival-fringe-2016-10-spoken-word-performances-to-catch/

CRACKED TILES

Lorenzo's semi-autobiographical debut theatre piece, 'Cracked Tiles', focuses on a scots-italian family and their family business. Blending farcical comedy and poetic storytelling this piece weaves an extraordinary story from seemingly ordinary, everyday circumstances and delivers a powerful message about male mental health. The piece received received an "OUTSTANDING" from Fringe Review at EdFringe 2016 as well as several other five star reviews. You can find links to all reviews on ‘Cracked Tiles’ below as well as a special feature that Lorenzo wrote for The Herald Magazine about the inspiration behind the work.

 

Self written feature for The Herald Magazine:

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14831032.What_it_feels_like_to_____watch_your_father_succumb_to_mental_illness/

5 star review from Broadway Baby:

 

http://www.broadwaybaby.com/shows/cracked-tiles/708639 

 

8.5/10 from Liverpool Sound and Vision:

 

http://www.liverpoolsoundandvision.co.uk/2016/08/14/cracked-tiles-theatre-review-spotlites-edinburgh-fringe-festival-2016/    

 

A positive review / feature by The Sun:

 

https://www.thesun.co.uk/archives/news/207121/chip-off-the-old-block/

 

Top Monologues Award from Bouquets and Brickbats:

 

https://bouquetsbrickbatsreviews.com/2016/08/     

 

5 star review from Bouquets and Brickbats:

 

https://bouquetsbrickbatsreviews.com/2016/08/27/cracked-tiles/   (5 stars)

 

‘Outstanding Show’ from Fringe Review:

 

http://fringereview.co.uk/review/fringereview-scotland/2016/cracked-tiles/   (outstanding)

 

4 stars from The Scotsman:

 

http://www.wow247.co.uk/2015/08/13/theatre-review-cracked-tiles/