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Scottish Sun

BE prepared to laugh and cry in equal measures while Lorenzo Novani performs his captivating monologue Cracked Tiles, a portrait of one man’s journey through his Scots Italian family history.

Riccardo’s well-respected father Aldo has owned a chip shop for decades, but it's not the successful business that it appeared to be.

After Aldos death, his son feels huge pressure to put his life on hold and to carry on the family business.

It is here that the true state of the firm comes to light, and the enormous mental strain his proud Italian father had been harbouring while his failing venture operated at a loss.

Lorenzo Novani performing his self penned monologue "Cracked Tiles" at Spotlites, Edinburgh Festival 2015Pic Mark Sweeney

Lorenzo’s acting was so believable that almost all the audience were snivelling at the end of his fascinating story of characters that worked and frequented the chippy.

He himself looked physically exhausted and shaken at the close of his emotional performance.

It’s a really captivating, powerful, brutally honest, yet heart-warming performance and to have written this emotional rollercoaster is quite a feat for a man who is actually a very talented magician, as can be seen in his other show Poet Of The Impossible at the same venue.

“Cracked Tiles” and “Poet Of The Impossible” can be seen at Spotlites (Venue 278) until August 31

- Yelp Glasgow West End Festival (12th June 2015)

I love a bit of theatre, so when the chance came to go and see this one man show at Siempre I was thrilled to jump at the opportunity.

Set in the back of a family run chippy, Lorenzo Novani is the young son who has been left the family business after the death of his father. The grime on the floors and the walls just a sign of the pain and heartache the family has gone through over the years. As the son tries to uncover what troubled his dad, we catch a glimpse into a touching, darkly comedic story of family values, traditional in the face of a modern world.

The restaurant area of Siempre is an unlikely location for a theatre performance, but works really well given the topics explored in Cracked Tiles. Novani successfully has the audience laughing and (some) crying with him, and by the end of the performance it's unsurprising to see he looks overwhelmed with emotion. A one-man show can be hard to carry, the audience fixed purely on one actor. And although the pace dipped a little during the middle, Novani kept us transfixed right through to the end.

It's showing again tonight as part of the West End Festival - and I'd urge you to go along if you can. If you miss it however, he's taking this and another show to the Fringe in Edinburgh. It's a must-see, if only for the incredibly funny impressions of chippy customers in Glasgow.

The only thing keeping this from 5 stars from me were the benches for seats - not comfortable and distracted me a wee bit during the performance. However, it's a tiny gripe and I'll definitely be looking out for more of Novani's work in the future.

Lorenzo Novani

Cracked Tiles

Cracked Tiles @spotlites @edfringe

Tues 11th - Sat 15th Aug 12.35pm

And Tues 18th - Thurs 20th Aug 9.05am

And Mon 24th - Mon 31st Aug 9.05am

50 mins

From Scotland

Saturated with vivid memories, it conceals family secrets and stokes inner demons.

A young man sits alone in the back shop of his family chippy.

Join this lonely soul as he wrestles with manhood, madness and family in an attempt to reconcile past and present.

One-man play from a unique Scots Italian perspective.

Click here to see Renz's other show 'Poet of the Impossible'

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£6.50 (£5.50 Concession)

Group discount: 10% off for groups of 10+
2for1 on Tues 11th

Friends of Fringe: 2 for 1 anytime – only available from Fringe Box Office

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Venue 278. 22 Hanover Street. EH2 2EP

Just up from National Gallery.
Venue Box Office: 0131 220 5911

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