Pippo Delbono


A few days before dying, my mother, a fervent Catholic said to me: ‘Why don’t you write a play about the Gospel? This could be your message of love. There is so much need nowadays. And so I began to film and photograph the images that I came across in my travels in Italy, France, Romania, Russia and Latin America. Images of Madonnas, of Christs, of martyrs… Then I got lost, just as I get lost every time I create my plays. And I forgot about this Gospel. I met people in Africa living in camps, I met gypsies in completely run-down settlements, and then I started filming, dreaming of sets… landscapes, sunsets, light, sky and comic situations – perhaps as an antidote to the gravity of faith that keeps us stuck to earth, preventing us from flying. (Pippo Delbono)

Gospel is a play co-produced by the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb and the Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione from Modena, in cooperation with the Vidy Theatre from Lausanne, La Maison de la Culture d’Amiens – Centre de Création et de Production and the Théâtre de Liège, and the project also involved Cinémathèque Swisse. Gospel has played to ovations and rave reviews on its many guest performances around Europe.

–…very emotional, in parts playful and spectacular, sometimes very critical, but above all a very personal story through which the artist speaks openly and passionately about himself, and ultimately, about all of us. –

Večernji List, December 2015

–A bath of love and life in XXL format which simply wins over the audience… –

Le Temps, Lausanne, January 2016

Original music for orchestra and choir polyphonic: Enzo Avitabile
Images and films: Pippo Delbono
Scenes: Claude Santerre
Lights: Fabio Sajiz
Costumes: Antonella Cannarozzi
Orchestra Director Gabriele Di Iorio
Production Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb and Emilia Romagna Teatro FondazioneCo-production Théâtre Vidy Lausanne, Maison de la Culture d’Amiens – Centre de Création et de Production, Theatre de Liège

Thanks to Teatro Comunale in Bologna and Cinémathèque Suisse- Lausanne
Choir and Orchestra of the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb
Scenes and costumes realized in the workshops of the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb

World premiere Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb 11 December 2015 at 19.30




Performances in CNT in Zagreb 12. 12., 14. 12., 15. 12. and 16. 12. 2015.

Zrinka Cvitesic, Gianluca Ballarè, Bobò, Pippo Delbono, Ilaria Distante, Simone Goggiano, Tatjana Hrvacic-Gasparac, Mario Intruglio, Franjo Kuhar, Nelson Lariccia, Iva Mihalic, Alma Prica, Vlasta Ramljak, Pepe Robledo, Grazia Spinella, Nicolae Vasc, Nina Violic, Iva Visak, Mirta Zecevic, Danijela Zobundija