Review by Rachael Murray for The Student Newspaper

August 12, 2014

Made in Ilva- The contemporary Heremit

Inspired by the controversial ILVA steelworks in Taranto, Italy, Made in ILVA – The Contemporary Hermit, is more than a simple lesson in politics. In fact, it spins a wider tale of a dystopian present where the man-made is replacing nature; as we are told in the disembodied opening monologue, clouds are being created and the industry is being worshipped in place of the Gods.
This allegory of a factory of creation is neatly used to introduce the human element of the story, namely Nicola Pianzola’s devastating portrayal of a man trying to “resist brutalisation” and stay human when forced to become a machine in the factory in which he works. […]
As a one-man show, at the same time to make a societal criticism and tell a powerful story of an individual, is impressive; and Pianzola’s movement on stage alone makes this a show worth seeing.