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Liolà is a Sicilian comedy by Luigi Pirandello ()[]

The original text

Set in 19th century Sicily, it tells of the life of a middle-aged free spirit, with three boys, each by a different mother, who wanders from town to town, seeking to engage with nature.

The play premiered on November 4, 1916, in the Teatro Argentina, Rome.

Translations and adaptations

Probably the play that was translated into English as The Idler by Con de Villiers in the 1930s and performed with his students at the University of Stellenbosch in , featuring, inter alia, Hélène Botha.

Performance history in South Africa


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