Young inmates share with an audience of the same age a reflection on hardship and justice, to demonstrate that change and growth are possible. Mixing languages – tales of lives lived, Shakespearean and Sophoclean verse, rap – the personal stories of the youngsters, treating mistakes as the foundation for a new beginning.

Piccolo Teatro Grassi

Errare Humanum Est is more than just a theatrical spectacle, it is a reflection on hardship, juvenile deviance, justice, shared by young inmates with an audience of the same age to demonstrate that change and growth are possible. Suggestions and distant echoes introduce and comment on the personal stories of the youngsters on stage in a harmonious koine of language: stories from the streets of urban and cosmopolitan Milan, Shakespearean and Sophoclean verse, underground music and rap contrast and mix. Mistakes are treated as the foundation for growth and, thus, living because, as Tiresia claims in Sophocles’ Antigone “All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil.”


Duration: 2 hours

Duration: Duration: 2 hours

The Playbill

Piccolo Teatro Grassi
from 26 to 30 November 2014
Errare humanum est
Juvenile detention explained to youngsters
written and directed by Giuseppe Scutellà
with Giuseppe Scutellà, Lisa Mazoni, the young detainees of the Penal Institute Cesare Beccaria and the PuntoZero company
music Suoni Sonori
words Josh Algeri
Associazione Puntozero production
In collaboration with the Juvenile Penal Institute Cesare Beccaria, Milan