When Ben Targét was nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2012 Edinburgh Comedy Awards, he was set on the path to becoming a critically acclaimed, multi-award-winning performance artist.
Eight years later, amidst a global pandemic, he gave it all up to become the live-in carer for his uncle: an irascible octogenarian prankster called Lorenzo Wong.
LORENZO is their story, a show that confronts the messiness of ageing and dying through the medium of storytelling, servitude to the audience and live carpentry, a combination not seen on the world stage since Nazareth circa 30AD.
This book is the full script of that life-affirming show, with illustrations by Targét himself. It was directed by Adam Brace, and was premiered at Summerhall, Edinburgh, during the 2023 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where it was awarded a Fringe First. It subsequently transferred to Soho Theatre, London.
‘A beautiful and wise work’
— Time Out
‘Very lovely… a joyful and philosophical show… a heartfelt hour about tough times and the people who quietly help us survive them’
‘An exploration of the sorts of things that give life meaning… completely engaging… very funny and very moving… a life-affirming tale that is warm and whimsical, but fundamentally all about human connection’
‘A moving and courageous piece of theatre’
— The Scotsman
‘The ultimate celebration of life. I’ve never laughed and cried so much at the same show’
— Everything Theatre
‘A joyous celebration of what it means to love deeply’
— Fest Mag
‘A deeply affecting, tender and funny story of love and loss’
— The List
Edinburgh Fringe First Award