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Photograph: St Francis of Assisi Church

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Welcome to one of Chester’s oldest Roman Catholic Churches, St Francis of Assisi. Set in the heart of Chester City Centre, near the Grosvenor Museum and Race Course, it was originally built for the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin. The construction of St Francis Church began in 1862 and was finally finished in 1875. It is now a thriving city Catholic Church serving a wide community over the Chester area.

Visiting Catholics and non Catholics from all over the world are always welcome. Have a look at our mass times and be sure to say hello to the Brothers after the mass. We look forward to meeting you.

Special Event - One Night Only

Francis the Holy Jester: Wednesday 1st October 2014

Tickets available at the Church on Sundays from 14th September.

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Here is a trailer of the play 'Francis the Holy Jester' from YouTube, a synopsis and reviews of previous performances from all around the world.

Click on the title to watch the trailer or view as a separate document;

[Trailer of 'Francis the Holy Jester' from YouTube]

[A synopsis of 'Francis the Holy Jester' and performance by Mario Pirovano]

[A review from the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Littlehampton]

[A review from Wayne University in Detroit]

[Press reviews of 'Francis the Holy Jester' and performance by Mario Pirovano]

A masterpiece of wit, spiritual insight, and inspiration. The play was written and directed by Dario Fo, recipient of the Nobel Prize for literature in 1997. Mario is a great friend and collaborator of Dario Fo and has translated this one man play from Italian to English himself. The monologue is made with 4 episodes about the life of Saint Francis of Assisi; Francis meets the wolf of Gubbio, Francis and the Tirade of Bologna, Francis and Pope Innocent III, Francis death.

We will have an opportunity to see this monologue performed by Mario Pirovano on the 1st October 2014 at 6.30 pm in our church. (tickets: £5 Adults; £3 children under 12 years available at the Church on Sundays from 14th September)

This is one of the comments after the previous Mario’s performance:
“Engaging his audience from beginning to end the charismatic Mario acted out episodes in the life of St Francis of Assisi, founder of the Franciscan orders. The result was a deeply entertaining and informative theatrical experience. He managed to transport his audience back to medieval Italy and bring to life stories of Popes, peasants, saints and sinners. Without the use of costumes or theatrical props his performance was extremely energetic, utterly uplifting and genuinely thought provoking. His ability to switch between characters in each tale, using simple and subtle gestures and voice tone was remarkable.”