Accidental Death of an Anarchist (2009)

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Poster by Mark Davies

by Dario Fo, Translated by Simon Nye

Directed by Mark Davies

Performances: Tue 17th - Sat 21st March 2009, Prompt Corner


This is perhaps Italian playwright Dario Fo’s best known play, first performed in 1970. Written in response to the death of a police suspect who supposedly fell out of a police station window, it is a farce satirising corruption within the police and government. Right wing politics was, and still is, a strong force in Italy, and the play also aims to expose the underhand methods the police used to infiltrate left wing groups by posing as other people. Whilst not a policeman himself , the main character's histrionic nature is a reflection on what the police did through impersonation and trickery. Having infiltrated a police headquarters, he poses as a judge and tricks the policemen into admitting that they are involved in a cover-up. Simon Nye (of Men Behaving Badly fame) provides this translation which moves along at break-neck speed, an onslaught of farce which gets ever more far-fetched as the story unfolds.

This version of Accidental Death of an Anarchist premiered at the Donmar Warehouse, London in February 2003.




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Reminiscences and Anecdotes

This production is 25 years since the previous one, and Mr Lyne has since been promoted.

See Also

Dario Fo plays previously performed at SLT:



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