Accidental Death of an Anarchist

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Methuen Drama, 2003 - Drama - 90 pages
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Dario Fo's classic farce Accidental Death of an Anarchist was a sensation when it premiered in Italy in 1970.



Based on the story of a political activist who "fell" to his death from the window of a police station, the original production was seen by over half a million people. This incisive satire on police corruption, media manipulation and political shenanigans is here translated by Simon Nye.

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

"A marvellous concept: a zany political farce…"

Michael Billington, Guardian"Fo's play absorbs social indignation into mainstream Italian comedy" The Times


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User Review  - Muskan Jaiswal - Goodreads

A very complex play. Love it. Read full review

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User Review  - Ana Sanz - Goodreads

3/4. Dario Fo creates wonderfully surreal situations through his development of a 'Crazy' character, mocking the power of the Italian police force in an attempt to recreate the outcome of a real-life incident that occurred in the 60's. Read full review

About the author (2003)

Nobel Prize-winning playwright Dario Fo was born in San Giano, Lombardy, Italy on March 24, 1926 and educated at Accademia di Belle Arti in Milan. In June of 1954, he married playwright and actress, Franca Rame; they have three children. Fo has written more than 40 plays, many of which have been translated and performed in more than 30 countries worldwide. He first earned acclaim as a playwright in 1953 with Il dito nell'occhio (A Finger in the Eye). He also won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1997. Some of his more recent titles in English translation are The Open Couple and an Ordinary Day (1990), The Pope and the Witch (1993), and (with Rame) Plays, Two (1994).

Simon Nye is the award-winning writer of sit-coms such as Men Behaving Badly.

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