Accidental Death of an Anarchist

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Methuen Drama, 2003 - Anarchists - 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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About the author (2003)

Dario Fo was born in Sangiano, Lombardy, Italy on March 24, 1926. He was educated at the Brera Fine Arts Academy in Milan. During World War II, he was conscripted into the army but fled and went into hiding with the help of his parents, who were active in the resistance. After the war, he became a stage designer but eventually became a playwright, director, and performer. He wrote more than 80 plays including Mistero Buffo (Comic Mystery), Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Fedayin, The Open Couple and an Ordinary Day, The Pope and the Witch, and Plays, Two written with his wife Franca Rame. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1997. He died on October 13, 2016 at the age of 90.

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