Dario Fo’s Accidental Death of an Anarchist () responds to events unfolding in Italy in the late s and early s. Generally, it looks at police corruption. We tend to associate political theatre with the glum and the strident. But Dario Fo’ s Accidental Death of an Anarchist, which Belt and Braces are. Writers: Dario Fo (play), Gavin Richards (adaptation) Gavin Richards in The Accidental Death of an Anarchist () Add Image · See all 2 photos». Edit.

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By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy. Bertozzo chases him, running into Pissani, who punches him in retaliation for “blowing a raspberry” at him. Not at all … In fact you may be interested to know that we have one or two right here acfidental the audience a, as usual … Watch this. Its next act, entirely unscripted, is a fast unto death proposed by Adriano Sofri. Eventually the Archangel is driven off stage as the Drunkard plucks away at his plumes.

In London inFo admitted accicental he had come late to the formal study of the commedia dell’artebut had found with some surprise that he had been involved in similar theatrical practice with different roots, in variety, the circus, the silent film already for many years. He asserts that the poem might have been sung as a ballad in public squares. To give a full account of Dario Fo’s theatrical xnarchist would really be tantamount to writing a history of postwar Italy, because his work can only be understood as a continuous, uniquely creative response to the major social and political developments of the past thirty years.

Other disturbances and changes were afoot as well.

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Actor Mark Blancowho was cast in the lead role for Accidental Death of an Anarchist at a London fringe theatredied in unexplained circumstances in December shortly before the production was about to open. Considered a classic of 20th-century theater, it has been performed across the world in more than forty countries. At the very beginning of the play the Superintendent interrogates the Matto, who confesses his mental illness and explains it as “istrionamania … mania dei personaggi” histrionic mania … mania of impersonating characters.

Calabresi also frequently rubbed his right hand during the trial, an action that many people believe indicated that this hand delivered the brutal blow to the back of Pinelli’s neck. Eventually Fo pulls back when it becomes evident that the police were guilty of the anarchist’s death and suggests that the police are really being used as scapegoats by the government. Onstage from the play’s beginning to its end, the Maniac uses speech and actions to directly reflect the manipulations that the play is designed to expose.


Here Fo attacks further by pointing a finger at the government as a whole.

Dario Fo’s Accidental Death of an Anarchist – a heady blend of vaudeville and politics

Or so he said, and no one could challenge him. Was the anarchist leaning out for air?

In the following excerpt, somewhat later in the play, Fo’s fictional journalist cites actual facts concerning the makeup of the activist group to which the real anarchist belonged. The Maniac manages to concoct a story on aharchist the anarchist died: Lotta Continuaboth as an organization and a newspaper, has disbanded.

Although the play is therefore never totally “finished,” the working texts of Mistero buffo and Morte accidentale di un anarchico contain the fundamental elements of Fo’s opus, and particularly his concern for the poor and their struggle against the political establishment, elements which to a certain extent reflect the author’s working-class roots his mother was a peasant, his father a railway worker.

As Italians following the Pinelli case would have realized, this character is based on a real journalist, Camilla Cederna, who was then a reporter for the Italian amarchist L’espresso.

The audience must be active and involved. Zeffirelli criticized Fo’s vision of Christ because of its overtly political qualities. For Mitchell that play is We Can’t Pay? Acdidental even forces them to the window and tells them to jump, as they ot probably done to the anarchist. It’s called ‘histrionomania’—comes from the Latin histrionesmeaning ‘actor.

It is in this tradition that Fo sees himself as a giullare, someone who “nasceva dal popolo e dal popolo prendeva la rabbia per ridarla ancora al popolo perche prendesse coscienza della propria condizione” was born from the people and from the people he would seize their sn to give it back to the people so that they could become aware of their own condition; Mistero acciental. At other moments, however, he appears to be on their side, suggesting that while they might not have told the entire truth about the event, they are right to present themselves as innocent of any wrongdoing.

In this essay, she explores Fo’s play as a work of political theater. Joseph Farrell discusses this paradox in “Dario Anarchiwt Yet there was another tradition of comics within the commedia dell’arte which is not part of the official history; these comedians performed not at court but rather in public taverns, in town squares and in even lowlier locales.

Accidental Death of an Anarchist

The playwright David Hare expressed his distaste for Arthur Miller ‘s adaptation of Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People on the grounds that Miller had been so shocked by the anti-democratic stance adopted by the protagonist that he had in consequence arrogated to himself the right to soften that position. This is not to say that extremist leftist groups did not set off any bombs; they did.


The adapter may aspire to be a co-creater, and perhaps it is helpful to view his work as the equivalent of the musical variation on a theme rather than as an operation of finding linguistic equivalences. For example, from the very eario moments of the play, when the major character, the Maniac, is introduced, the play makes reference to itself.

The international success of that play is a testimony to the theatrical mastery of Fo, to his skill in imagining original theatrical situations and to his expertise in devising structures marrying the extra-theatrical passion to appropriate theatrical techniques, but also to the value of a process which, combining translation and adaptation, conveys all these qualities to other cultures. Films from the 80’s pt 4. Mobilizing, the working classes began to march and strike.

The action begins with the same assembled characters. He has been arrested for pretending to be a psychiatrist, and this transgression is but the latest in a long line ot masquerades. The explosion killed sixteen people and wounded an additional eighty-four.

Retrieved 9 December Fo stresses again the secular qualities of the piece and of the crowd observing the miracle, as spectators see even at the end when someone comments on Lazarus’ rotting and offensive-smelling body. In the following excerpt, the Maniac pretends to be translating the words of a pope who knew very well how scandal could be used to strengthen his position:. Anarchistt [there is] oc ‘archaeological’ reconstruction of the working methods, costumes, masks and relationships between the well-known stereotype characters, refined and polished to a high degree of professional performance….

Yes, it was Bertozzo who did the raspberry.

In Fo’s opinion, the powerful classes also use religion to control the poor, and he makes the Catholic Church the subject of a vicious invective in the vignette titled “Bonifacio VIII,” the most celebrated single episode of Mistero buffo.

Fo reveals the poem’s popular origins.

Accidental Death of an Anarchist opened approximately one year after Giuseppe Pinelli’s death, in Decemberand it was a major hit all over Italy as it toured and played to thousands.