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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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. As in the case of Sports Jacket, the Maniac succeeds in tricking the Superintendent into incriminating himself. It has now surpassed the success of Mistero Buffo “Comic Mystery”which the Roman Catholic hierarchy invigoratingly described as “the most blasphemous show in the history of television.

He dagio furious, and it was then that he uttered his famous phrase: Some subjects are so serious that they have to be left in the safekeeping of satirists and comedians. The Maniac’s mad methods also highlight the illusionist methods of those of the political elite who are dishonest.

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This means that a playwright includes moments when the play refers to itself as a play. By using our website you consent to all dxrio in accordance with our Cookie Policy.

As the Magistrate, the Maniac corrects the police versions of the events. One very well-known trickster series in the American literary canon uses animals as characters as do so many trickster traditions.

Particularly important to playwrights interested in heightening the critical faculties of their audience members are dramatic methods that enable such effects.

Yes, it was Bertozzo who did the raspberry. The central problem with translating and staging Fo is to find a means of expressing and conveying the political fire while respecting the framework of farce. Fo, adrio giullare, needed an audience that allowed him creative independence and at the same time accepted his revolutionary messages.

If you are old enough to recall the climate of the time you will remember that anything—including a strong blackshirt element in state power—was considered preferable to the anarchidt sinistra, or “opening to the left. The affection for, and identification with, figures from Italian theatrical tradition, be it Arlecchino accidentwl or the giullare [a performer who would travel from village to village], are perfect illustrations of one of the most striking and paradoxical features of the work of Dario Fo—his relentless search for models from the past with whom he can identify.


At many points in the play, in which information is cited from actual documents, Fo’s characters convey these various ideas. Assuming the role of ab Matto or Maniac, loose in police headquarters, Fo conducts an investigation into what might have really happened.

Political theater, it is important to note, is not theater that lectures an audience on a particular political belief system or at least it is not supposed to do that. Edit Storyline During questioning by the police, a railway worker falls to his death from the multi-story police HQ. For the attachment in question, Fo employed the term coso, an imprecise, colloquial term which translates as “thingummy. At this point, the Maniac begins speaking of the flimsiness of the anarchist’s alibi, as if to aid the policemen, yet his intention is instead to discourse on the plight of the working class.

Sports Jacket is the policeman who, early in the play, calls Inspector Bertozzo’s office and ends up having a conversation with the Maniac. At first, Sports Jacket wants to send her away, but the Maniac convinces him that he can use her to his benefit.

It was not consistent with the fall. This accounts for the plain, idiomatic language of Accidental Death of an Anarchist and its slang.

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This idea leads the Journalist to present a common theory, namely, that the bombing was organized by fascists with police support, in order to discredit left-wing organizations and frighten the people into voting for the type of government that is highly supportive of police controls. Brecht thought it important to alienate eario audience from the play being performed so that they would think critically about what they were watching. Television viewers, on the other hand, have everything set before their eyes, yet go back to work with nothing in their heads, ready to be exploited again, becoming merely means of production.

Apparently it was Italy’s year to win the prize for literature.

Accidental Death of an Anarchist is ov of Fo’s most popular plays both within and outside Italy. Bertozzo partially recognises the Maniac, as he knows Captain Piccini, but is dissuaded by Pissani and the Superintendent. Thus the Maniac-Magistrate daruo help the police extricate themselves by aiding them in the invention of acts of humanity toward the anarchist, such as offering him chewing-gum.


When the production was interrupted by rain one evening, Fo started talking with the thunder, addressing it as the voice of God and asking for lightning.

Various cuts and additions which were put down to the translator’s intrusive, slapdash or high-handed disregard for the original were actually the result of rewrites undertaken by the author. Fo has in various occasions defined his own theatre as combining “riso con rabbia” laughter with anger and both elements are of importance. The idea is that a frightened populace submits to strong, controlling leadership, willingly giving up freedoms in return for perceived safety. The Maniac, instead of killing her, offers her an ultimatum: As Farrell writes, the “figure of the giullare ,” which “provides Fo with a focus and a model” for much of his work, “is a quintessentially medieval figure, who flourished approximately from the Tenth to the Fifteenth anachist, in other words in the period before the blossoming of Commedia dell’arte.

ByFo had decided definitely on a career on the stage and began to compose plays prolifically. The Maniac evades the inspector’s questions and denies any real wrongdoing.

The government says it was an accident but there is a public outcry. Binni asserts that it is this unofficial adcidental of the giullari that Fo attempts to recover Leonardo Sciascia wrote three plays and claimed he would have continued writing plays had he not “clashed with the figure of the director.

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Here is a self-reflexive moment from Accidental Death of an Anarchist:. Dario Fo playGavin Richards adaptation. In other words, thanks to the way the powerful can use language and manipulate emotions, people believe that they are helping themselves when they are actually serving the interests of those who have fooled them.

Eventually, he dropped this artifice and introduced what have become “interventi”—discussions with the audience about the different vignettes and how they relate to current events. Of course Fo is a creative genius who operates within a tradition and reshapes sn tradition by virtue of his intervention. The reaction in Accidwntal, from the world of “traditional” literature, was predictable.