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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One could note, in parenthesis, the curious fact that none of the exponents of translation studies have been able to incorporate the adapter into any theoretical framework. Of course, the most renowned Italian winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature was a man of the theater. Secondly, we have the adaptation or ‘selection’ of styles from past traditions of commedia for modern uses: If one’s leaders are dishonest, why should anyone be honest?

Their sin is to have made themselves noticed. The play ends with the Maniac’s announcement that he has recorded everything that has transpired and will send copies of his recordings to all media outlets and higher authorities.

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Was this review helpful to you? In the first of the vignettes of Mistero buffo Fo tries to do just that. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. One very well-known trickster series in the American literary canon uses animals as characters as do so many trickster traditions.

Fo accidetnal in various occasions defined his own theatre as combining “riso con rabbia” laughter with anger and both elements are of importance.

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Different groups believe they have the answer to the nation’s ills or a way to deal with the crisis and threat, and each group attempts to wrest control from those in power.

Both Fo and Rame are scrupulous about the language they employ on stage, and in none of Fo’s works is there any material which could, in the linguistic register employed, offend the most demanding Calvinist or Carmelite conscience. The Maniac is the pivotal character in Accidental Death of an Anarchist.

Dario Fo, however, was not considered a leading candidate, in part because of the paucity of support for Italy within the Academy. Not at all … In fact you may be interested fl know that we have one or two right here in the audience tonight, as usual … Watch this.


Bertozzo realises that “Piccini” is the Maniac, after seeing his coat and hat on a stand. One year after Mistero buffoin Morte accidentale di un anarchicoFo struck directly at the system’s heart. Znarchist revenge, the peasant is stopped by his wife, who soon leaves him, and his children also die.

The nature of the performed versions of Fo’s work has aroused a high level of controversy, and it appears that there has been greater interest in the process of transposing a Fo text from its dafio Italian into other languages dsrio has been accorded the same process with any other writer. Its pedigree certainly is impressive: Like Eduardo before him, Fo has been greeted with instant popularity in many countries while being given, initially at least, a somewhat cooler reception in the U.

At the beginning of Accidental Death of an Anarchistthe Maniac is in a Milan police station—the setting of the play—because he has been arrested for impersonating a psychiatrist.

It’s a very surreal studio based version of the play. More specifically, it addresses the actual death of an anarchist who was being held in police custody following the bombing of a Milan bank that killed sixteen people and wounded about ninety.

No one could say anything comparable about Dario Fo, who ot not a figlio d’arte by birth, is the all-round man of theatre, for whom the script occupies no royal position. Initially, Fo considered a career in architecture, but before he had quite finished this course of study, he discovered that he was far happier working in theatrical circles.

Political playwrights keep their audiences alert and distanced from characters and events so that audiences understand that this is the way to approach all important things in life: When the investigation reaches the matter of the fall, the Constable reveals he grabbed the anarchist’s shoe, in an attempt to stop him from falling. The invisible fourth wall of theater is the one between audience and stage. In its native Italy, Accidental Death was obviously a brave play.

Comically, the Maniac runs through a number deaath impersonations in the last moments of the play. The event of the anarchist who fell from a police headquarters window is a historical one—and one that most Italians now believe is incontrovertible proof of police and governmental wrongdoing of the time.


The audience must be active and involved. Traditionally, it is seen as the first example of Italian courtly love. Fo himself makes a distinction between “theatre” and “dramatic literature.

Accidental Death of an Anarchist

Fo was already a major cultural figure in Italy when Accidental Death of an Anarchist was staged. Clearly, Fo wants to suggest that there was indeed a police officer at Milan headquarters who went too far in manhandling Pinelli, dealing the anarchist the terrible blow on the back of the neck that left the mark darioo pathologists found on his corpse.

His confusing speechifying leads to the police contradicting themselves, so that the Maniac, in all of his deceptions and distortions, is a precise reflection of what the play is designed to expose. They’re our alter egos. Yes No Report this. What if things were done differently? He tells the inspector that Bertozzo is saying that he might as well accept the fact that his career is over.

Sofri, characteristically, says he wants a new trial and not a pardon because you can only be pardoned for something you zn did.

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

At times, this process deah have gone so far that the adaptation is a new work, in direct conflict with the original. Daario, Mistero buffo did end up on Italian television. Translation of Fo requires audience-centred techniques, which do not necessarily coincide with the author-centred translation he himself prefers…. Fo professed himself mystified and outraged by this elevation of Brecht’s play into an untouchable sacred text.

The balancing act requires sensitivity, but the failure even to aim for it has meant that there sometimes seems to be an Italian Fo who walks on lines parallel to, but never quite coinciding with, the tracks on which British Fo, German Fo and French Fo walk. However, the Maniac notes that witnesses reported that the anarchist f both shoes on.

Fo’s giullare serves the people, entertains them, but especially uses satire to show them their condition and spur them to action.