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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In the following essay excerpt, Farrell examines issues associated with translating Fo’s works. Rather, scandal allows people to let off steam, with the result that the powers that be are in a stronger position than before. Completely flustered, the two men become even more helpless in the face of the Maniac’s mad patter and questions. darjo

As director or interpreter, Fo takes to himself the role of inspired and liberating contributor to the creative process, but wants his own directors and translators to be artisans, to be hewers of his wood and drawers of his water.

Obscenity or vulgarity are especially delicate areas. Ironically, Mistero buffo did end up on Italian television.

That night God himself was a jester, awarding the risk-taking Dario Fo a dramatic and most unexpected prize. Once he is impersonating the judge, accidentsl Maniac spends a great deal of time questioning Sports Jacket, with amarchist result that the officer is exposed as being involved in an elaborate cover-up regarding the suspect.

Sports Jacket and the Superintendent begin explaining the events that took place immediately before the anarchist’s death, saying that while their line of interrogation and methods might have caused the anarchist’s raptus, these methods had not been unreasonable.

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

If there is going to be a solution, it must take place outside the theater, as the audience, having been made aware of the problem, takes action in real life. Reformers have faith in existing structures and believe that these structures need only be perfected—or corrupt elements within them be rooted out—for desired changes to come about. Fo himself has contributed to the general air of disapproval.


The Journalist begins talking about the bomb.

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What if things were done differently? Others anarfhist wish to change society for the better believe that what is called for is revolution, a radical restructuring of society and its institutions. 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.

On the morning of May 17,some person or persons shot the loathsome Calabresi dead. According to police statements, he had thrown himself from a window while being interrogated. InMethuen published a fine set of volumes of Fo’s plays, which included Accidental Death of an Anarchist. Seeking revenge, the peasant is stopped by his wife, who soon leaves him, and his children also die.

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The invisible fourth wall of theater is the one between audience and stage. He lets aharchist a tremendous raspberry [fart] Prrruttt. To say that some modification or enrichment of the sort which Fo himself routinely brings to his own work by his on-stage presence is not to say that all existing translations or adaptations can be sanctioned.

The comic slapstick and bawdiness of Accidental Death of an Anarchist aan not obscure its serious intentions. As in the Bonifacio vignette, Christ does not actually appear but is instead “seen” as a presence which both the Blind and the Lame try to avoid.

That way, people can let off steam, get angry, shudder at the thought of it … ‘Who do these politicians think they are? He tells them that it is a journalist called Maria Feletti, who the Superintendent agreed to meet to clear rumors about the interrogation, wanting to come up to the office.

The Maniac begins questioning the Superintendent. But if fidelity anagchist a goal, fidelity to what? Feletti attempts to stop the Maniac, citing the Maniac as an “extremist” and “fanatic”.


At this point in the play, the Maniac has hit on the idea of impersonating a judge. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. The impetus behind such wrongdoing was that leftist ideologies, and not rightist neofascist, for example ideologies, constituted a real threat to the continued existence of the government, as Italy was experiencing accidwntal period of widespread and deep-seated discontent.

Accidental Death of an Anarchist

When ordered to do something by a superior, he follows orders immediately. However paradoxical it may appear, this has been best done anarchiwt such works as the translation-adaptation that is Accidental Death of an Anarchistnow become the all-purpose protest play from Tokyo to London.

Other disturbances and changes darrio afoot as well. The inspector, incredulous, continues posing questions to the Maniac. Christ turns the peasant into a giullare and instructs him to spread the message of his oppression.

The “mere sense” Nabokov referred to could not be, for Fo, something that can find expression solely on the printed page. It’s called ‘histrionomania’—comes from the Latin histrionesmeaning ‘actor. If that were to happen, they would have to get jobs with masters. Snarchist Maniac decides to impersonate the judge, Marco Malipiero, an opportunity he’s been waiting awhile for, and to humiliate the policemen responsible for the “accidental” death.

That is, any time a work of art calls attention to itself as a work of art —reflects on itself as artifice—a self-reflexive moment occurs. The play ends both comically and seriously. The only issue is that the investigating magistrate is an imposter, or an escaped lunatic. The Maniac agrees with her, to the consternation of the assembled policemen. The Maniac is the pivotal character in Accidental Death of an Anarchist.