Accidental Death of an Anarchist

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Accidental Death of an Anarchist is a farce by Italian playright Dario Fo (1926-2016) [1] written in 1970 (original title in Italian Morte accidentale di un anarchico). The play centres on the fall from a window of a prisoner in custody.

The original text

Translations and adaptations

Adapted by Gavin Richards from a translation by Gillian Hanna

Performance history in South Africa

1980-1981: Presented by The Market Theatre Company, directed by Malcolm Purkey at the Market Theatre, Johannesburg, in 1980 - 1981.

1983: Presented by The People's Space in association with Robin Sanders in March 1983, directed by Sanders starring Dermod Judge (Inspector Bertozzo), Chris van Niekerk (Inspector Pissani), Richard Farmer (Two Constables), Ian Roberts (Superintendent), Neil McCarthy (A Maniac), Lynne Maree (Maria Feletti). Set design Bee Berman and Anton Johnson, costumes Birrie le Roux, lighting Leon Benzakein.

2002: Directed by Christopher Weare at the Arena Theatre, Hiddingh Campus, UCT in 2002, with Bernadine Gardiner, Eve Szapiro, Coba-Maryn Wilsenach, Deirdre le Patourel, John Gamble and Nancy Rush.


Accidental Death of an Anarchist theatre programme, 1983.

Die Burger, 21 May 2002.

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