Trumpets and Raspberries

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Trumpets and Raspberries (Italian title: Clacson, trombette e pernacchi) is a satirical play by Dario Fo, first performed in 1981. The fictional plot revolves around a real political figure, Gianni Agnelli, head of the Fiat corporation from 1966 to 2003. When Agnelli is disfigured in a failed kidnap attempt, he is rescued by Antonio, one of his Fiat employees. Antonio flees the scene when people start shooting at him, leaving his jacket on Agnelli's body. Agnelli is taken to hospital in Antonio's jacket, where he mistakenly has his face reconstructed in Antonio's likeness. Farcical confusion ensues.

Performance history in South Africa

Directed by Mavis Taylor, assisted by Peter Hayes, presented at the Little Theatre, Cape Town, March 1990. The cast were Kurt Wustmann, Camilla Waldman, Anthea Thompson, Christopher Gxalaba, Tim Greene, Steven Raymond, David Germond, Russel Hekster, Xola Luse, Mongesi Tom, Claire Watling, Ashley Brownlee, Lucinda Hooley, Hein Löttering, Gail Ratzker. Designed by Henry Excoffier, lighting design by Paul Abrams, sound recording by Richard Carlson.

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