Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Methuen Student Edition)

Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Methuen Student Edition)

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Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Methuen Student Edition) by Dario Fo, Joseph Farrell

'The quality that makes Fo uniquely powerful ... [is] the ability to wring wild laughter out of insidious corruption' Guardian

'Simon Nye's witty translation updates and relocates the play ... suitably close to contemporary England. Fo is that rare thing, a far-left playwright with a popular, comic touch. And his stinging attack upon the black arts of government cover-up, manipulation and mendacity could not be more timely' Evening Standard

In its first two years of production, Dario Fo's controversial farce, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, was seen by over half a million people. It has since been performed all over the world and is widely recognised as a classic of modern drama. A sharp and hilarious satire on political corruption, it concerns the case of an anarchist railway worker who, in 1969, 'fell' to his death from a police headquarters window.

This version of the play was premiered at the Donmar Warehouse, London, in February 2003.

Commentary and notes by Joseph Farrell.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780413772671
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 04/01/2004
Series: Student Editions Series
Edition description: Methuen Student Edition
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 496,595
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.41(d)

About the Author

CHRIS MEGSON is Senior Lecturer in Drama and Theatre at Royal Holloway College, University of London, UK.His recent publications include The Methuen Drama Book of Naturalist Plays (2010); his book on The Seventies, for 'Methuen's Decades of Modern British Playwrighting' series, is forthcoming in 2012. He has published widely on British theatre culture since 1968 and documentary/Tribunal theatre.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Fo's play is theatre verite' in true form. Fo constantly crosses the line between fiction and truth in this play. Also, the reader will see painful parallels between the political in the play and our present government. Delightfully discomforting...