© Andrew Corcoran, 2020
Accidental Death of an Anarchist
By Dario Fo Translation Ed Emery
5 to 8 May 2021
Crescent Theatre, Birmingham B16 8AE
A sharp and hilarious satire on police corruption, it concerns the case of an anarchist railway worker who, in 1969, 'fell' to his death from a police headquarters window. 'A marvellous concept: a zany political farce.' (Michael Billington). In its first two years of production in Italy, Dario Fo's notorious Accidental Death of an Anarchist was seen by over half a million people. It has since been performed all over the world and become a classic of twentieth-century drama. “I ought to warn you that the author of this sick little play, Dario Fo, has the traditional, irrational hatred of the police common to all narrowminded left-wingers and so I shall, no doubt, be the unwilling butt of endless anti-authoritarian jibes.” (Inspector Bertozzo, Central Italian Police HQ).