Accidental Death of an Anarchist
by DARIO FO
Translated by Stuart Hood
Accidental Death derives from the case of Giuseppe Pinelli, a Milanese railway worker who in 1969 was picked up by the police, accused of the Piazza Fontana Banca Nazionale dell’Agricoltura bombing and who “fell” out of a fourth-floor window at police HQ (later he was finally absolved from any responsibility for the bombing). Staged not long after Pinelli’s death, the play shows a revolutionary Pimpernel infiltrating the Milan police office, masquerading as an examining magistrate who has come to re-open the case and driving a coach and horses through the official versions of how the anarchist-suspect came to end up as “jam sponge”.
… [In] Fo’s hair’s-breadth combination of political exposé and pungent vaudeville … the evening remains a splendid reminder that when broad farce and social protest combine, the offspring is a real cracker.’
MICHAEL BILLINGTON, The Guardian
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