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I Theatre presents Accidental Death of an Anarchist

Source: www.itheatre.org

By Dario Fo in a new translation by Simon Nye (Part of I Theatre¡¯s Imago Season of Grown-up Plays)

23rd Sep to 2nd Oct 2005

3.00pm and 8.00pm

I Theatre: "Due to unforeseen circumstances, our team has decided to postpone the production till February next year."

This famous farce by Dario Fo about police corruption, media manipulation and political manoeuvring is given a thrilling new translation by acclaimed British theatre and television writer Simon Nye, writer of the TV series Men Behaving Badly.
The play is based on a notorious case: In 1969 Giovanni Pinelli, a well-known political activist accused of being a bomb-throwing anarchist 'fell' to his death from the window of a Milan police station in mysterious circumstances.
Dario Fo wrote the play in 1970 and it toured Italy playing to audiences totalling more than a million. It caused a sensation itself, creating a storm of controversy. It has subsequently been translated into a number of languages and has been produced throughout Europe and in the United States.
In Simon Nye's new version we are in a City Police Station where a role-playing maniac turns up in the guise of a high court judge come to re-open the inquiry. Gradually he uncovers the lies, contradictions, and collusion on which police evidence is based. And then a journalist whose investigative skills are perverted by her need for a scandal arrives¡­
Italian playwright Dario Fo has attracted considerable attention for his writing. A skilled mime artist, he and his wife Franca Rame established a longstanding collaboration that included plays such as Archangels Don't Play Pinball. His other work includes Mistero Buffo, Can't Pay? Won't Pay! and Trumpets and Raspberries. In 1997 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. The Nobel committee noted that his work "emulates the jesters of the Middle Ages in scourging authority and upholding the dignity of the downtrodden.
Accidental Death of an Anarchist is a rarity: a campaigning play that people don't have to be dragged to see against their will. In it, Dario Fo exposes police corruption and brutality, the connivance of the media, the megalomania of the judiciary, class privilege, the absurdity of piecemeal social reform and the state's tendency to promote subversion on the quiet for its own ends. Not bad for a riotous farce.
We have relocated the play to a contemporary City. (Obviously not Singapore, as events like these could NEVER happen here!) The original events happened 35 years ago, several countries away, but like all modern classics, Fo's play has all sorts of contemporary resonances. Terrorism, for one.
Italian cities were alive with home-grown terrorist activity in 1969. You thought twice before you went out shopping: if the fascist or ultra-left bombs did not get you, then an anarchist one would. Admittedly, some of this "terror" was risible. Fo brilliantly mocks the disorganised nature of much of the anarchist threat: after all, a hyper-efficient anarchist machine doesn't seem quite right. The subject of media manipulation, too, is even more relevant now than it was in 1970. (Unless, of course, I've just been manipulated into believing that.)
Fo's work can be uncomfortable. He can make you laugh, and then make you feel foolish for laughing. You can try to watch the plays dispassionately as polemics, but you're unlikely to get away with it. Accidental Death of an Anarchist reminds us that laughter and anger are not necessarily incompatible.
Featuring Keagan Kang, Jonathan Lim and a cast of major names in the Singapore theatre scene
Tickets $19, Friends package (4 adults or students) $64 EARLY BIRD SPECIAL - Book before September 1st - tickets $17, Friends package $58 Buy your tickets through SISTIC Website: www.sistic.com.sg, SISTIC Hotline: (65) 6348 5555 and SISTIC Authorised Agents islandwide.
ASA and SDEA members, eXplorerKID and Zee Card holders get 20% discount on presentation of their membership card (not applicable with any other discounts)
Contact I Theatre direct for Special Educational Establishment offer with free tickets for teachers. This programme is supported by the NAC Arts Education Programme.
AGF Theatre, Alliance Française, 1 Sarkies Road A two-minute walk from MRT Newton, buses 66, 67, 170, 171.

I Theatre: "Due to unforeseen circumstances, our team has decided to postpone the production till February next year."

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