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Dario Fo: Italian, playwright and expert satiricist. Though many of his works are criminally under-read, his 1970 work The Accidental Death of an Anarchist has managed to stand as his greatest achievement and is still widely regarded as one of the best satirical plays of the last century (arguably it helped him win the 1997 Nobel Prize for Literature). With their already packed program of obscure, controversial and underperformed plays, it’s little wonder that the team behind this year’s Sunfest decided to tackle the masterpiece head on.

Fo’s play, whose scenario is based on the true story of railwayman and anarchist Giuseppe Pinelli, centres on an alleged anarchist who dies after falling from a fourth story window at a police station while being interrogated. But did he fall? Or was he pushed? The events of the play are entirely fictional – and farcical – but it also has two very different potential endings. It’s up to you to decide which one you prefer…

The Accidental Death of an Anarchist is performed at Washington Arts Centre on Thursday 23rd April.

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