The Welham Boys' School
Theatre Group Sambhavna presented
“Accidental Death of An Anarchist” By Dario
Accidental Death of an Anarchist is a play written by Dario Fo, based on an event from real life. A bomb exploded in Italy in 1969, killing 16 people. Giovanni Pinelli was arrested for the crime and after the interrogation he fell out of the police station’s fourth floor window. “Suicide,” claimed the police.
Dario Fo uses comedy to communicate and criticize the corrupt and unfair society in this farce. The play starts a few weeks after the incident. A character known as the Maniac is an impersonator and is therefore being questioned by Inspector Bertozzo at the police station.
The Maniac has a quick mind and he uses it to convince three police officers that he is a judge who has come to investigate the unfortunate incident.
Throughout the play the Maniac continues to mock the police officers and also helps them to create a better and more foolproof version of what happened that dreadful day.
The Maniac calculates and manipulates the situation while the corrupt and desperate police officers fully trust the Maniac’s judicial expertise. The play echoes events that happen all too often all over the world.