Accidental Death of an Anarchist
Author(s): Dario Fo and Franca Rame in a new adaptation by Tom Basden
Company: Lyric Hammersmith Theatre and Sheffield Theatres in association with Playful Productions
An anarchist has fallen to his death from a police station window. But did he jump or was he thrown?
As the police prepare for an inquiry into the incident, an unhinged showman known only as the Maniac is arrested and brought into the station. Seizing the opportunity to put on a show, he leads the police in an absurd recreation of their version of events, exposing the cover-ups, corruption and profound idiocy of an institution in free-fall.
A razor-sharp satire, Tom Basden’s adaptation relocates Dario Fo’s classic farce to contemporary London and features Daniel Rigby as the Maniac.