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'Accidental Death Of An Anarchist' was written by Dario Fo, in 1970 - Contextualisation

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Gemma Singh ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF AN ANARCHIST By DARIO FO CONTEXTUALISATION 'Accidental Death Of An Anarchist' was written by Dario Fo, in 1970 and was first staged in 1979. The play is a provocative piece of drama, containing highly dangerous issues concerning the corruption of political authorities. It's controversial issues and perfected physical movement captivates an audience through it's comic theme as well as pungent serious elements. Dario Fo was born in 1926; he is the son of a railroad worker. Fo is a popular and controversial playwright as well as actor and director. He is well known for leading the field in political satire internationally and in Europe for over 30 years. Fo's main targets (so called inspired attacks) have been corruption in the Italian Legal System imperialism and capitalism .Fo began his career as a performer in the satirical cabaret-style revues (which probably influenced his continuous pleasure in writing plays with a main theme pungent political satire - like 'Accidental Death Of An Anarchist'). In 1973, his wife Franca Rame, was kidnapped, tortured and raped by a group of fascists, to punish them for their political activism. However this never drove the exceptional author to stop producing satirical plays, in fact it probably gave some form of motivation to continue the journey of 'Accidental Death Of An Anarchist' and its "biting political satire". 'Accidental Death Of An Anarchist' reflects tradition from which it came - Italian street farce, commedia dell arte and undoubtedly political satire. ...read more.

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The subsequent cover-ups, inquests, re-cover ups and traits lasted for years. Ten years later at Cantazoro in Southern Italy the trial came to an end. Three fascists were condemned to prison. Later it was discovered one of them was an agent for the Italian police. With further connections, Generals and Ministers were first condemned and then acquitted. It was only the criminal 'labour force' that went to prison. At the height of the events, Fo wrote this provocative piece, where instead a certified "psychotic" yet cunning Maniac runs amok the police station, disguising himself convincing the officers to re-open the case an exploit the 'bent' police force by playing on their inadequacies, their fear. Fo inspired by numerous social events in late 60's early 70's undoubtedly influenced some of the issues present in this play such social class and the church Fo succeeds in voicing these issues to the public, skillfully educating them through loud refreshing comedy. The play can be linked to the Worker's Revolt (Lotte Operaie), which comprised of long hauling strikes and demands, with working conditions improved and fairer wages were proposed, the revolt did not stop there. 'Proletarians' now wanted more recognition and successfully blunted the political awareness of this working class, which could no longer be considered 'poor' or 'proletarian' in the more Marxist and nineteenth century sense of the word. This is symbolic in 'Accidental Death Of An Anarchist' as Fo creates the dramatic irony that he uses to satirise the class system. ...read more.

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A liar, a cheat and a disgusting lech". This was a very dangerous, powerful issue, as religion especially the Church was a significant part of Italian culture, which no one would talk about. In attempt to educate the audience of issues based in society, Fo not only uses satire to expose the police force but in many ways to expose an important issue of a corrupted religion. In the period of which 'Accidental Death Of An Anarchist' was set to imagine that the police is dishonest but religion too (the one place you 'believe' you could trust) In the 1960's, (the Economic Boom) the seed of political corruption was a renewal of the 'Mafia', in a more modern version. Stripped of its traditional "peak-cap and shotguns" appeared again in an industrial guise, well hidden within the nation's economic activity. It engaged in activities of all kinds such as construction, drug distribution, and in those of a very secret kind behind with certain politicians in positions of power and prestige. The votes of the large electorate that, particularly in the South, could be controlled by organised crime. All this favoured the 'democratic' maintenance of Italian politics in its conservative position, on what is known as the Right wing. This significant part of culture influenced the direction of his writing. The concept that corruption in the police force, especially the brutality, exploiting the concerning issue that cover-ups occur, not just mildly through verbal lies but the threatening idea that the legal system, often likely to resort to crime in bid to save their own skins. The crime being that ...read more.

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