Like a trapeze artist, the Maniac hangs above an abyss in the middle of a police station – in a plot that threatens to descend into a hilarious comedy of errors. The cast, led by Nikola Đuričko, does away with everything that defies logic in the death of an anarchist seeing as behind the mask of comedy lurks a world of organised crime, state corruption, political assassinations, religious confrontation and terror. Accidental Death of an Anarchist (1970/71) is a stage representation of an episode from Italy’s history, better known as The Years of Lead – a wave of terrorist attacks in the late 1960s which lasted right up to early 1980s.
Fo’s plays, with Accidental Death being one of the best known, have been translated into at least thirty languages and when it comes to staging outside Italy, it is recommended that the text be adapted to local socio-political circumstances. Dario Fo is a left-wing artist, similar to Elfriede Jelinek, and the two not only share their political beliefs but also their love for Marxism, revolution and socialism, Brecht and political theatre in general.
Accidental Death of an Anarchist
By Dario Fo
Directed by Maja Maletković
At the Jugoslovensko Dramsko Pozorište
Premiere 22 April 2017