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Accidental Death of an Anarchist

10 SEP - 27 OCT 2018

Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House$25/Student, $12.50/PSFP

Sydney Theatre Company and Adshel present
ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF AN ANARCHIST   
By Dario Fo
In a new adaptation by Francis Greenslade with Sarah Giles

A play as absurd and paranoid as the times in which we live

A man has fallen to his death from a police station window. Did he jump or was he pushed? The cops want a cover up, but first they have to contend with an unlikely detective – a certified lunatic with a knack for impersonation.

Written by Italian Nobel laureate Dario Fo in 1970, this farce with a political sting in its tail has become an absurdist classic. In a first for this play, director Sarah Giles has amped up the energy with an all-female cast led by some of the country’s funniest comedians. This is a smart and subversive new adaptation, created by Giles with co-adaptor Francis Greenslade (ABC’s Mad as Hell).

It’s a glorious battle of the individual against the establishment, of underdog against overlord, of anarchy against tyranny. On the side of corruption and ineptitude, we welcome back the comic brilliance of Caroline Brazier (ABC’s Rake, STC's Dinner) playing opposite Helpmann Award-winner Amber McMahon, who’s on the side of freedom and justice.

“It’s so funny, resistance is futile... [a] rare thing, a political farce that is genuinely funny while also making a serious political point.”
The Telegraph, UK

Duration 2hrs 5mins (including interval)
Content warning Strong language, loud sound effect, adult themes

Production Patron The Petre Foundation

DRAMA STAGE 5

  • Dramatic Forms and Styles
  • Comedy/Farce
  • Commedia dell'Arte
  • Clowning

THEMES AND IDEAS

  • Authority and Subversion
  • Freedom and Justice
  • All female cast
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