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Accidental Death of an Anarchist

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre.

September 14, 15, 16 & 17, 2016.

Accidental Death of an Anarchist

by Dario Fo

“Laughing like a madman”
– Shoreham Herald –


Directed by
Dan Dryer


David Peaty – Bertozzo

Emily Hale – Superintendent

Guy Steddon – Pissani

Jonathan Rich – Constable

Phil Brown – Maniac

Sarah Frost – Felletti


Production Crew

Stage Manager – Dave Comber

Deputy Stage Manager – Julian Batstone

Assistant Stage Manager – John Garland

Lighting Design & Operator – Martin Oakley

Sound Design – Bob Ryder

Sound Operation – Brian Jones

Wardrobe – Maggi Pierce

Wardrobe – Cherry Fraser

Properties & Set Dressing – Anita Shipton

Properties & Set Dressing – Di Tidzer

Set Construction & Painting – Nigel Goldfinch

Set Construction & Painting – Carl Gray

Set Construction & Painting – David Comber

Set Construction & Painting – Dave Collis

Set Construction & Painting – Sue Chaplin

Set Construction & Painting – Sheila Neesham

Set Construction & Painting – Margaret Davy

Set Construction & Painting – Gary Walker

Poster Design – Judith Berrill

Publicity – Peter Joyce

Publicity – Maggi Pierce

Publicity – Rosemary Bouchy

Publicity – Judith Berrill

Front of House – Tor Dunster


Programme Note #1: Accidental Death of an Anarchist

DD wrote: ” Accidental Death of an Anarchist is a play with a very precise context, namely in response to a specific event in the turbulent Italy of the late 60s. What relevance if any could this hold for a British audience in 2016?

The overarching themes of the play, that of police brutality and cover-up and a political power at odds with the people resonate widely and indeed the lay has been performed all over the world.

The brilliance of the play is that it turns tragedy into farce and as such audiences find themselves laughing and ten asking themselves why.

I first did a production of this play 24 years ago in the Edinburgh festival. The timing felt right, we had recently had riots in Trafalgar Square over the poll tax, miscarriages of justice for the Birmingham six and the Guildford four. There was outrage at police cover-up and unfairness of the treatment of the poor and as an angry young man in my 20s I found the play had a lot that I could relate to.

Now as a not so angry young man in my 40s I find, unfortunately, this is still the case. ”