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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

Directed by
Dan Dryer

2016 BHAC Full Length Drama Competition
– The Mike Padley Award for Best Supporting Actor – Guy Steddon for Pissani
– The Mike Padley Award for Best Supporting Actress – Emily Hale for Superintendent

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“Laughing like a madman”
– Shoreham Herald –


David Peaty – Bertozzo

Emily Hale – Superintendent

Guy Steddon– Pissani

Jonathan Rich – Constable

Phil Brown – Maniac

Sarah Frost – Felletti


Production Crew

Stage ManagerDave Comber

Deputy Stage ManagerJulian Batstone

Assistant Stage ManagerJohn Garland

Lighting Design & OperatorMartin Oakley

Sound DesignBob Ryder

Sound OperationBrian Jones

WardrobeMaggi Pierce

WardrobeCherry Fraser

Properties & Set DressingAnita Shipton

Properties & Set DressingDi Tidzer

Set Construction & PaintingNigel Goldfinch

Set Construction & PaintingCarl Gray

Set Construction & PaintingDavid Comber

Set Construction & PaintingDave Collis

Set Construction & PaintingSue Chaplin

Set Construction & PaintingSheila Neesham

Set Construction & PaintingMargaret Davy

Set Construction & PaintingGary Walker

Poster DesignJudith Berrill

PublicityPeter Joyce

PublicityMaggi Pierce

PublicityRosemary Bouchy

PublicityJudith Berrill

Front of HouseTor 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. ”