Colin Revolting and friends pay tribute to Dario Fo who died this week at the age of 90.
Dario Fo was a great playwright of the years of unrest and rebellion in the 1960s and ’70s. His plays such as Accidental Death of an Anarchist and Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay! were hilariously cutting critiques of life under capitalism as it went into crisis. His style of theatre was like a Brecht play performed by the Marx Brothers in the age of TV. They even became long running hits in London’s West End.
Brian Mulligan, a teacher, writer and performer who was part of the ‘alternative comedy’ scene of the 1980-90s, said:
I saw Accidental Death of An Anarchist in London in 1980 – it only changed my life.
I’d studied Brecht and O’Casey whose great works of political theatre remain relevant but which were somehow not so immediately ours. Fo became ours…
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