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February 2005
Accidental Death of an Anarchist at The Oxford Playhouse
Image from the production
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Accidental Death of an Anarchist By Dario Fo

The Oxford Playhouse
Wed 9 - Sat 12 February, 2005
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By Rosie Hetherington

This has got to be the funniest show I’ve seen in years. A sharp hilarious satire translated almost directly from the original Italian.

Like all classics it has relevance to every age and country. From the paranoid militant revolutionary groups to the paranoid militant governments, dominating the news with their bombs and versions of truth.

This may have taken six times for Director Luca Giberti to get here but what a credit to his vision and determination. The impressive professional set design and lighting overshadowing the frenetic action of these pawns in the hands of power.

The undoubted star of the show is the quick-change antics of Brian Stewart’s “the Maniac”. His ability to step in and out of each personality with amazing comedic style drives this farce at high speed.

A great performance by John Gaughan is the short-tempered “Inspector Bertozzo” or “Tosh” for all those “The Bill” fans. His laughable attempts to defuse the situation adding to the overall hysteria.

Another fantastic display of physical comedy comes from Benedict Morrison’s “the Superintendent” or “Sebastian” look-alike for all those “Little Britain” fans. So unlike the usual parts he gets to play!

Adding to the fun is the menacing yet friendly Graham Alexander as “Inspector Pisani” or “Bodie” for all those “The Professionals” fans. As one of the Assistant Directors and the naive “the Journalist” Ulcca Joshi Hansen must be congratulated. Always good for a laugh, Jack Ream is the dim “Constable Luigi”.

Can this really be the last chance to see his scene-stealing mugging? Dignified as ever Aaron Costa-Ganis is “Constable Gianni”. See it once, see it twice but never forget who’s in charge.

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