Monday, January 16, 2017

1 February: Accidental Death of an Anachist

Firstly, many thanks to Rina for the lovely Fève Tiramisu! And congratulations to Daniele on becoming our Queen!

I think we all found last month's play, Death and the Maiden, a 'good read', leaving us with plenty of things to think about.

This month's play, Accidental Death of an Anachist, should also provide food for thought - although perhaps in a more light-hearted vein.

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The play is a farce based on the real-life events surrounding Italian railwayman and anarchist Giuseppe Pinelli, who fell – or was thrown – to his death from the fourth floor window of a Milan police station in 1969. Pinelli was accused of bombing a bank but was cleared of the charge. The events of the play, however, are fiction.

I will leave the play to unfold ... but there is an interesting factoid:  An actor Mark Blanco, who was cast in the lead role at a London fringe theatre, died in unexplained circumstances himself in December 2006 shortly before the production was about to open. Blanco fell to the ground from a balcony in WhitechapelEast London. His family said: "We absolutely do not believe that Mark committed suicide, or that his death was a simple accident." They continue to press for information on Blanco's last hours at the party from those who were present, including  former Libertines singer Pete Doherty.

I chose this play when the death of Fo, aged 90, was announced last October, and I thought you would all enjoy reading one by this Italian author who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1997.

The ECC did a very funny production of the play some years ago, and I hope we will be able to recapture the humour!

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