Accidental Death of an Anarchist is a sharp and hilarious satire on corruption. Dario Fo's play concerns the case of anarchist railway worker Giuseppe Pinelli who, it was claimed, 'fell' to his death from a police headquarters window in 1969.
Dario Fo has always put a premium on entertainment, and this updated version by John Laskin and Michael Aquilante is no exception.
Audience comment from The Hawth in Crawley:
"We thought that this was a strong piece of theatre. We liked the
company's wholehearted commitment to farce; in particular The Madman's
very physical performance hooked in the audience from the first moments
and sustained involvement throughout.
Most of the seats in the studio that night were occupied by two groups,
one VI Form, one study group. We felt that the company aimed their production
at this audience, successfully. Additions to Fo's script referred to
more recent incidents in the UK to ensure relevance to this youngish
audience. We liked the local touch of 'The Cure' sprayed on to The
Madman's leather jacket.
The company maintained the credibility of the farce and received
enthusiastic applause at the end of both acts.
The madman's part was very demanding - the actor was on stage
throughout with him talking rapidly most of the time - a fantastic
number of words in his script which must have taken ages to learn. We
didn't hear a single hitch - the boy dun well init!
If this company were to visit the Hawth again we would try to see them."
Love&Madness' Artistic Director, Neil Sheppeck directs.
"Director Neil Sheppeck's version of La Ronde has nothing to do with fin-de-siecle Vienna and the waltz but everything to do with now, heat and the tango ... a highly charged modern version of a once-dangerous play that returns some of that danger to it." Victor Hallett, The Stage
"the bench mark for all successful productions must be the sequence when the creature is brought to life? This is one of the plays most successful scenes, strobe lighting conveys the white-hot brilliance of an electrical storm and the trellised window through which Victor Frankenstein peers (suggesting he is imprisoned by his own vistas) throws up a barred silhouette on the wall which references such contemporary scientific devices as the Lightning Cage." Daniel Jeffreys, The Times
"I can hardly recall seeing a production that made more sense of Iago's final, stubborn lapse into silence, the silence of those who avoid communication or argument because they know it can only corrode a false core belief that has become essential to their identity. For pace, drama, and power to hold the audience's attention for a compelling hour and three quarters, this Othello is hard to fault." Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman
Neil Sheppeck is the founder and Artistic Director of Love&Madness. Directing credits include: The Taming of the Shrew, The Butterfly's Evil Spell, Macbeth, Sweetness Follows, Othello, Romeo & Juliet, Twelfth Night, Playboy of the Western World, Frankenstein, Mirror Magic Market Tales, La Ronde, In Lambeth, A Taste of Honey, and Fool For Love.
Acting credits include: Macbeth, Othello, Romeo & Juliet, Hard Times, Twelfth Night, Wuthering Heights, Henry V, The Tempest, Frankenstein, Only When I Laugh!, Fool For Love and Richard III for Love&Madness. Much Ado About Nothing (Northern Broadsides), Inherit the Wind (Old Vic), Guards! Guards! (Fleighton), Softcops and Grace (Finborough). Film credits include Rumplestiltskin, The Run, and Naked in London.
His first play Sweetness Follows ('Sheppeck has written a truly shocking drama about love' - British Theatre Guide) was presented by Love&Madness at The Edinburgh Festival in 2002. Other plays include Two Noblemen of Norfolk, and adaptations of Schnitzler's La Ronde and Dostoyevsky's The Gambler.