Drama students stage Dario Fo classic at NUIG

The second year students of the BA Drama, Theatre and Performance at NUIG are staging Accidental Death of an Anarchist.
The second year students of the BA Drama, Theatre and Performance at NUIG are staging Accidental Death of an Anarchist.

Accidental Death of an Anarchist, one of the best-known works by Nobel prize-winning playwright, Dario Fo, will be staged by students from the NUIG Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance this weekend.

The production – a translation by Simon Nye – runs from this Thursday to Sunday, March 7-10, at the O’Donoghue Centre.  It’s on at 8pm from Thursday to Saturday and there’s a matinee on Sunday at 2pm.

Fo’s provocative political farce is considered a classic of 20th century theatre. For this production, the action has been updated and moved to Ireland.

Under the direction of a mysterious maniac, a group of madcap policemen hilariously stage and restage a cover-up of the scandalous death of an anarchist during their official interrogation into the bombing of a bank.

Produced and performed by second year students of the BA Drama, Theatre and Performance at NUIG, this energetic production is a clownish physical piece that showcases the talents of an emerging generation of theatre-makers.

The play is directed by Dr Ian R. Walsh, a lecturer in Drama and Theatre Studies at NUIG.

His books include Experimental Irish Theatre and The Theatre of Enda Walsh. His professional directing credits include Purple Path to the Poppy Field, The Magic Flute, Orfeo ed Eurydice, The Wandering Scholar and Riders to the Sea. In 2016 Ian directed the first full production at the O’Donoghue Centre when he staged Sophie Treadwell’s expressionistic Machinal to much acclaim.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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