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The Accidental death of an Anarchist

May 1999 "Accidental death of an Anarchist", Dario Fo's play on police brutality was staged at the Lionel Wendt

StageLight&Magic Inc., the company which gave English Theatre viewers the high-tech “Julius Caesar – The Anatomy of an Assassination” in 1997 and the emotion-filled “Widows” in 1998 will stage nobel-laureate Dario Fo’s comedy “Accidental Death of an Anarchist” in May this year.

Take One Notorious Police Station and Four stupid Cops, add to that a curious journalist, a dead anarchist, a certified lunatic and out comes a hilarious comedy of cover ups, blunders and mix ups.

The play follows the fortunes (or rather misfortunes!) of four Policemen trying to cover up the ‘death’ of a suspected bomber while under interrogation at their station. Add to this a Maniac arrested on charges of impersonation, who decides to re-open the investigation, an extremely curious Journalist, a time bomb about to explode in five minutes and you have all the ingredients of a fast-paced action-filled farce!

The play has been adapted from the original and is set entirely in Sri Lanka and some of the references made to modern Sri Lankan society and to some recent events in our country make it a totally hilarious piece of theatre.

Leading the energetic group of actors on the Cast of “Accidental Death” is Mohammed Adamaly. Fondly referred to as “Adam” he has been in the forefront of English theatre for quite some years and the wealth of experience gained especially in the playing of comedy has made Adam a household name. Ifaz Bin Jameel, who audiences will remember for his fantastic multi-role playing in “Widows” will play the part of the Maniac. While Anruddha Fernando, Michelle Perera, Jehan Bastians & Asanka Ariyachandra form the rest of the cast which is a classic combination of youth and experience.

The play will be directed by Feroze Kamardeen, and produced by StageLight&Magic Inc. “Accidental Death of an Anarchist is scheduled to go on the boards of the Lionel Wendt theatre from the 5th to the 9th of May 1999.

The play is being sponsored by Keells Super Crescat, who also sponsored “Widows” in 1998. It is heartening to see organizations like Keells Super Crescat readily coming forward to sponsor and encourage English theatre.
TNL Radio and TNL Lite, have also joined the production as the Electronic Media Sponsors. Media Solutions the company which co-ordinated the high-tech multi media wizardry of “Julius Caesar” are the Multi Media provider.