THERE will be dancing, singing and at least one explosion in Accidental Death Of An Anarchist at Kenilworth’s Talisman Theatre.
Dario Fo’s comedy, running from February 29 to March 5, was penned in the 1970s during a time of economic and social crisis throughout Western Europe, and the biting satire is now most often performed with contemporary references re-written in.
It is set in the offices of police station during a time of social repression.
An anarchist has died in mysterious circumstances. The official enquiry teeters between describing the death as a suicide or an accident – but slowly the truth behind the death is exposed.
In between there is slap-stick, with the Constable (Nick Doughlin) and the ever-furious Inspector Bertozzo (Colin Ritchie) interrogating Maniac (John Francis); courtroom drama with a musical interlude from neurotic Inspector Pissani (Phil Spencer) and the sadistic Superintendent Belleti (Karen Shayler).
And finally, a denouement, confessions and exposure with the arrival of journalist, Miss Feletti (Lucy Maxwell).
The complexity makes its technical demands. Amanda and Stage Managers, Gill Bowser and June Bewick have made sure that they’re happy with the great technical team behind the show including Designer Richard Poynter, Colin Thomas on sound, Emma Westwood and Mike Brooks on wardrobe, Jon Foulds and Geoff Barker-Mountford on props and Ian Roberts designed lighting.
Because of the themes and language the theatre advises the production is only suitable for aged 15 plus audiences.
Visit talismantheatre.co.uk for tickets and further details.
* JAMES and the Giant Peach is next up for Kenilworth Priory Youth Theatre
Anything is possible when young James Trotter discovers a magical escape from his dreary life with aunts Spiker and Sponge. A chance encounter with a magical stranger, a bag filled with mysterious crocodile tongues, and an unexpected accident lead to the creation of the largest peach the world has ever seen.
After climbing aboard the giant fruit, James finds himself surrounded by a rag-tag group of friendly insects. Adventure awaits the unlikely crew as James captains the peach across the Atlantic – flying, floating, and rolling away from a life of loneliness and isolation into to a brighter, more hopeful future.
Roald Dahl’s children’s classic can be seen at the Rosemary Hill theatre from March 1 to 5.
Visit www.priorytheatre.co.uk for tickets and further details.