Political Strife. Confusion. Chaos.
No, not the aftermath of a certain referendum in June 2016. This is Italy in the 1980s, the backdrop for Dario Fo’s madcap farce Trumpets and Raspberries.
Revolving around a real political figure, Gianni Agnelli, this fictional plot mixes satire with a strong political message. When wealthy Agnelli is injured in a failed kidnap attempt, he is rescued by humble Antonio, one of his employees. Antonio flees the scene when people start shooting at him, leaving his jacket on Agnelli’s body. The rich and influential Agnelli is taken to hospital in Antonio’s jacket, where he mistakenly has his face reconstructed in the poor Antonio’s likeness. Chaotic confusion ensues as Antonio finds himself the chief suspect in a kidnap plot - against himself!
Dario Fo was one of the key figures of European theatre and literature of the 20th and 21st centuries. A writer who ‘scourged authority while upholding the dignity of the powerless’, he was a thorn in the side of the political elite and ruling classes of Italy and beyond and won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1997. This production marks the first major staging of this rarely seen work since his death in October 2016.
Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, or to actual current events, is absolutely, purely and totally coincidental.
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