Tom Basden changes the brutal death of an Anarchist

Sheffield Theaters to premiere new adaptation of Dario Fo’s classic play Unfair Death of an Anarchist replaced by Tom Basden, actor, comedian and the author of the latest BBC comedy Here we go.

Dario Fo’s comedy is a satirical presentation of the power of education – where a police station conducts a forensic investigation into the ‘accidental’ death of a suspect in prison in the weeks before. A closer look at our police force and how they regulate themselves. BAFTA award winning singer Daniel Rigby (pictured, who previously worked with Tom) will play The Maniac – who deceives the police to create a farcical recreation of the event, showing the absurd corruption and idiocy that is shocking to the heart of the system.

This major new production will run from Sheffield Theatres’ Studio Theatre Friday 23 September – Saturday 15 October 2022. The final scene of Tom’s ITV musical Plebs Also starting this autumn, he wrote and starred in the BBC 2 comedy Here we go with Katherine Parkinson, Jim Howick and Alison Steadman. A member of the British four-man comedy group Cowards, Tom has written and performed for Channel 4’s comedy shows. Peep Show and often teamed up with fellow Cowards Tim Key.

Dario Fo (Writer) an Italian actor-writer, he can be said to be one of the most frequently performed actors in the world. Born in Lake Maggiore in northern Italy in 1926, he made his debut in the theater in 1952 and wrote, acted and painted until 15 days ago. his passing, on October 16th, 2016. his actress wife Franca Rame. His stage career began with political cabaret, moved to one-off farces, then to satirical TV and in major Italian theaters. In 1968, he broke with mainstream cinema to create an organization dedicated to the creation of political works in what was then called the ‘electoral space’. His most famous work, including The tragic death of an Anarchist, Mistero Buffo a Strawberries and raspberries, date from now. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1997, and the Swedish Royal Academy said he ‘exemplified the humorists of the Middle Ages in striking down power and preserving the dignity of the downtrodden.’

Tom Basden (correspondent) a three-time BAFTA-nominated writer. His work is for the theater Party (Sydney Festival and Arts Theatre), Joseph K (Gate Theatre), A War (National Theatre), Get out (Edinburgh Festival and the Arcola) a The Crocodile (Manchester International Festival). He won an Edinburgh Comedy Award for his stand-up shows. On screen, Tom writes and stars in sitcoms Here we go for BBC1 and Plebs for ITV2 and is a regular cast member in it After life for Netflix. Tom has also written parts of Peep Show, Fresh Meat a Wrong People. For Radio 4, Tom has produced two series of sketch shows Fearhis sitcom has three series Party and five generations of Tim Key Poetry Project.

Daniel Raggett (Managing director) final reference Anna X by Joseph Charlton as part of Sonia Friedman’s 2021 RE:EMERGE season in the West End. The production starred Golden Globe Award-winner Emma Corrin in the title and was met with rave reviews, before being broadcast on Sky Arts. Previously, Daniel replaced and directed Jean Cocteau The Human Voice for the Gate Theater (Nominated for Best Director, Off West End Awards). He also pointed out the activities of Anna Karenina a Mary Stuart at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Daniel has worked extensively as a company director in productions at the National Theatre, in the West End and on Broadway, including as stage manager for Ivo van Hove in. Western history (Broadway) a Internet (Broadway/National Theatre). Additional credits as a partner: The noises are constant (West End); All about Eve (West End); Mary Stuart (West End/Almeida/UK Tour); Hamlet (Almeida) and 1984 (West End/Broadway).

Daniel Rigby (The Maniac) An actor and performer who studied at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. He has appeared on popular television shows such as Charlie Brooker’s acclaimed Black WindBAFTA winning presentation Flowers for Channel 4, BBC College a Sick worm for Sky Atlantic. His role as Eric Morecambe in Eric and Ernie for the BBC led him to win the Best Actor Award at the BAFTA Television Awards, 2011. Other credits include ITV’s Plebs a Jericho a Agatha Christie’s Marple: A Caribbean Mystery for the BBC. In the theater, Daniel is popular One Man, Two Governors a Twelfth night (National Theatre), Snow/Nixon a A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Sheffield Crucible) and more, The noises are constant (Lyric Hammersmith and the West End). The last thing Daniel did Astrologer opposite Daisy May Cooper and Tim Key from Baby Cow Productions for BBC2, the show is Bafta nominated. Country stuff with Olivia Colman and David Thewlis for HBO Max. Daniel will be seen at Tom Jones directed by Georgia Parris for ITV Studios.


Friday 23 September – Saturday 15 October 2022

Printing works Thursday 29 September 2022, 7pm

A Sheffield Theaters Production


So Dario Fo a Franco Rame

Attachment Tom Basden
Editor Daniel Raggett

Designer Anna Reid

Broadcasting Officer Lotte Hines

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