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Dario Fos plays were written in Italy during the 60s and 70s During this time there was widespread dissatisfaction throughout Italy towards the government and various factions within the country the nation seethed with discontent Dario Fo was born in 1926 in the Italian state of Lombardy During the fifties Fo along with his wife Franca Rame had a succesful career as an actor director and writer of comedies in conventional theatre During the sixties they abondened conventional theatre and chose the working classes as the target audience for their new left wing plays Fos new productions were based upon the Commedia dellarte of renaissance times His main influence is the old guillari wandering performers who would perform for the masses using their own style of satire a ambiguous disrespect for the authorities particularly the church Fo a dissatisfied citizen of Italy used theatre to attack and ridicule Italys governing system To convey his socio-political messages to the masses Fo incorporated elements into his theatrical productions assist in his conveyance Fos plays are more flexible than traditional productions were written to be alterable for different audiences and allowed for greater audience participation Fos plays contained messages and to help convey them Fo would allow the audience to become more involved and take on the message of the play more personally For example - In Accidental Death of an Anarchist Superintendent I dont mind telling you that weve got a few planted in the audience tonight in the normal way - would you like to see them He claps Voices from various points in the theatre Voices Yes sir what are your orders Maniac to audience Dont worry theye only actors The real ones are sitting tight and keeping out of
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