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Dario Fo to make 90th birthday appearance at Edinburgh’s Lyceum

Playwright and actor Dario Fo, 90
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Italian playwright, actor and director Dario Fo is to make a personal appearance in Edinburgh to mark his 90th birthday.

He will be in conversation at the Royal Lyceum with his biographer and translator, Joe Farrell, as part of the Dancing With Colours, Whipping With Words festival. It celebrates Fo, his late wife Franca Rame and theatre that “challenges authority with satire, anger and humour”.

The festival includes a series of political theatre performances and events, including an appearance by Mario Pirovano, Fo’s close friend, who appeared in Fo’s 2009 play, Francis the Holy Jester.

Performer and activist Mark Thomas will revive his play 100 Acts of Minor Dissent. A new play, Breaking the Ice by Kieran Lynn, will be staged at the Traverse Theatre as part of its A Play, A Pie and A Pint season of lunchtime theatre.

The festival is produced by Edinburgh-based art company Eleven and co-curated by Farrell with Frances Rifkin, director of Implicated Theatre at the Serpentine Gallery.

Rupert Thomson, Eleven’s artistic director said: “This festival is designed to celebrate the importance of theatre and art as dissent and satire, and there is no one who embodies that better than the master Dario Fo, whose appearance is an absolute highlight, and whose work inspires the whole programme.”

The festival runs from October 6-30 in Edinburgh and includes the first UK exhibition of Dario Fo’s paintings. See further details of the festival

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