Dario Fo, Nobel prize winner, actor, author, playwright, anarchic politician….is, at the age of 88, an Italian miracle of a man. When I heard that he was to appear in a one man show locally, I decided I had to see him.
At 9 o’clock as dusk fell, the stage lights came on and a figure reminding me rather of John Betjeman tripped onto the stage. He was wearing a baggy suit and Panama hat, later supplemented by a black shawl when it grew cooler. The man is a born performer, with boundless energy. He was seldom still, but pacing about telling stories, reciting rhythmically, and at times becoming a one -man-band just with his voice. 3 actors read passages from his late wife’s book, ‘In Fuga del Senato’. He and Franca Rame had been together since she was 19 and he 20. In his case he fell in love wit her beauty but never dared to approach her, believing himself to be ugly and uninteresting. But she loved him anyway, and the pair of them embarked on a series of tours which was to continue all their lives, talking about what they felt to be important, condemning devious politicians, and satirising bureaucracy.
I have to admit that I didn’t understand all that was said. Fo seemed to pepper his language with roars and cries which conveyed feeling rather than meaning, but I’m very glad I went!