Cast update for Accidental Death of an Anarchist
Acclaimed Australian actress Caroline Brazier will replace Jane Turner in the role of the Superintendent in the Sydney Theatre Company production of Accidental Death of an Anarchist at the Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House this September. Jane Turner has had to leave the production due to a change in her family circumstances. Her husband, John Denton, has taken up a new job as Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the family will relocate to Paris.
It was also announced today that Julie Forsyth – who STC audiences will remember from her hilarious turn in the 2017 production of The Popular Mechanicals – will replace Sacha Horler in the role of Inspector Bertozzo. Caroline and Julie join the all-female cast which includes Amber McMahon, Susie Youssef, Annie Maynard and Bessie Holland.
“I am beyond thrilled that Caroline and Julie have joined the team for Anarchist,” said director Sarah Giles. “Caroline’s performance in Imara Savage’s Dinner last year blew me away – I mean, everyone knows that Caroline is one of the finest dramatic actors around, so it may surprise you that she is also a brilliant clown as well. My god, her take on the Superintendent has to be seen to be believed; she is a comedic genius!”
“And then to have the inimitable Julie Forsyth join us to play Bertozzo – how lucky are we? I’ve been obsessed with Julie since I first saw her on stage when I was 14; she is true theatre royalty. To see where she takes this character has me bursting at the seams with excitement. And we get to hang out and rehearse in a room with all the other demented, crazy, brave and whip smart ladies in the cast? Pinch me. I must be dreaming.”
Written by Nobel Laureate Dario Fo in 1970, Accidental Death of an Anarchist is a farce with a political sting in its tail which has become an absurdist classic. A man has fallen to his death from a police station window. Did he jump or was he pushed? The cops want a cover up, but first they have to contend with an unlikely detective – a certified lunatic with a knack for impersonation. In a first for this play, director Sarah Giles has amped up the energy with an all-female cast led by some of the country’s funniest comedians. This is a smart and subversive new adaptation, created by Giles with co-adaptor Francis Greenslade (ABC’s Mad as Hell). It’s a glorious battle of the individual against the establishment, of underdog against overlord, of anarchy against tyranny.
Director Sarah Giles
Designer Jonathon Oxlade
Lighting Designer Trent Suidgeest
Composer & Sound Designer Stefan Gregory
Assistant Director Heather Fairbairn
With: Caroline Brazier, Julie Forsyth, Bessie Holland, Annie Maynard, Amber McMahon, Susie Youssef