‘’Who emulates the jesters of the Middle
Ages in scourging authority and upholding
the dignity of the downtrodden.’’
(from Nobel Lecture, 1997)
Influence and contribution to culture
He was born on March, 24, 1926
at Leggiuno Sangiano
During the Second World War Fo
helped his father in resistance
against german forces in Italy
Aged 19 he gave up his
architectural studies at the
Politecnico di Milano and began to
paint and became involved in the
small theatres movement
•At the beginning of his career Fo
created small sketches which
condemned bureaucracy and
•1953- he dedicated to this theme his
first big work ‘’A finger in the eye’’.
•1954 - Dario got married to Franca
Rama. From this moment she is Fo's
main collaborator behind the desk as
well as on the stage.
CAREER. THE OWN THEATRE OF DARIO FO
• 1959 – his own theater called "Troupe Dario Fo - Franca Rama’’
• It’s time of some of his best works such as:
- three-act play ‘’ARCHANGELS DO NOT PLAY PINBALL’’ (1959)
is a farcical comedy, satire on the state bureaucracy in bourgeois
- comedy ‘’ISABELLA, THREE CARAVELS AND TALKER’’ (1963)
about Christopher Columbus, and the difficult relationship with the
royalty power in Spain.
CAREER. NUOVA SCENA
• 60’s. The Vietnam War , prompted Fo make a sharp turn in his
life and career. He dedicated himself to the struggle for social
justice and the rights of the people .
• So he joined "political theatre movement» and oraganized new
theatre called " Nuova Scena “. It traveled around the country
featuring performances for mill-hands.
•His most famous comedy in this period is ‘’ THE WORKER
KNOWS 300 WORDS, THE BOSS KNOWS 1000, THAT'S WHY
HE'S THE BOSS ‘’ (1969).
PRINICIPLES OF HIS WORK
1959 Archangels Don't Play Pinball
1963 Isabella, Three Tall Ships, and a Con Man
1969 Comical mystery
1969 The Worker Knows 300 Words, the Boss
Knows 1000, That's Why He's the Boss
1970 Accidental Death of an Anarchist
1973 The People's War in Chile
1974 Porta and Belli Against the Authorities
1974 Can't Pay? Won't Pay!
SOME OF PLAYS DIRECTED BY DARIO
FO AND FRANCA RAME
1962 GLI AMICI DELLA BATTONIERA - Teatro Ridotto, Venice.
1967 LA PASSEGGIATA DELLA DOMENICA - by M. Archard, translation
and arrangement by Dario Fo; Teatro Durini, Milan.
1978 LA STORIA DI UN SOLDATO (L'HISTOIRE DU SOLDAT) - by I.
Stravinsky; Teatro alla Scala, Milan.
1981 L'OPERA DELLO SGHIGNAZZO - elaboration of "The Beggars
Opera" by J. Gay; Teatro Stabile, Turin.
1987-1994 THE BARBER OF SEVILLE - by G. Rossini; De Nederlandse Opera,
• Dario Fo is a laureate of many
• But the most significant prize
was presented to him by Nobel
Committee in 1977.
warFo’s views was formed
under the influence
CONTRIBUTION TO CULTURE
Using the traditions of italian national theatre and guiding by
world famous experience ( by Stravinskiy’s and Mayakovsky’s
works) he could create an amazing theatre world.
He became one of the most famous italian members in the
political theatre movement .
His stagings are played in more than 53 coutries all over the
He has no tech theatre and he is a playwright without any
The passion to theatre was covered with his blood.
The theatre for him is a tool of communication and the
opportunity to convey to people problems of society.
In the homeland he is associated with liberty and
revolution in italian hearts.
1.Official page of Dario Fo.
2.Pegasos - A literature related site in Finland
3.The Official Web Site of The Nobel Prize