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Can't Pay? Won't Pay! Titchfield Festival Theatre, St Margaret's Arts, Titchfield
THE emphasis on improvisation in Dario Fo lends his work both a sense of anarchism and an amenity for adaptation.
Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay!, set in a time of economic meltdown, revolved around the aftermath of an act of rebellion against the cost of living by liberating items from a supermarket.
While some of the more didactic speeches on politics showed its origins in 1970s Italy, overall the play translated well into a rumination on current economic woes.
Hannah Wood’s incisive and fleet-footed production has caught perfectly the manic energy, satirical edge and farcical fun for which Fo was known.
No more so than in the musical accompaniment from an out-of-tune piano performed with great comic panache by Lizzie Orridge.
The quintet of actors gave deeply committed, high octane performances, taking in their stride the demands of script and physical comedy.