Inflation had reached an all-time high. Frustration broke the tension as Margherita led a revolt at the local supermarket, and looting gutted the building. Margherita, and her friend Antonia, tried desperately to hide their ‘liberated’ goods before their husbands and the police caught up with them. We Can’t Pay? We Won’t Pay! was a wild farce that would not only show you how to survive on a diet of dog food and bird seed but would also ensure a good night out.
We Can’t Pay? We Won’t Pay! was the UK’s first ever production of a Dario Fo play and transferred to the West End’s Criterion Theatre.
Loesje Sanders, the Administrator at Half Moon Theatre, remembers the first time the company put on We Can’t Pay? We Won’t Pay!, a play by the Italian playwright Dario Fo. This was the first time any of his work had been performed in the UK. Interviewed by Rosie Vincent.
Peter Bensted talks about translating We Can’t Pay? We Won’t Pay! which he thinks didn’t encourage people to steal food, but then he did get picked up by the police and put into a cell for 8 hours! He also talks about how Half Moon informed his global perspective and is still important in his work today in Denmark. Interviewed by Beccy Allen.