Trumpets and Raspberries

Trumpets and Raspberries

Translated and adapted by R.C. McAvoy and A.M. Giugni
From the play by Dario Fo

From his bum? You're going to put bits of his bum on his face...?! Oh Tony... what a terrible situation...

Mistaken identity and chaotic confusions abound when, after an industrial accident, the head of a large corporation is mistakenly surgically reconstructed as one of his employees, and finds himself chief suspect in a kidnap plot against himself!

First performed in 1981, under its original Italian title, Clacson, Trombette e Pernacchi (Claxons, Trumpets and Raspberries) Dario Fo’s political satire on the perils of surgical procedures and the politics of pain is guaranteed to have you in stitches! So crack open the laughing gas and let the fun commence in this rib-tickling farcical comedy from a Nobel Prize winning writer.

Fo’s political comedies have long struck a chord with audiences in Scotland, with recently acclaimed productions of Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay!, Mistero Buffo and Accidental Death of an Anarchist.

Tony Cownie directs a superb cast, including Jimmy Chisholm, Kath Howden and Steven McNicoll, and lends his renowned comic touch to our final show of the year.

Cast and Credits

The cast of Trumpets and Rasberries

Antonio Berardi / Agnelli - Jimmy Chisholm
Rosa Berardi - Kathryn Howden
Lucia - Shonagh Price
Inspector - Keith Fleming
Doctor/Secret Agent 2 - Steven McNicoll
Examining Magistrate / Orderly 2/Secret Agent - Mark McDonnell
Policeman/Orderly 3 - Barnaby Power
Group Leader/Man with fridge/orderly 4 - Jo Freer
Orderly/Secret Agent - Anthony Eden


The creative team of Trumpets and Raspberries

Director - Tony Cownie
Designer - Ken Harrison
Lighting Designer - Jeanine Davies


Watch our trailer for Trumpets and Raspberries

Press Coverage


"...the laughs come thick and fast... wonderful comic performances... hugely entertaining..."
★★★★ Metro

"...cracking performances from Jimmy Chisholm and Kathryn Howden..."
The Herald

"...accurate and astute comedy..."
Evening News