Crowds pay respects to Italy Nobel winner Dario Fo

Crowds of mourners flocked on Friday to pay their respects to Italy's Nobel prize-winning dramatist Dario Fo, whose flower-adorned coffin lay in state in a theatre in Milan.

Crowds pay respects to Italy Nobel winner Dario Fo
Dadio Fo's coffin lay in state at the Piccolo Teatro Strehler. Photo: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP
A lay ceremony will be held Saturday in front of the city's Gothic  cathedral for the writer and actor, one of the leading figures in 20th century farce and political theatre, who died on Thursday aged 90.
Behind the coffin stood an easel featuring a photograph of a smiling Fo, brush in hand, while painting materials rested on a stool nearby in tribute to the provocative playwright, who studied fine arts and architecture in Milan
before turning to the theatre.
His son Jacopo and his wife and children were present at the Piccolo Teatro Strehler to share memories of the Italian master.
Fo was “a 360-degrees artist, he was an extraordinary innovator in the theatre world and linguistically as well,” 27-year old history student Vincenzo Mirigliano told AFP, after placing a flower near the coffin.
“But he was also a great painter, creating works (…) with extraordinary  colours,” he added, saying Fo's genius lay in his ability to mix humour with moments of profound reflection.
Adalberto da Pieve, 80, who came from Milan's outskirts to say goodbye to the mime, stand-up comic, historian and political commentator, said “he was such an ironic person, we will miss him”.
“Even the sky is crying today,” added his wife Angela Sansoterra, 73, as dark rain clouds broke over the northern Italian city.
Fo, who was married to the actress and activist Franca Rame, won the Nobel prize for literature in 1997 and told Swedish Academy the award also belonged to his wife and life-long collaborator, who died in 2013.
He was best known for his works “Accidental Death of an Anarchist” and “Can't Pay, Won't Pay”.


Recipe: How to make Swedish Christmas rice porridge

With Christmas just around the corner, here is a recipe for traditional Swedish festive rice pudding.

Recipe: How to make Swedish Christmas rice porridge
Swedish rice pudding. Photo: John Duxbury/Swedish Food

Risgrynsgröt (rice porridge) has been an important Swedish dish for centuries. It can be served at any time of the year, and is almost always served at julbord (Christmas buffet). 


Serves 4 large portions

Cooking: 45 minutes

Total: 45 minutes


150g pudding (short-grain) rice

300ml water

½ tsp salt

700ml milk

1 cinnamon stick

1 ½ tbsp caster (superfine) sugar

15g butter

ground cinnamon for dusting 


1. Put the rice, water and salt in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

2. Add the milk and cinnamon stick. Mix well and heat until the mixture is hot, but don't let it boil.

3. Cover again and leave the pudding on a very low heat until the rice has absorbed all the milk. This will normally take between 30 and 45 minutes. Don't stir the rice and keep it covered as much as possible. 

4. Once the milk has been absorbed, remove from the heat and leave covered for another 10 minutes. Then stir in the sugar and butter.

5. Serve lukewarm, dusted with ground cinnamon. At Christmas, hide an almond in the pudding before serving.


– Take care in stage 3 as the pudding will burn very easily.

– This recipe is based on a traditional Swedish recipe which was for 4 people, but I think it could easily serve 8.

– A creamy cold version, called Ris a la Malta, is served with a fruit sauce and is perhaps even more popular.

Recipe courtesy of John Duxbury, founder and editor of Swedish Food.