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Making Theatre Using Commedia Dell'Arte


This class is part of: Theatre Maker Classes

Who could benefit from this course?
Devisers, Directors and Writers, especially those interested in creating comedy or adding comic elements.
Actors and other Performers who want to extend their range and ability to play multiple roles 
Performers who wish to enhance their improvisation ability.
All interested in physical comedy, clowning, mime and 'slapstick'.

How does it work?

Commedia dell’Arte has had a major influence on comedy since its inception, from Shakespeare to Moliere to Charlie Chaplin. It is a tradition that has influenced theatre, actors and playwrights and its strong imprint can be seen in Restoration comedy, melodrama, music hall, vaudeville, circus, pantomime and in the Zanni of Chaplin, the Marx Brothers, Laurel and Hardy, Mr Bean, and beyond. Contemporary comedy, in particular, borrows heavily from the elements of Commedia. The most notable recent example being the National Theatre's 'One Man, Two Guvnors' - an adaptation of 1746 commedia comedy The Servant of Two Masters.

Learn the physicality and mindset of traditional Commedia characters,
Learn Commedia story structures, and Lazzi (comedy routines), which can be adapted for making modern theatre.
Use authentic masks and batoccios (slapsticks) though rehearsal and performance.
Learn to use masks effectively and to adapt techniques to modern theatre practices.
Learn improvisation and scenario building.This will lead to a performance at the end of the course. 

What do you gain?
A knowledge of one of the oldest and most vital forms of theatre the world has ever experienced.
An understanding and ability to feel confident in mask work and knowledge of mask process.
A bank of characters that you can call on in the future for role development (especially helpful in auditions).
A grounding in improvisation that can fuel future working practises.
A network of actors who you will work with and will most likely again.
A deeper understanding of plot forms.
Why basic ingredients are always necessary.
Most importantly - fun, real fun.

£160.00 (10% discount for Vanguard Members & Theatre Maker Members - you must be logged in to your member account to receive the discount and places are (very) limited as the classes are small, so get booking!)