La Commedia Dell'Arte (Italian mask theatre) is where theatre meets improv and they elope to the circus on a runaway train, pursued by an enraged landlord.
We will play with the physicality, definition and interaction of the traditional characters. We will use full mask and trance mask technique but with traditional leather masks. Each session will be supported by movement, staging, story-telling and performance exercises.
The masks and broad characters help embolden and simplify the performers choices. As a style, Commedia captures the immediacy of the improvisor's spirit while extending the cheekiness of the story risks and the physicality of the characterisations.
This performance is a result of the intensive workshop of our Formats and Styles students.
The performance takes place at 8pm which is the second half of the End of Term Celebration. Audience are welcome to come at 7pm and watch the first half Student Jam before the performance.