Sat, 08 Jan | Shoebox Theatre

Masterclass: Commedia dell’Arte - Into Performance

In this two-day masterclass led by Cheryl Stapleton, you will discover the larger-than-life world of Commedia dell’Arte. From initial character study through to staging small performances, this practical weekend is packed with learning and great fun!
 Masterclass: Commedia dell’Arte - Into Performance

Time & Location

08 Jan 2022, 10:00 – 09 Jan 2022, 17:00
Shoebox Theatre, Health Hydro, Milton Rd, Swindon SN1 5JA, UK

About the Event

Discover the larger-than-life world of Commedia dell’Arte in this two day intensive masterclass. Learn comic characterisation, using half masks from the Commedia dell'Arte, working with characters that are masked and unmasked. Devise comic routines, scenarios and put your skills into practice in performance. Meet the cheeky Arlecchino, the blundering Zanni, the pompous Doctor, the rapacious Pantalone, the swaggering Capitano and the narcissistic Lovers, as well as others...

This 16th century Italian style is arguably the most influential form of theatre in the world, being the source of most of the comedy we have today. From Shakespeare to Chaplin, from Molière to The Simpsons, the archetypal characters and slapstick techniques have inspired generations of artists.

The skills learnt through training in commedia dell’arte are essential for every actor’s toolkit. Connecting breath, movement and voice, commedia awakens your expressive potential and sharpens your awareness of gesture, space, tempo-rhythm and comic timing.

When: Saturday 8th - Sunday 9th January 2022, 10am-5.00pm

Cost: £95 per person

Suitable for ages 18+, Professional performers, Teachers and Directors.

Keeping you safe:

We will follow COVID-19 safety rules and guidance during this course and will send participants up-to-date requirements and procedures prior to the event.

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