Much Dell’arte About Nothing – 2016

Much dell’Arte About Nothing is a hilarious mash-up of Shakespeare’s works, presented in the Commedia dell’Arte tradition. Utilising slapstick, masks, stage combat, dance and stock characters, watch familiar Shakespearean references be transformed and invigorated – all with a good dose of irreverence!

There is no better way to truly engage your students with Commedia than through a Matriark Theatre experience. The teacher feedback for workshops Matriark presented in 2015 was so positive that Monkey Baa invited the company to create a full-length show for this year’s season. This production is not just for Drama students; Much dell’Arte will enliven Shakespeare studies in English, giving great material for comparison of texts and an alternative to traditional adaptations.

Each performance will be followed by a detailed Q&A, including demonstrations, key techniques, and discussion of how Shakespeare was influenced by Italian Comedy. Seeing the experts flaunt their talents on stage will visibly raise the bar on student learning. We can’t wait to premiere this production at our theatre.