Carry On Commedia (Workshop)

Didi Hopkins

12 Jan 3.00pm

Carry On Commedia (Workshop)

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A two-day course using masks, archetypes, pictures, improvisation and scenario building.

An Italian 16th-century theatre tradition brought together street performers and aristocrats, men and women together on stage, each paid an equal wage. It has survived, influenced and spread, crossing class and cultural boundaries. What is it about the populist tradition that has influenced artists, genres, styles and characters over the centuries and has brought us Punch & Judy and the seasonal family favourite – pantomime?

We will learn the rules, put the theory into practice and practice into performance, creating high drama from thin air.

Didi Hopkins is a leading British commedia practitioner. Her work can be viewed on the National Theatre’s Youtube channel, and she was instrumental in bringing commedia to Richard Bean's recent NT hit, One Man Two Guvnors. Other credits include movement director on The Double Dealer at The Orange Tree; work for the RSC and NT, and directing panto for the Cockpit Theatre.

Part of the London International Mime Festival 2019.


When: Sat 12 - Sun 13 Jan (Sat 3pm–10pm, Sun 10am–6pm)
Cost: £100 (£90 conc.)

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