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Commedia Oz  

Playing Commedia in Contemporary Australia

Commedia Oz $18.17 ex GST
$19.99 inc GST

Commedia Oz is designed to assist the interpretation and playing of Commedia in an Australian context and is a training manual for teachers, students, actors and directors.

Chapters cover the history and influence of Commedia; suggestions for modern interpretations; activities and exercises; the role of the director and the actor’s journal; training actors; an interview with Jacques Lecoq (the French Commedia actor/trainer); a professional script; and ideas for units of work and assessment. There is also a glossary and a reference section for further reading.

The authors became collaborators after Nicky was cast in Steven’s play, Stardust (the script of which is published in the book) which toured schools in Brisbane, the Gold and Sunshine Coasts.


Currency Press | 978-0-86819-820-0 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB


Steven Gration is a director, writer, actor, puppeteer and teacher having taught drama, acting and media studies in post-primary, indigenous and tertiary institutions around the country. He has worked with professional theatre companies including Handspan and Kite theatre and has been a guest artist in Mexico, Singapore, Japan, France, England and the USA. Steven was nominated for a Victorian Green Room Director’s Award for his production of Roger Bennett’s Funerals and Circuses.

Nicky Peelgrane is a teaching artist, actor, director and producer of drama, both for and by young people. Nicky holds a Bachelor or Arts and Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education (Drama/English) and has worked with students from Years 1-12, directing and producing countless student performances.