A unique collection of performance pieces and improvisation exercises in the Commedia style, a companion volume to the author’s best-selling Playing Commedia.
Commedia Plays offers eight original short plays from across the different periods and styles of Commedia dell’Arte – suitable for performance on stage as well as classroom and workshop study.
Also included is a collection of Lazzi, the pieces of ‘business’ that form the basis of Commedia’s comic action, ranging from the ‘Double Takes’ to ‘The Unwanted Proposal’. These can be inserted into the written text or explored and improvised in the drama studio.
‘Exceptionally funny… a useful working manual for the practitioner or teacher, and great fun for the more general reader’
— British Theatre Guide
‘A good solid addition to the commedia canon… particularly useful for initiating teenagers into the essence of commedia play. In an era in which political theatre and satire are re-emerging, the commedia templates offer a unique opportunity for the exploration of current events in the social and political landscapes’
— Total Theatre Magazine