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Drama students throw themselves into Commedia Dell’Arte workshop

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Drama and Theatre A level and Performing Arts Level 3 students threw themselves – sometimes literally – into the latest workshop by Splendid.

Sarah Stow, Drama and Theatre course team leader, says: “Splendid have been visiting the college now for nearly 10 years, and they never fail to offer a high-energy and engaging workshop which our students always benefit greatly from. This workshop was for Year 1 Drama students, as well as Yr 2 Drama and Performing Arts Diploma students. All students are studying the play ‘A Servant to Two Masters’ by Carlo Goldoni, which is heavily inspired by the traditions of Commedia. Commedia dell’arte is a form of theatre characterised by masked “types”, which began in Italy in the 16th century and was responsible for the advent of actresses and improvised performances based on sketches or scenarios. Students had the opportunity to experience the different stock characters and how to use their physicality and facial expressions to capture the different qualities of the characters. Students also had to be brave and literally throw themselves about the space in a highly physical way which was a challenge for some of our Year 1 students who have never worked in this style before! Kerry from Splendid was, as always, highly-inspiring, and we look forward to welcoming her back, hopefully performing their latest show ‘Macbeth’ at the end of November.”

To see more photos, go to Commedia D’ell Arte