Commedia dell’arte film

Commedia dell’arte film

Introduction to our film

by Andrea

 

This term our Wednesday morning group has been studying Commedia dell’arte.

We began by meeting in person, but due to restrictions we split into two groups. One was a small group in person, for those unable to connect to the internet, and another on zoom.
Commedia dell’arte is an acting form from Italy meaning Comedy of the Profession. It began in the 1500s and spread throughout Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Some features of  Commedia dell’arte include mask wearing, and the use of archetypes like a servant or a doctor for example, to show comical situations and relationships between people. The dramas were performed outdoors unlike other theatre, and it was unique in allowing women to be actresses, instead of the custom of men playing women.
We have taken some of the characters, such as the lovers and professional people and written our own stories and scenarios. All the masks were hand-made by the people wearing them and are amazing. We would like to thank Hayley for running the mask making workshops with us and Wes, Emma and Frankie for their help with putting the film together.
Please enjoy the following short silent comedy dramas by the actors of Underground Lights.