Online Commedia dell’Arte Teaching Resource
Homemade Comedy is a new series of online lesson plans delving into the world of comedy, slapstick, mime, sitcom, funny language, Commedia dell’Arte… and farts.
The lesson plans are designed as a course to be taught in sequence, however you can pick and choose lessons or exercises to best suit you and your curriculum. You may use this resource as an introduction to comedy, slapstick or Commedia dell’Arte. (Please note that while the lessons are based on commedia concepts and practice, this is not a comprehensive course in the study of commedia with all its conventions and nuanced stock characters. Rather it is to be used as a guide to understanding and embodying the spirit of comedy and commedia by getting students to be physical, playful and present).
For Yr 10, VCE Theatre Studies & Drama Students:
This resource includes activities to extend senior students so as to acquire a better understanding of the actor’s process for developing characters and telling stories.
For Primary – Year 9 Students:
This resource includes activities and exercises that are also suitable and adaptable for these levels. (Please review all materials – including written excerpts and videos – and use your discretion.)
SEE HOW IT’S DONE!
Your students will be guided through Homemade Comedy with a collection of videos featuring our talented company members Mason Gasowski and Freya Pragt demonstrating various lazzi and walking students through the actor’s process, as well as footage from current and past Make A Scene shows The Servant of Two Masters, Venice in Love, and Pinocchio – and of course wider examples from both contemporary and classic TV comedies and sitcoms.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
- PLAY, PLAY, PLAY! The starting point for comedy to develop and evolve.
- LAZZI, slapstick, physical comedy techniques and conventions
- Guided VIDEO TUTORIALS and demonstrations of characters and lazzi.
- Introduction to the MASK and some Commedia dell’Arte characters
- The importance of OBSERVATION
- Concepts of AUDIENCE INTERACTION.
- Activities, exercises and improvisations to identify and explore COMEDY TECHNIQUES.
- Fun PROVOCATIONS and starters for further character exploration
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We hope you find this resource useful and it becomes the source of much online laughter!
Grazie e buon divertimento!
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