Pantalone's Inn is a hilariously entertaining performance based on the Italian Comedy of the 16th Century, Commedia dell'Arte. This performance is in English (with some Italian) and features the traditional masked characters of the commedia. Audiences will be transported to the Italian city of Bologna, the home of Bolognese sauce! Laugh-out-loud at loads of silly slapstick, misunderstandings and bad wigs!
The action takes place in Bologna, Italy, famous for housing the first University in Europe. Pantalone, a rich but stingy Venetian, has decided to start a business - a restaurant - in Bologna. Here he employs two zanni (servants), Brighella and Alrecchino. Business is good, but his relationship with his son, Flaviano, is bad.
Flaviano, has fallen in love with Beatrice, the daughter of Il Dottore (Pantalone’s life long nemesis) and so, Pantalone forbids the lovers to marry. Beatrice is heartbroken. She flees to Barcelona, Spain, to ‘get away from it all’ where she falls in love with Il Capitano Mattocuore Juan Jose Heartbreaker the 31st.
Meanwhile, Il Dottore Intelligentus Maximus, who also doubles as the town Health Inspector has threatened to close down, Pantalone’s Inn. He gives the old man an ultimatum – get The Lovers back together or be forced out of business! Pantalone, with the help of his servants, has one week to accomplish this mission. Will Brighella help save the restaurant? Or is he too busy with his new television show, PastaChef?
Brighella Mortadella (A Servant)
Arlecchino Stinky Rear (A Servant)
Pantalone de` Bisogniosi (The Master and Flaviano’s father)
ll Dottore Intelligentus Maximus
(The Health Inspector and Beatrice’s father)
Beatrice (A Lover and Il Dottore’s daughter)
Flaviano (A Lover and Pantalone’s son)
Il Capitano Mattocuore Juan Jose Heartbreaker the 31st
(Flaviano disguised as Il Capitano, a Spanish soldier)
What people have said about Pantalone's Inn...
Both performers make clear sense of the traditions of Commedia dell'Arte by expressing them with infectious vitality in sparkling performance. They have the confidence, flexibility and wit to improvise with impressive spontaneity and abundant humour.
Suzanne Sandow, Stage Whispers Click here to read the entire Stage Whispers review
Make A Scene presented a very polished performance of Pantalone's Inn to an audience with an age range from Year 2-Year 9. This was a particular challenge and the actor's ability to read the audience and tailor the work accordingly was most impressive. Staff and students thoroughly enjoyed the play. Additionally, the performance was supported by an excellent set of educational resources which were emailed well before the performance. This company are very professional and I was impressed by the way in which they had to present a slightly shorter version of the show at very short notice, due to a last minute event taking place at our school. I cannot recommend this group more highly!!
Deborah Farago, Bialik College
The students were entranced as the actors changed from character to character. The humor translated well with lots of current references which were appreciated by the girls. All in all a great experience which we will definitely be repeating in the future.
Michele McNamara, Head of Drama, Firbank Grammar
...saw Patalone's Inn at Glen Waverley Secondary College. Two excellent performers held 170 Year 7's spellbound. Great work!
Karen Keegan, Shows for Schools
On behalf of the Year 5 & 6 teachers and students I would like to thank you for your wonderful performance. The students thought it was 'funny as'. As for the teachers we thought you were very entertaining and that as actors you were absolutely wonderful.
Gloria Puopolo, Head of LOTE, Keilor Views Primary School
The students of Christ Church Grammar were delighted to welcome back Make A Scene for a third year in a row. It can be a real challenge to find a performance that equally engages all primary year levels but Pantalone's Inn did this to perfection. In all my many years of teaching I have never seen a performance that so captivated the students attention.
Christine O'Brien, LOTE Coordinator, Christ Church Grammar
We would like to thank you for coming to perform Pantalone's Inn. The students were enthralled with your performances, and both our Italian and Drama courses were entriched by having you perform. You definitely helped our students comprehend Commedia dell'Arte at a deeper level. The students particularly enjoyed the energetic nature of the performance and the fact that both actors frequently transformed characters seemlessly. They learnt about audience involvement, dramatic elements and non-naturalistic techniques.
Emma Jones, Head of Drama, Gladstone Park Secondary College
We loved the show and we thought it was very clever. The students gave us lots of positive feedback.
Marie Prolisko, Head of LOTE, Keilor Secondary College
Wow! Pantalone's Inn was performed brilliantly...they used different voices and accents for the various characters and exaggerated movements. It was wonderful to see how the actors kept improvising. They were really quick thinkers and responded effectivley to each other and to the audience. The play taught me many different things which I hope will improve my skills in comedy.
Year 8 Student, Firbank Grammar
Pantalone's Inn' is a fun-filled performance that offers students great examples of Commedia conventions in a modern setting. I'd highly recommend it!
Sean Collins, Drama Teacher, Emmanuel College
My students thoroughly enjoyed Pantalone’s Inn. The actors had the students cry with laughter and cheering for more. The show was interactive, educational and so engaging! We can’t wait to have them back next year!
Jenna Lo Bianco, Italian & Drama Teacher, Emmanuel College
Our Year 9 students were 100% engaged and couldn't stop raving about Pantalone's Inn.
Sonia McHugu, Performing Arts Teacher, Creekside K-9 College.
Your performance was absolutely fantastic. The students were engaged and even the teachers couldn't stop laughing. The question time at the end was very beneficial and the way you answered the students was great. Thank you again for an entertaining and enjoyable show.
Maria Cudo, Grade 5/6 Italian Teacher, Westmeadows Primary School
This performance is adaptable for Primary (Grade Prep) through to Secondary (VCE) for students of Drama and/or Italian.
Resources & Curriculum Material
When you book our performance you will receive a resource kit to help you prepare your students for the performance. In the meantime, feel free to copy and paste information from our website to create your own handouts or direct your students to our Commedia dell'Arte page.