Commedia dell'Arte Workshop with Antonio Fava

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Sunday October 29th – Wednesday November 1st 2017
The Monkey House

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Fourth Monkey are delighted and honoured to be welcoming the world's leading Commedia dell'Arte practitioner and mask maker, Antonio Fava, from Italy to The Monkey House in October to lead a four day intensive workshop, as well as performing a run of his new production "Pesteccorna/Pestes Y Cuernos" (Poxes and Horns) following it's successful international tour to South America in 2015. 

The workshop will run Sunday 29th October - Wednesday 1st November 9am-5pm at:

The Monkey House

97-101 Seven Sisters Road (Entrance on Hornsey Road) 

London N7 7QP

Price: £225 inclusive 

*EARLY BIRD OFFER* - book before 30th September to take advantage of our early bird offer of just £175 for the four day workshop

All workshop participants will also receive a free ticket to "Pesteccorna/Pestes Y Cuernos” performed at The Monkey House on 2nd November @ 3pm & 7.30pm and 3rd November @ 7.30pm. 

About Commedia dell'Arte:  

It's appearance in 16th Century Italy and it's spread and adaptation throughout Europe, marked a highly important turning point in the history of the western theatre and in turn the theatre changed from ritualistic and amateurish to an actual profession (art). The new actor was born, someone who possessed a personal acting "know-how". This gave rise to the Modern Theatre.

Commedia dell'Arte as presented nowadays, is an exacting discipline where practical ability and know-how are essential for those who intend to make the theatre their career. Professional actors who want updated information, pupils from schools of Dramatic Art, students and scholars who study theatrical disciplines are those for whom this training session is intended.


Over the course of the four days the workshop will cover:

- The Mask: use and meaning (giving the participants the unique opportunity to work with Antonio's hand crafted renowned leather masks)


- Fixed types and character parts:

Old People


The Zanni 

Captains and their main variants

The functions of the characters

Gestures and behaviour of the characters

The Lazzi


The workshop will focus on three main areas: Technique, Improvisation & Canovacci

About Antonio Fava: 

Antonio Fava is an Actor, Author, Theatre Director, maestro of Commedia dell’Arte and of Comedy. He directs the International School of the Comic Actor in Reggio Emilia, Italy, as well as designing and making leather masks for use in his school and professional productions. He teaches Commedia dell’Arte in schools, universities and drama academies throughout the world. 

His masks are on show in museums and cultural institutions throughout the world. Antonio is also an international Director of some repute and author of the book entitled La Maschera Comica nella Commedia dell’Arte, published by Andromeda, as well as The Comic Mask in the Commedia dell’Arte, published by Northwestern University Press. 


This workshop is aimed at all those with an interest in physical theatre, physical comedy and/or mask work and would suit all ability levels; from anyone with a basic understanding of the practice to those with extensive Commedia experience wanting to benefit from the unique opportunity to work with Antonio in London. 

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Starts: Sunday, October 29th 2017 at 9:00am
Ends: Wednesday, November 1st 2017 at 5:00pm

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Timezone: Europe/London
Bookings close: October 27th 2017


The Monkey House
97-101 Seven Sisters Road
(Entrance on Hornsey Road)

N7 7QP
United Kingdom

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