The Spirit of the Mask is a classic Commedia dell’Arte production created by renowned practitioner Tony Kishawi. Presented as a combined interactive performance and workshop, this production allows students to explore the conventions and structures of this traditional theatrical style and demonstrates the essential elements of creating successful Commedia.
Through a physical demonstration, students will explore comedy and mask performance and will gain valuable insight into the use of mask in performance.
Characters showcased include the Zanni, the Lovers (Inamorati), Il Capitano, Il Dottore and Pantalone. Commedia conventions explored include lazzi, burle, canovacci, improvisation, audience interaction, status relationships and heightened physicality.
Homunculus Theatre Company have 10 years experience delighting and inspiring audiences across Australia and overseas.
Accompanying workshops with actors (for both students and teachers) can be tailored to unit outcomes in Commedia dell’Arte, traditional and contemporary clowning, Mask, Physical Comedy, Slapstick and Stage Combat, Visual Theatre, Physical, Theatre and Circus, and Clowns in Shakespeare.
“I thought it was an excellent introduction to Commedia dell’Arte and mask work. I saw some of my students completely transformed once they were on stage with mask on. I thought the tutors were outstanding. This was a brilliant show and I would book it again next year” – All Hallows School
Secondary Content Descriptions
The Arts: Drama
Year 7 – Year 8: ACADRM040, ACADRM041, ACADRM042, ACACRM043, ACADRM044, ACADRR045, ACADRR046
Year 9 – Year 10: ACADRM047, ACADRM048, ACADRM049, ACADRM050, ACADRM051, ACADRR052, ACADRR053
General Capabilities & Cross-Curriculum Priorities
Critical and creative thinking
Personal and social capability
Commedia dell’Arte, Mask, Physical Theatre, Comedy, Contemporary Clowning, Non-Verbal Communication & Mime Slapstick, Visual Comedy, Physical Theatre, Mime, Acrobatic, High Status, Low Status, Clown, Spirit, Heightened Physicality, Permission, Upside Down, Classic Storylines, Stand-off, Creativity and Imagination, Gesture, Character, Expressive Skills, Posture, Facial Expression, Articulation, Improvisation, Dramatic Action, Collaboration, Transformation, Roles and Relationships