COMMEDIA FOR PROS
Either as an introduction or a refresher, these classes are a fundamental part of the actor's tool kit. They develop and expand the actor's vocabulary as player, performer and director. We have taught these at the Actors’ Centre, Actors’ Institute, Tokyo Setagaya Theatre, Icelandic National Theatre, across Europe and in the States.
In the past, Commedia Works has run these workshops with performance at the end, for the National Theatre’s Summer Season.
COMMEDIA IN YOUR SHOW
We can also come in work and with your company, whether it is consulting on a particular project, or just providing actors with a shared foundation of Commedia during rehearsals. It very quickly unlocks different facets of the actors' craft and inspires a special kind of synergy within the cast. We recommend a workshop at the beginning of the rehearsal process, so that the cast can continue with a heightened awareness of our practice.
"Elliott delivered a workshop that was fun, thought-provoking and inspiring. It was fascinating how an old artform felt so relevant and it encouraged us to open up our practice. This is a company that makes the old feel new."
Artistic Director of Greenlight Theatre
"Didi Hopkins is genuinely one of the most inspiring teachers I’ve ever encountered and her depth of knowledge on Commedia is astounding. Didi also makes all her workshops enormous fun from start to finish.”
"Commedia lies at the heart of storytelling tradition. Elliott's excellently structured workshop was particularly useful with regard to long form improvisational techniques and sparking new and fun ideas that can be applied cross-discipline. Like all good workshops for actors it was great to switch off the head and just do!"
Cheek By Jowl
"Most 18th and 19th century English plays owe a debt to Commedia dell'Arte, for their character structure, their storylines and their fundamental theatricality. Didi brings an effortless congruence to these various facets, teaching and inspiring the Company to inhabit a more heightened canvas, both physically and mentally, as she unites the play and its players in their own inimitable ensemble.
In both Love For Love and The Rivals she breathed life into an ancient art form, releasing creativity and imagination whilst holding on to the original fabric of the past."
Actor/ Director (RSC)