The Arte of Commedia Workshop

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Matriark Art Theatre

The Arte of Commedia Workshop

Venue Riverside Theatre
Dates 07 April - 10 April 2014

Bring Commedia dell’Arte to life for your students with this fantastic workshop brought to you by award winning “comedians”, Matriark Art Theatre.

Students will get to watch Commedia della Scorreggia, a classic story about one woman pursued by three men. This show introduces audiences to the classic stock characters of Commedia dell’Arte in a whirlwind of Italian Renaissance hilarity. Stick-fighting, song and dance, slapstick and mask work are just some of the things used to bring this ancient story to life. This short performance will be followed by a Q&A session, where students are given a brief overview of the history and significance of the art form.

The rest of the workshop will be focused on break off masterclasses where students will have a choice of learning how to play the servants, the masters or the lovers and will be taught some common lazzi (comic action) associated with them. Students will then be introduced to mask technique and prop handling as well as physical comedy, stage combat and structured improvisation. At the end of the workshop students will perform for their peers in short improvisations using all the skills they’ve learned.

The Arte of Commedia is led by Commedia expert Nicholas O’Regan. Nick recently returned from training and performing under legendary Commedia practitioner Antonio Fava in Italy. Our other tutors are just as skilled and all tour, teach and perform Commedia regularly around NSW. 

“Seeing the characters actually come to life was really helpful. It’s much better to see them than read about them”

“I felt inspired by the workshop so persue commedia further!”

Comments from students of Blaxland High School from the 2013 Workshops


Dates & Times:
11:00am, Monday 7 April
11:00am, Tuesday 8 April
11:00am, Wednesday 9 April
11:00am, Thursday 10 April

Student/Additional Teacher $23*
*Transaction fees may apply


STEP 1. Download & Complete Booking Form

Secondary Education Booking Form

All bookings require a completed Booking Form. Risk assessments and education support materials (where provided) are available online. If you are from a Priority Funded School, please contact us regarding possible ticket subsidies that may be available to you.

STEP 2. Send your Booking Form to Us

Fax or e-mail your booking form to Riverside Education:

Fax: 02 9683 3267
Scan and E-mail:
Mail: Amy Matthews, Riverside Education, PO Box 3636, Parramatta NSW 2124.

N.B. Please do not send any payments with your booking form. Riverside will confirm your booking and then forward an invoice for your deposit. Bookings are made in strict order of receipt of booking form.

STEP 3. Riverside will Confirm your Booking

Riverside will confirm your booking and invoice the school for a $125 deposit. Teachers receive complimentary seating on a 20:1 ratio (unless otherwise specified). Once you have paid your deposit, your booking is secure. You can request changes to student numbers up to 4 weeks prior to the performance.

STEP 4. Final Payment

Riverside will invoice you for the balance, payable 4 school weeks before your performance or workshop date. At that stage student numbers are final. Bookings cannot be held if your final payment is not received and the deposit is forfeited. An increase of numbers is possible after the final payment day and is subject to availability.

STEP 5. Final Information Sent to Schools

A letter of confirmation will be issued instead of individual tickets if you attending a performance that has been allocated as a schools matinee. For other general public performances, you will be issued with tickets which you will be required to collect from Box Office before the performance. Prior to your visit, we will send you detailed information via email to ensure you have a hassle-free excursion. This will include updating you on any possible changes to times or more detailed information as it emerges from the rehearsal process. Please ensure you have given a valid email address on your booking form.

STEP 6. Attend and Enjoy!

Seating at schools performances is general admission and schools will be asked to enter the theatre as a group. We advise arriving at the theatre approximately 30 mins prior to your performance.

Terms and Conditions

The following Terms and Conditions apply for each Riverside Education performance booking:

  • A non-refundable deposit of $125 is to be paid within 14 days of the booking being confirmed by Riverside;
  • Changes to student numbers must be in writing and no later than school 4 weeks prior to the performance;
  • Final payment is due 4 school weeks prior to the performance;
  • Any changes to student numbers after this time are at the discretion of Riverside and subject to availability;
  • The booking is made on behalf of the school and the school accepts liability to make payments on the due dates.

Please note all school bookings made within 4 school weeks of a performance date must be paid in full within 1 week of confirmation and are final. There are no refunds or changes to numbers or dates on these bookings. If you have concerns about meeting the terms and conditions, please contact the Community Relations & Education Coordinator on 8839 3308.

Please find a range of helpful teaching resources related to The Arte of Commedia Workshop, below:

The Arte of Commedia Workshop – Curriculum Links

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Ticket Prices

Student/Teacher $23

Transaction fees apply

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Web $3.60
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