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Young masquers explore Italian artform

9/06/2016
On May 17,  sixteen of Oakey High’s  Year 9 and 10 Drama students joined Clint from Homunculus Theatre Co. (a Brisbane based theatre training centre), for a Commedia Dell’Arte drama workshop.  
 
Commedia Dell'Arte (comedy of artists) originated in streets and market places of the early Italian Renaissance, although it's roots can be traced as far back as Ancient Greek and Roman Theatre.
 
Italian street performers donned masks with exaggerated comic features to draw attention to themselves and complement their physical and acrobatic skills.talian street performers donned masks with exaggerated comic features to draw attention to themselves and complement their physical and acrobatic skills.
 
Oakey High students spent the day mastering and refining Italian Masked Theatre convention through voice, movement and classical mask training.
 
Skills learnt during this workshop will help students not only excel in their practical Drama assessment this term, but also in everyday situations such as job interviews, team work and social communication, and public speaking.

 
 
 
Students were given the chance to experiment and explore situations that they may experience in day-to-day living in a safe and supportive environment without the fear of judgment or persecution.
 
 
“It was a joy to see students really come into their own and express themselves while exploring such a different dramatic style of theatre. Students challenged their own interpretation of social norms and dramatic stock characters while having fun and seemingly being tricked into learning in the process,” Drama teacher, Glen Marshall reflected.