Commedia dell’Arte Workshop with Antonio Fava

Friday 27 October 2017

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 perform a run of his new production “Pesteccorna/Pestes Y Cuernos” (Poxes and Horns).

Price: £225 inclusive

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

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

 – Fixed types and character parts: Old People, Lovers, The Zanni, Captains and their main variants, The functions of the characters, Gestures and behaviour of the characters, The Lazzi

The workshop will also focus on 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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