A Shifting Sands Workshop Production


"Love that is not madness is not love”

Pantalone takes his daughter, Isabella, against her will, to a distant city to be married. Her true love, Oratio, and his faithful servant set out to rescue her. To avoid the marriage, Isabella feigns madness. A fortune teller warns she will die if not married. Signs are seen in the sky. A prophet arises predicting the end of the world. Fear and panic multiply. Oblivion beckons!

Using a 500-year-old scenario, Shifting Sands Theatre Workshop present an exciting mix of Clowning and Commedia dell’Arte. Masters, Lovers and Servants argue, trick and deceive each other in a world rich in love, jealously, revenge and, above all else …stupidity!

Commedia dell’Arte - popular improvised, comedy arose in 16th Century Italy using recognisable, everyday stock characters - has influenced comedy since its inception, from Shakespeare to Moliere to Charlie Chaplin to Fawlty Towers and Father Ted.

“Loved the energy, the bouffonerie, the tale, the timing!”
“Really liked its warmth, its characters, its craziness.”
“A modern take on traditional Commedia & clowning; so touching.”
“The acting was brilliant! Also, the music! The characters well drawn and executed. Comedy and philosophy!”

Image by Paul Mac.

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