Commedia dell’arte Workshops

Q: What is Commedia dell’Arte?

If you’ve enjoyed any of our previous mask workshops, you’ll love this term’s Commedia dell’Arte sessions at Moffat Youth Theatre!

Commedia dell’Arte is a form of rehearsed, improvised comedy that uses traditional stock characters – some masked, some unmasked – a stylised menu of acting techniques, simple staging and some hilarious plots lines. It even has its own language…

In this term’s Commedia dell’Arte Workshops…

We’ll run 5 two-hour sessions where we’ll:

  • explore the history, characters and techniques of Commedia dell’Arte in more depth
  • learn how to use mask, body and voice to create great street theatre
  • get good at Grammelot (the nonsense language of Commedia)
  • find out about staging and costume…
  • …and nail the art of comic timing!

Every session will be energetic, fun and packed to the brim with creative ideas and inspiration.

To sign up for the workshops or to find out more

simply email us at!

Useful to know:

  • no previous theatre experience necessary
  • no audition required
  • the programme is open to young people from age 8 and up, but please note that participants will need to have a level of maturity and concentration to be able to get the most out of the sessions
  • we expect the workshops to be lively, energetic and probably a bit noisy

We reserve the right to cancel programmes if there are insufficient numbers to allow workshops to run successfully.

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This is for you if…

  • you’d like to learn performance skills that are energetic and dynamic
  • you want to push yourself creatively
  • you enjoyed working with masks at last term’s workshops
  • you’ve enjoyed previous workshops at The Studio Theatre (such as the Saturday workshops, MYT Summer School, Mask Workshops with Colin White etc.) either as a participant or a member of the audience

These classes won’t be suited to everyone—if we feel your child would get more out of an alternative class, we’ll discuss this with you.

For Ages:

8 to 18 years


Saturdays from 2pm to 4pm (2 hours)


11 Jan to 8 Feb


£30 for 5 weeks

What to bring to workshops:

  • comfortable clothes that are easy to move in
  • grippy socks or non-marking trainers to wear
  • water