By David Griffiths
Targeting Commedia Dell'Arte, this paintings offers a ancient and significant statement of the Commedia. It highlights universal components among this style and that of the japanese Noh theatre. the writer proposes six similarities: characters prevalent to their viewers and masked, minimum homes and surroundings with the focal point at the actor, the "families" of performers, a pointy brain in addition to an agile physique, a certified dwelling on those abilities and patronage, and a well informed viewers. Complementing this publication is the play "Please Be light" which explores many of the tips and units of Commedia Dell'Arte appearing.
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16 INTRODUCTION 25 We need to be reminded that a Commedia actor would usually perform only one character in his or her acting career. So he would carry in his armoury a ‘store… of philosophical sayings, poetic conceits, pleas of love, reproofs, despairs, frenzies—which [to] have on hand for various occasions’17 and which would be totally and recognisably associated with that singular character. He could refine, and test his material as he toured from place to place adding and subtracting local reference according to where and to whom he performed.
Loud) Oh… dear! (Hoots of laughter from JUDY. To self) Now then, what to do? Sudden inspiration followed by the now familiar crack of the slapstick Yeesss! Window open… (Hideous chuckle) she’ll be able to hear my woo. So… (Wooing posture) Right (Clears throat) Errrrr… (No other sound emerges. Sudden amnesia) Start again. (Same wooing posture) Errrrr… (Same problem of amnesia) I know… (Sudden inspiration) I’ll ask Judy. She’ll know. That’s it… (Inspirational gesture) Ask Judy. (Prepares an ‘ask Judy’ posture) Judy… (Clears throat.
This man has suffered. He’s been brutally attacked and he’s hurt. PUNCH: (Brightly) Who is? HIMSELF: You are. PUNCH: I not. HIMSELF: You were. PUNCH: (Standing threatening) Not! HIMSELF: I saw you. PUNCH: Where? HIMSELF: (Indicating his head) There. PUNCH: (Mock terror) This? (Points to head) Me? HIMSELF: You. JUDY: (Belts him) Like that. You! PUNCH sinks to his knees HIMSELF: Police! Decision made, turns to go. With amazing agility PUNCH and JUDY leap before him, threatening PUNCH: No! JUDY: No Police.