Short Courses / Acting / Movement

Commedia dell'Arte

  One day / May 13

This one-day course will give participants an insight into Commedia dell'Arte - a deeply physical improvisational theatre technique that finds a story by going deep into the heart of characters.

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Course Information

Course Begins: Sat 13 May 2023
Duration: One day, May 13
Ages: 18+


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Commedia dell’Arte is a dynamic and invigorating challenge with a blend of comedy and theatre. You will push your own abilities to another level and learn about yourself in the process, hopefully finding skills you didn't know you had. This training is also applicable to performance in any form, cultivating expertise in character work, physical embodiment, creation of character image, make-up masks, storytelling and acting.

In this 1 day course you will: Jump into high octane, high urgency situations with characters who are just as emotional about a lost sock as they are about a lost love.

Kelly Shatter is a writer//director//performer//educator who loves playing with the balance of comedy and drama in her work. She has an MA in advanced theatre practice from The Central School of Speech and Drama.

After years of performing, she trained in Long Form Comedy Improv at iO West to hone her comedy writing skills. Joining other alumna such as Amy Poehler, Tina Fey and Rachel Dratch. Kelly co-wrote the online comedy series “Long Dark Twenties” and co-wrote and directed the play “Big Bobby. Little Bobby” which was nominated for four Fringe awards and won First Fortnight Award.

Kelly also produces, directs and performs in live comedy improv shows. In 2017, she directed “As The Heart Speeds Along”, an improvised Commedia Dell'Arte show as part of Scene + Heard. She also co-directed “Fur City”, "An Improvised Soap Opera with Puppets" which has played to packed houses at Bewley's Cafe Theatre, Smock Alley and The International Puppet Festival.

She performed in the improvised history show “Histrionix” to a sold out run in Smock Alley Theatre. The Histronix team also recorded a live six part podcast for RTEjr. Kelly most recently performed her one woman show The Scratcher as well as improvised time-travel-comedy show Partners In Time at Scene and Heard 2023. Kelly shadow directed Lenny Abrahamson on Sally Rooney's “Normal People” for the BBC. She has been teaching theatre for over fifteen years and founded Ireland's first Long Form Improvisation School "Stoke" in 2012.

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Note: Our short courses are non-refundable and have no cooling-off period. The Lir Academy cannot provide accommodation.

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