Ship O Fools Workshops - COMMEDIA dell'ARTE


COMMEDIA dell'ARTE (comedy of the professional actor) originated in the sixteenth century in Italy. This style of performance is energetic, exciting, bawdy and great fun. Commedia dell'Arte is the best foundation for all forms of theatre. Their influences can be seen in Shakespeare and Moliere through to the Marx Brothers and The Young Ones and most modern day situation comedies.

CHRIS KELLY has been performing professionally since 1981. He has a B.A. with majors in Drama and Classical Civilisations from Newcastle University having graduated in 1982. In 1983 he travelled to Northern California in the United States to undertake a year-long full-time intensive study of Commedia dell' Arte at the Commedia dell'Arte School of Mime, Comedy and Physical Performance. He toured Northern California in Moliere's "The Flying Doctor" in which he played the lead role. Since that time he has performed many hundreds of shows which are all heavily influenced by the Commedia dell'Arte style. This theatre style is his passion and forte and he enjoys nothing more than passing on his expertise in this field. His workshops never fall short of expectations whilst his enthusiasm and passion for the style permeates every participant.

Winner of the 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 & 2017 PinS Award.

Fees (Hunter Region):

Double period: $330.00

Half day: $440.00

Full day: $660.00

Outside Hunter region: As above + travelling time/expenses

Min/max audience:

Preferred max: 20 students

School years suitable:



Ship O Fools


Debbie Kelly


02 4928 1523 or 0419430869