20 Lazzis In A Hat

50mins + 10mins Q&A
Grades 7 - 12
Available Terms:
Terms 2 - 4
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20 Lazzis in a Hat is pure entertainment!  An exciting journey into the heart of Commedia dell’Arte – promising students non-stop fun, comedy and excitement.

Audiences will discover the origins of Commedia dell’Arte and witness, first hand, its improvised nature.  The performance showcases numerous masked stock characters, hilarious burle and 20 of Commedia’s famous traditional lazzi consisting of verbal asides on current political, social and literary topics, pratfalls and acrobatics.

The performers embody the style with their heart, body and soul; showcasing just how much energy, commitment, comedic flare and incredible technique is needed to bring this tradition to life!

Learning Areas:

The Arts (Drama)

Strands: Developing understanding of practices

Responding to and interpreting artworks

Humanities and Social Science (History)

  • Renaissance Italy.

Languages (Italian)

  • Role of language and culture.


  • Language for interaction.

General Capabilities

Critical and Creative Thinking

  • Express ideas, concepts, thoughts and feelings creatively.
  • Consider and evaluate motivations, intentions, influences and biases.
  • Offer and receive effective feedback.

Ethical Understanding

  • Apply skills in reasoning, empathy and imagination.
  • Make judgements about actions and motives.

Personal and Social Capability

  • Initiative.
  • Confidence.
  • Resilience.
  • Adaptability.
  • Empathy.


  • Commedia dell’Arte.
  • Mask.
  • Traditional and Contemporary Clowning.
  • Shakespeare.
  • Melodrama.
  • Visual Theatre.
  • Physical Comedy.
  • Physical Theatre and Circus.
  • Non-verbal Communication and Mime.
  • Improvisation.
  • Slapstick.
  • Political Satire.
  • Parody.

Themes and Contexts:

  • Creativity.
  • Imagination.
  • Transformation.
  • Play.
  • Audience engagement and interaction.
  • Role and Relationships.
  • Status.
  • Choices and Dramatic Form.

Devised by: Clint Bolster.

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All prices include GST

Staging Requirements:

  • An indoor venue guarantees a better and more intimate performance
  • Outdoor venue need minimum of one wall
  • 5x5m wide space (no power outlet is required)