20 Lazzis In A Hat

50mins + 10mins Q&A
Grades P - 6
Available Terms:
Term 1 - 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 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 how much energy, commitment, comedic flare, and incredible technique are needed to bring this tradition to life!

Learning Areas:

The Arts (Drama)

Strands: Developing an understanding of practices

Responding to and interpreting artworks

Languages (Italian)

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
  • Mistakes
  • Empathy
  • Consequences
  • Choices
  • Juggling of commitments
  • Status
  • Fear
  • Courage
  • Risk-taking
  • Comic relief
  • Dramatic form
  • Creativity and imagination

Devised by: Clint Bolster, Allie Wilde & Nick Cilento
Directed by: Clint Bolster

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)

Homunculus Theatre was a wonderful experience for our students. It’s rare that such a well organised and skilfully crafted show makes it out to our remote school. The show itself was thoroughly entertaining and enjoyed by all age groups from Prep to Year 6. The workshop following the show was engaging and catered for all of our students and their ability levels. I would recommend Homunculus Theatre to any school in Australia. ★★★★★

Laura State School, Far North Queensland