Welcome to the mad, bad, sad world of the Bard – Commedia style… Much dell’Arte About Nothing is a hilarious mash-up of Shakespeare’s works, presented in the Commedia dell’Arte tradition. Utilising slapstick, masks, stage combat, dance and stock characters, watch familiar Shakespearean references be transformed and invigorated – all with a good dose of irreverence!


There is no better way to truly engage your students with Commedia than through a Matriark Theatre experience. The teacher feedback for workshops Matriark presented in 2015 was so positive that Monkey Baa invited the company to create a full-length show for this year’s season. This production is not just for Drama students; Much dell’Arte will enliven Shakespeare studies in English, giving great material for comparison of texts and an alternative to traditional adaptations.


Each performance will be followed by a detailed Q&A, including demonstrations, key techniques, and discussion of how Shakespeare was influenced by Italian Comedy. Seeing the experts flaunt their talents on stage will visibly raise the bar on student learning. 

"An enjoyable, entertaining and energetic performance...simply an outstanding experience."

- High School Teacher

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Emily McGowan

Nicholas O'Regan

George Zhao



Director: Scott Parker

Dramaturg: Kathryn Parker

Designer: Aleisa Jelbart

Sound Designer: Kathryn Parker

Lighting Designer: Martin Kinnane

Stage Manager: Faith Brown

Future Seasons

Our 2016 season finished with a bang! Stay tuned for news of Much dell'Arte as we bring it back for future seasons.  If you are a teacher and looking to give your students an experience of Commedia performed live, we will be presenting a new show in 2017 while offering workshops in schools and venues throughout the year. Visit HERE for more information.

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Photography by Robert Catto