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Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies

28 June 2022 - 28 June 2022

2:30PM - 6:30PM

Durham Town Hall

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This is the image alt text Commedia dell'arte, from Museo del Teatro alla Scala (Milan), via Wikimedia Commons.

In honour the 400th anniversary of the French playright and actor, Molière. Join us for highlights from French, Italian and English theatre about hypochondriacs, vile doctors, and their patient victims. No registration required - simply come.

14.30-16.30 Commedia dell'arte workshop

with Neils Badenhop, baroque dancer, designer and comedian (Berlin)

Watch a professional dancer perform 17th-century theatre dances! Learn some steps and moves from Italian pantomime! Please bring comfortable clothing and flexible shoes. Commedia dell'arte props will be provided. Absolute beginners welcome!

17.00-18.30 Lecture - Demonstration

with Perry Mills and two boy actors (Stratford-upon-Avon)

Perry's company Edward's Boys has performed to great acclaim at Montpellier, Oxford, and London's Wanamaker Playhouse. Hear more about playwrights' obsession with doctors! Witness bold scenes from French and English plays, including a crazy graduation ceremony from Molière's The Imaginary Invalid!


Free (no registration required)