• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

A Comparison between Commedia Dell’ Arte and Trestle

Extracts from this document...


A Comparison between Commedia Dell' Arte and Trestle Commedia and Trestle are both mask performance companies each with its own mask rules and styles. Commedia is mostly set in olden times and uses more traditional characters and plots, where as Trestle tackles more up to date issues and focuses on more of an emotion than a character. Commedia was mostly popular from the 15th to 17th century, but was said to have been derived from the Ancient Greeks comedies (Fabula Arellana). Trestle on the other hand is a recent company and was only established 1981 by Toby Wilshire, Sally Cook and Alan Riley. Commedia was originally an Italian based company and uses half masks. ...read more.


Trestle has not got one character per mask; they use different characters in every mask because the masks are set as emotions and not as definite characters. In Commedia certain characters moved in very odd ways. Example the Harlequin and Mezzetino characters walk with a slight bounce, with pointed feet and with an almost ballet technique. Trestle is completely different again. Where as Commedia has certain movements and physical skills, Trestle has not much certain movements but just elaborated ones because of the lack of vocal communication. In Commedia because of the half masks, the actor's mouth is showing. This is very helpful when you are trying to portray different emotions. ...read more.


They do not script their plays. They just run from improvisations. We used more of the Trestle way of producing a play, but then used the notation of Commedia so we wouldn't forget it. The masks are created in different ways. For example, Commedia used leather. This is because in Italy it is so bright and the plays were usually performed outside, therefore using leather eliminates glare to the audience. A disadvantage of this is the heat inside the mask. It could sometimes become really unbearable. Trestle uses plastic. This is because it projects on stage better than most materials. This also keeps heat in and sometimes becomes a problem. Trestle and Commedia both use masks and are both theatre companies, but I hope you can see that obviously they are completely different in many aspects. By Joseph Connor ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Plays section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Plays essays

  1. Threepenny opera plot

    Filch enters the shop followed by Jenny and the rest of the whores who are all demanding their money for whereabouts of Macheath, they find out that Peachum will not pay them because Mac had managed to escape. At this point we see a side of Jenny that we know

  2. Comparative Essay between 'The Italian Job' (1968) And 'The Italian Job' (2003).

    Yet his character seems deprived of a social life and the 'cool' elements. An example of this is when Lyle (Seth Green) and Handsome Rob (Jason Statham) are going after a van and uniform for the unsuspected infiltration into the enemy's home.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work