05 May 2021 — 12 July 2021

Commedia Dell’Brent

Commedia Dell’Brent is a drama participatory project using the Italian comical artform of Commedia dell’Arte, supported by Brent 2020 Culture Fund.

Participants will explore and learn this style such as the stalk characters physicality and traits, mask acting and lazzi etc. They will then create a show portraying characters and stories related to the life in the borough of Brent, whilst satirising stereotypical visions young people hold of old people and vice versa through humour.

If Commedia dell’Arte made fun of the Italian types of the sixteenth century (the merchants, servants and young aristocrats in love), who could we make fun of in a contemporary set up located in Brent?

This is an 11-week intergenerational project open to young people 16 - 25 year olds and elders 60+. There will be one weekly meeting, followed by a more intensive rehearsal period leading to a performances at the College of North West London (indoors show). The finale will see the group perform at Brent 2020's Kilburn High, in July 2021, mixing walkabout by the masked and colourful character and static performance.



  • Weekly Sessions (Wednesdays): Weds 5 May – Wed 23 June 2021, 16:00 - 18:00.
  • Intensive Rehearsals and Performances: Mon 28 and Tues 29 May 2021, 16:00 - 18:00.
  • Indoor Performances: Wed 30 June (13:15), Wed 7 Jul (16:00 - 18:00), Thurs 8 Jul (16:00 - 18:00), Fri 9 Jul (16:00 - 18:00) and w/c 12 July (TBC) 2021.
  • Outdoor Performance: July 2021 at The Kilburn High.




  • Weekly Sessions and Rehearsals: College North West London, Willesden Campus, London. NW10 2XD.
  • Indoor Performance (Wed 30 June): College North West (as above).
  • Outdoor Performance: Kilburn High Street, Brent.
  • Indoor Performances: TBC