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Comedians… Left, Right And Centre Stage

The Servant of Two Masters was chosen for Class 7 to perform because the Commedia dell’arte belongs to the Renaissance period  – one of the History Main Lessons delivered to pupils at this age in Waldorf education. Well, for this sound educational reason, as well as one a little more characteristic of the particular Class…


Class 7 prepared and brilliantly performed the classic Italian comedy The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, under the direction of drama instructor James Cumming and Teacher Javier Gonzalez.

The play tells the story of a hungry servant who, upon realising that working for two masters could ensure him a greater supply of food, tries to do the job of two men while working desperately to conceal that fact from both employers.

Whilst the play stayed with the era in history the pupils had been exploring in The Age of Discover and The Renaissance Main Lesson, Mr Javier Gonzalez, selected the play on more personal grounds too:

“Class 7 is a Class full of comedians”, Javier notes. “As soon as I read the script, I thought that the combination of humour, improvisation and powerful monologues about modern society and women’s empowerment were perfect for the pupils”.

After working hard to learn their parts, build sets, create costumes, and develop their theatrical skills, cast members wittily called on their experience of a close knit school community, incorporating peers in the audience into the play ad lib, creating bellyfuls of laughter along the rows of Classes on Friday lunchtime, leading the school into the half-term high spirited.


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