BooksOphaboom has been featured in a number of books and journals, including:
Commedia dell'Arte: A Handbook for Troupes by John Rudlin and Olly Crick
Faust: Icon of Modern Culture by Osman Durrani
Shakespeare Survey: Shakespeare and Language by Stanley Wells
New Theatre Quarterly edited by Clive Barker and Simon Trussler
We also recommend The Innamorati by Midori Snyder, a novel inspired by Commedia dell'Arte. (A French edition is available here.)
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Links to other sites featuring Ophaboom Theatre Company members:
HG Biography: on the Endicott Studio site
Fairy Tale Theatre, The Art of Transformation: The Journal of Mythic Arts, Spring 2007
Mask & Movement: The Puppet Centre Trust
The Selkie Bride: Wild Theatre
Daughters of Elvin: medieval music and dance
video by the Stereo MC's
Trix Press: HG poetry publication
Penny Dreadful Theatre Company
The Bitches Ball
CastNet: SR biography
Links to sites featuring Ophaboom collaborators:
Owen Powell: writer and performer
Ninnian Kinnear-Wilson: mask maker
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The Ophaboom Theatre Company, founded in London in 1991, specializes in creating and performing contemporary works in the Italian Commedia dell' Arte tradition.
In its earliest form, Commedia married the rough entertainments of traveling mountebanks and street peddlers with the masks of carnival and the classicism of Greek and Roman drama -- using stock characters to create a vibrant physical spectacle performed on high trestle stages in crowded squares or piazzas. The popularity of Commedia dell' Arte spread across medieval and Renaissance Europe with profound results. Its themes can be found time and time again in the works of Shakespeare, Moliere and other great European dramatists.
Drawing on medieval theatre and the origins of Commedia, Ophaboom set out to create a style of theatre in the manner of strolling players that would resonate with a modern audience. Although we sometimes perform in traditional theatre spaces, we also set up our trestle stage at festivals, on street corners, in village halls, in bowling alleys and many other less conventional venues -- for Ophaboom is dedicated to bringing theatre to audiences who might not otherwise go to see it.
We draw on the themes of familiar stories (Richard III, Robin Hood, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Faustus, etc.) and make use of traditional Commedia techniques, but our shows are not museum pieces from a bygone age. Ophaboom brings the trickster spirit of Commedia into the 21st century, creating shows that are socially and politically topical...as well as slapstick and hilarious!
We perform in a variety of languages (sometimes within the same show!), and have toured extensively through France, Spain, Italy, Holland, Denmark, Belgium, Germany, Poland, and throughout the British Isles. We have also toured in North America and South Korea. We were honored to be asked to perform four times at Venice Carnival; and we were the first English company to appear at the Medieval Festival in Le Puy-en-Velay.
'Criminally insane comedy.' -- Time Out
'The actors are masked, the action is loud and the satire is topical. The four-strong company generate a winning warmth.' -- The London Times
'Ophaboom have preserved the spirit of Commedia dell' Arte whilst developing it into a form which is very much of today.' -- British Theatre Guide
The Ophaboom Theatre Company:
Geoff Beale: Co-founder and Artistic Director
Howard Gayton: Co-founder and Artistic Director
Sarah Ratheram: Performer
Claire Jones: Performer
Go to the Ophaboom Theatre Company page for more information on the members of the company.
For performance or workshop booking information, contact James Seabright Theatre Productions.
Who I'd like to meet:
Performers and fans of Commedia dell' Arte, physical theatre, mask theatre, and puppetry. Tricksters, jesters, heyokas, pahkolas, sacred clowns, coyotes, scamps, wise fools, Punch and Judy, Captain Jack Sparrow, Homer Simpson, and all who believe in the power of laughter to delight us, outrage us, and change the world.
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- Zodiac Sign: Capricorn