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A Commedia Dell'Arte site specific show with young people

"Too few control the many, the many mock the few..."

Directed by Andre Pink

Presented by Contact Theatre, Dende Collective and The University of Manchester.

John Rylands Library, Manchester, 1 – 3 August 2013

This was the third time Dende collaborated with CYAC - Contact Young Actors Company. They created a show where the audience experienced The John Rylands Library as they’ve never seen it before in a promenade performance that explored love and hierarchies, past and present. Using the traditional 16th century Italian form of Commedia Dell’Arte, the Library was brought vividly to life. Two 16th century Commedia scenarios by Flaminio Scala were deconstructed and performed simultaneously in all the rooms of this magnificent building: The Toothpuller and The Two Identical Capitanos.​ This was a walk-through promenade performance at The John Rylands Library, Deansgate, Manchester.