Never Wear the Same Socks Twice

A short comedy written in the style of Commedia dell Arte, the Italian street theatre entertainment of the 15th & 16th centuries. Well suited for exploring comic technique & stereotypes in comedy as well as money, decepion and greed. Few props and no scenery required.

An excellent example of Commedia dell'Arte and would flow brilliantly into a pastiche project for the pupils

J Pain, Drama Teacher & Peer Reviewer

What do teachers say about this resource? (2418)

A Commedia piece with more than a whiff of the Marx brothers. Knock about fun, I smiled and laughed aloud several times. I really liked the two improvised/'still to be sorted out' sections – they are very much in the spirit of Commedia. How nice to have written examples of this rather than to talk about the improvised nature of Commedia in the abstract. I can see it going from "page to stage". I will definitely stage this play

N Phillips, HoD & Peer Reviewer

I thought the resource was very user friendly and that students would really enjoy reading it and acting it out... I think it really enhances learning about Commedia del arte. It will deepen undestanding of the characters and their reactions to each other... Good for Y8 and Y9 and could also be used within the the BTEC Performing Arts courses during the study of different genres... I would purchase this resource for teaching

B Chapman, HoD & Peer Reviewer

I very much enjoyed reading through it and can picture it being performed by some specific individuals in my own school. It is simple in terms of scenery and props, yet calls upon skills that help to stretch the more able in drama if more time was to be spent on honing the performance... I think that it is an excellent example of Commedia dell'Arte and would flow brilliantly into a pastiche project for the pupils

J Pain, Drama Teacher & Peer Reviewer

For the purpose of teaching genre it would work very well [...] introducing students to a style of theatre they may not be aware of and giving them the opportunity to examine what humour is all about. I liked its simplicity and I feel it works well for KS3... Simple, easily accessed plays are always useful

R Farish, HoD & Peer Reviewer