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Online encyclopaedias

Online encyclopaedias are great for short, concise and correct information. Access is best using Hale's portal's Online Encyclopaedias page and then search for the article you are after.

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A short film giving an overview of the history of Commedia dell'Arte. In this film Didi Hopkins from commediaworks describes the influence of commedia dell'arte on modern theatre and other dramatic formats such as film and television.


This film is an introduction to the world of Commedia dell'Arte. Learn about all of the stock characters in Commedia, the masked and the unmasked, their status, their physical shapes and their characters.


Each commedia character has a specific physical shape and way of moving.



This film looks at ways of physicalising the primary emotions: joy, grief, fear, anger, surprise, love, laughter and how to use this in a performance rather than 'acting'.


COMMEDIA DELL' ARTE Pantalone and Columbina


Online databases

There will be many good articles about this topic available from our online databases. Use advanced search strategies e.g. are dates important? are you only after full text articles? magazines or newspapers?

Some suggestions would include:

Remember you can download the content to access later as well as the audio. It is useful to listen to the audio as you read the text at the same time. For example:

Commedia dell'arte masks & costumes



Commedia Dell'Arte with Rosa Campagnara - The Aside:


Reference Generator

It is important to provide evidence of using a variety of reliable resources. Use the online Reference Generator available through the Portal to create your citations. Make sure you alphabetically sort them afterwards.

A sample bibliography for 3 resources suggested on this page would look like:

'Commedia dell' arte' 2018, World Book Student, World Book, Chicago, viewed 6 August 2018,


'commedia dell'arte', 2004, Shakespeare's Theatre: A Dictionary of His Stage Context, pp. 113-114.

‘Commedia Dell'Arte with Rosa Campagnara’ 2018, The Aside, Podcast, Drama Victoria, 23 March, accessed 6 August 2018, <>.