International Commedia dell’Arte Day …and ISCAD’s birthday

On February 25th1545 a troupe of comic actors signed legal documents to become the first incorporated theatre company. Symbolically Commedia dell’Arte was born and it began to spread through public squares royal courts and theatres all over Europe. On the same day in 2012 the official Commedia dell’Arte Day celebration coincides with the birth of ISCAD International Society of Communication and Drama. ISCAD is the not-for-profit dramatic society and child of ISLaD Hackney-based adult drama school for international Londoners. Born by the desire to keep ISLaD’s multi-ethnic learners together even after the end of the courses the dramatic society promotes intercultural communication across nations cultures and social groups by supporting the performing arts and creating original theatre work.ISCAD’s members include professional and amateur theatre lovers from all countries and walks of life. Working on universal comedy stereotypes participants to the International Commedia dell’Arte Day will find out that you can break down cultural boundaries with wit and humour. Emilia Teglia founder and managing director of ISLaD comments: “This project is born at a time when the economic crisis points towards a new upsurge of nationalism and ethnic closure in Europe and in the UK. Yet Hackney is one of the Olympic locations for London 2012 and there is a duty to preserve the borough’s historical role as a safe port for international artists and free-thinkers which has made it the diverse cultural centre it is today.”  ISCAD’s board of trustees is formed by six London residents originally from five different countries including the UK.The event is led by Artistic Directors and Commedia dell’Arte experts Didi Hopskin (check her masterclasses at the National Theatre here: and Paola Cavallin (see some of her work here: .  Using hand-crafted leather masks physicality and improvisation participants will devise stage and perform comical scenarios impersonating the traditional characters of Commedia: Zanni Pantalone Dottore and the Lovers. The event will take place at the Royal Inn on the Park 111 Lauriston Road E9 7JH on Saturday 25 February between 11.00 and 16.00. Tickets are available for £10. All profit will go towards the creation of the first ISCAD’s performance. Read the event’s details on E-mail to reserve a place and find out how to become a member.”