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Located in Adelaide, Commedia con Corinna is headed by PhD researcher, director, actor and trainer Corinna Di Niro. Commedia con Corinna proudly performs and educates Commedia dell’Arte authentic to form, audience, history and culture. Commedia con Corinna runs Commedia dell’Arte Workshops and devises Commedia Shows that are contemporary and relevant to a 21st century audience, whilst remaining respectful to the genre, its framework and legacy. We are also a proud supplier of quality Leather Commedia dell’Arte Masks, Commedia Slapsticks plus a range of other Commedia resources!

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Hi, I’m Corinna and I’ve been passionate about Commedia dell’Arte for over a decade. You might say that I’m now Australia’s foremost Commedia aficionado! I am an Australian based Commedia dell’Arte practitioner who has trained with Antonio Fava – a world master in the field – and who has a PhD focussed on Commedia dell’Arte. My PhD involved creating a resource for schoolteachers to assist them in introducing this genre to their students. I am heavily researched in all aspects of Commedia dell’Arte and the new National Arts Curriculum, making my work highly desirable for schools nationally and internationally, as I have found ways to link my work to the curriculum needs abroad. As a performer and director, I’m also interested in working with artists to develop their skills in the genre and to create contemporary performances authentic to genre. As I continue to travel the world sharing my skills, hope you’ll join me for part of the journey, learning the principles of Commedia dell’Arte so that Commedia dell’Arte will continue on in every time and place! I can provide you with everything you need to know about Commedia dell’Arte. I offer performances, resources and workshops, so if there’s anything I can do for you, please don’t hesitate to ask!
Coming in 2015 – an absolute FIRST for South Australia! We are pleased to present an inspired by ‘Opera Regia’ Commedia dell’Arte performance for a contemporary Australian context … The Royal Blood Bath! As part of the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2015 & Commedia dell’Arte Day 2015, don’t miss this blood curdling hilarious performance that will leave you in stitches! Dismiss all the cliches and get ready for a Commedia dell’Arte performance as you’ve NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE!!! Schools need to book in quick to avoid missing out! Call or email Corinna TODAY to find out more!

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Attention secondary schools!!!
We have only TWO shows left of The Royal Blood Bath: Fri 13th 11am & 1pm! Tix are only $15 per student (min of 20 students per booking) and includes a Q&A immediately following the 1 hour performance! To book, email
Still deciding?
Maybe our rave reviews will help you!

Thurs 26 February, 2015 @ 9:56pm — Carola B.
What a spectacular performance from such a talented team of creative artists! The set and design is simple, almost 'Australian bogan rustic' with milk crates and hills hoist poised for prop participation, including name dropping iconic Adelaide locations, but an exceptional part of the charm of the sets is the diversity and creativity of their uses. The actors, all dressed in white, switch between their characters in an inviting but simple way using props such as beautifully grotesque masks and silly slapsticks, creating an atmosphere of multiple people with a cast of few. The timeless tragic story of love, torn in two, succeeded by death - in the most amusing way of course - brought to life through the charm of well placed sarcasm, witty one-liners, horror parents-in-law, quirky sidekicks, and a most creative use of tomatoes and watermelons that you have truly got to see to laughably believe.

Thurs 26 February, 2015 @ 8:42pm — Diane W.
Well done to the four actors in The Royal Bloodbath. They all did a great job. I was really impressed by the simplicity of the set. At first it seemed rather so-so but as it transformed into different rooms/sets it was really a testament to how creative this company must be. I don't think I'll look at milk crates the same again!

Thurs 26 February, 2015 @ 10:53am — Viv D.
This show is really different, nothing that I've ever seen before. Lots of laughs, lots of one-liners, lots of blood (I must say that the actors did a pretty good job of staying clean), and lots of characters! YES - I was surprised that only 4 actors took their bows at the end when I'm pretty sure I counted over 15 characters!

Thurs 26 February, 2015 @ 10:43am — Zoe F.
Caught the final performance of The Royal Bloodbath tonight. The show was a lot of fun. There was a good pace to start with as we were introduced to 12 or so characters. Immediately we understood that these characters are over the top, farcical and down right dirty: a mother who revels in her son's illness surely would need psychiatric help in any "normal" family, but here it all seemed quite acceptable - LOL! Loved the Prince and his girlfriend in the opening scene. The show picked up pace right towards the end when the kingdom of Adelaide falls - a hysterical finale where even more characters appear! All the witty Adelaide references throughout were incredibly done too! Well done to all involved!

Wed 25 February, 2015 @ 11:46am — Cinzia S.
Congratulations to these 4 incredibly talented, versatile and dynamic actors! What a great show! I was very grateful and inspired to see such a clever, funny and interesting Commedia dell'Arte show as part of the Fringe! Loved the way they used very simple props in such a dynamic and clever way that the place kept transforming. They really respected that rawness of Commedia but making it relevant and real for our times and context. The end is just hilarious and so it was for all the people in the audience on that night! I really hope to see them again soon! I highly recommend this show, but hurry because there is only one show left!

Tues 24 February, 2015 @ 3:11am — Martina J.
When I think of "commedia" I think of reincarnations of classic storylines where old men are fooled by their bumbling servants. This is not that kind of show! I came to see The Royal Blood Bath after Commedia con Corinna's success of their last fringe show which modernised a classic love story with hilarious results. They've really gone 10 steps further and have taken commedia to a whole new level, at least for Adelaide audiences that is! This hilarious comedy of two young lovers desperate to be together and a royal husband and wife who detest one another is placed in what could be described as a back yard in Adelaide, a spinning hills hoist and a number of milk crates that transform into various scenes and props. There's something great about the simplicity of the set and the continual references to Adelaide locations, which made seeing this commedia show a real pleasure. What I enjoyed the most was the audience involvement with characters shaking hands with us and asking us to "all rise" and cheer upon the Queen (and the king's) entrance. And then of course that moment of fear came when two servants raced out with plastic requesting that the front row cover was awesome! All my senses were awakened! I don't want to spoil it for those who haven't seen it yet but the last scene is so funny, so gross, and so unexpected that even the actors had a hard time containing themselves. It's such a pity that shows like this don't get the backing & support of the fringe & mega media like the big comedians do. There's one show left on Wednesday 25th Feb at 6:30pm so go check it out!!! I wish the company well for their future endeavors!

Sat 21 February, 2015 @ 10:07pm — Chick C.
Well done to the talented 4 actors involved! I recommend people go see this show - it's a rare find in such a full on festival. It's not mainstream and you wouldn't notice it among the billions of companies who clearly have mass advertising budgets - but once you find it, it's definitely worth it. Bravo!

Sat 21 February, 2015 @ 3:19pm — Jim R.
The Royal BloodBath is a great show! From the transforming set, to the Adelaide references, to the young lovers, to the husband and wife plotting to kill one another. It's really funny and kicks the audience interaction part into overdrive towards the end, when there really is a bloodbath (I thought that was just a quirky title)! The ending is hysterical...warning - don't sit in the front row!

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