About Columbina Theatre Co.
Columbina is a female servant character in the Commedia Dell’ Arte. She is the housekeeper, and in a flirtatious relationship with Arlecchino. She is a trickster, prone to donning disguises to fool the other characters. As an unmasked figure, she is a bridge between the audience and the archetypical masks, like Pantalone and Capitano. Taking our cue from Columbina, we aim to create theatre that is fresh, clear, insightful, popular, and which engages the audience directly, appealing to them on all levels.
We believe that the verse drama tradition, which stretches back to the beginnings of culture, can be powerful and meaningful in the present day. The ancient rituals on which theatre is built have their counterparts and resonances in the modern world. Our company is devoted to creating a wide variety of performances that combine the vigour and musicality of verse drama, with the full physicality and elemental power of masked theatre.
How we started (2 minutes)