Adapted from Carlo Goldoni’s mid 18 th Century Italian comedy, The Servant of Two Masters is a delicious feast of fun, following the story of an enterprising and perpetually hungry servant who endeavours to work for two masters in order to earn twice the meals!
The Servant of Two Masters is Goldoni’s most popular and loved comedy to this day, and his prolific writing career left a legacy to Italian Theatre. Throughout his life, Goldoni undertook a personal mission to reform the approach to performance in his country. He believed the improvised work of the famous stock-character, masked, Commedia del Arte troupes had become lazy and predictable, and through his scripted dialogue he urged a style of playing that explored the honesty and wit of real life through comedies of characters’ manners and behaviours. With the mask removed, Goldoni aspired to a more accessible and truthful mode of storytelling, with individuality and a sense of realism that reflected contemporary life. This new adaptation of The Servant of Two Masters retains the essence and hilarity of it’s 1700’s source, whilst honouring Goldoni’s own legacy of reform by bringing an immediacy to our contemporary audience.
The Servant of Two Masters
By Carlo Goldoni
Adapted By Francesca Savige and George Banders
Directed By Francesca Savige and George Banders
Bella Vista Farm Park, Baulkham Hills
Dec 15th, 16th, 18th, 21st, 23rd, 28th (@7.30pm); 30th (@3.30pm)
Everglades Garden, Leura
Jan 13th, 19th, 26th, 27th (@7.30pm); 21st and 28th (@3.30pm)