Posted by Ros Connors

Complete Commedia Company bring Midsummer Madness to Horndon Feast and Fayre

Thurrock’s own professional theatre troupe, The Complete Commedia Company is embarking on an ambitious project to bring a new festival of theatre to the borough. Following the success of the Company’s Schoolyard Scenarios and A Christmas Carol in 2021, it brings an original piece of theatre to Horndon on the Hill for the annual Feast and Fayre in June.

On Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 June, the Complete Commedia Company present their very first Commedia dell’Arte street festival in conjunction with the Horndon Feast and Fayre. Join them and students from two local schools: Woodlands School and Grays Convent High School, for two days of riotous fun as 16th century Italian comedy is brought live to the streets of Horndon on the Hill. The festival showcases the work of students at both schools who have worked with the Complete Commedia Company to learn the art of Commedia dell’Arte. It will also premier the company’s brand new show made especially to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

On Saturday 25 June, students from Woodlands School in key stages 3 and 4 perform their own original pieces of Commedia dell’Arte. Sunday 26 June sees Grays Convent High School key stage 3 students present their Commedia work. Performances begin at 12:30pm and run until 3.30pm on both days. All
performances are completely free and will take place in the car park of the Horndon on the Hill Village Hall.

The Complete Commedia Company present the premier of their hilarious and playful new show ‘A Midsummer Night’s Jubilee’ on Saturday 25 June at 7pm. The performance is an irreverent take on Shakespeare’s much loved comedy romance.

Ros spoke to Bernadette Wakeling, artistic director and co-dounder of Complete Commedia Company.

Photos: Complete Commedia Company

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