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Year 8 - Masks and Commedia Dell’ Arte: Brighella

A guide to information resources on masks and commedia dell arte for your year 8 Art and Drama topic, compiled by your Librarians. Last updated December 2017.

Brighella's Mask

A description of Brighella's mask from Commedia dell' Arte: an actor's handbook:

"The bizarre, half-cynical, half-mawkish expression of his olive-tinted mask, once seen, is never forgotten.  It is distinguished by a pair of sloe eyes, a hook nose, thick and sensual lips, a brutal chin bristling with a sparse beard and finally the moustache of a fop, thick and twirled up at the ends in such a manner as to give him an offensive, swaggering air."

More mask pictures

Mask of Brighella

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Books in the Senior Library

These books are in the Senior Library, they include lots of information on Commedia dell'Arte and all the different characters.

Video about Brighella

 Watch this video to see actor David Kelch talking about Brighella,

the character he has played in the Commedia Dell Arte production 

"The Servant of Two Masters."

Find more information about Brighella at the Piccolo Theatre website

(Source of video: youtube)

Website - Carnival

This website about Carnivals includes information on Commedia Dell Arte.

Website - Commedia

Judith Chaffee's Commedia website includes information and resources about Commedia Dell Arte.

Find out more about Brighella

Find out more using Sweet Search, a search engine designed to help students find reliable information.

Try choosing two of the keywords below, type them in the search box and see what information you can find.

So, for example, you could type "Brighella mask" to find more information on Brighella's mask or type "commedia Brighella" to find out more about Brighella in Commedia Dell Arte.  Can you think of any other keywords?  Try using them to find more information. 

Pictures of Brighella


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Take part in our poll!

Some people think Brighella shares characteristics with these animals.  Which animal do you think the character of Brighella is most like?


half dog, half chicken


lazy cat combined with a rat

~ "Clear"ly Harmless ~


Take part in our poll!
half dog, half chicken: 123 votes (23.93%)
lazy cat combined with a rat: 251 votes (48.83%)
snake: 140 votes (27.24%)
Total Votes: 514