‘Trouble Inn Paradise’ – 2016-17 Touring Production trio-inn-paradise_smallcopyright

“Very appropriate content and helped students to understand and develop the precision of the characterisation”
(St John School, Leatherhead, performance and workshop for Upper and Lower Sixth)

“Brilliant day, lovely atmosphere and wonderful connection with the students. Made my job heaps easier!”
(Melksham Oak Community School, performance and workshop for yr 9 and yr 12)

“They were fully engaged and enjoyed the workshop and performance immensely… A really excellent workshop. The perfect balance between watching and learning. It was also great that you all seemed to have such good control of a large number of children”
(Beaudesert Park School, performance and workshop for yr 7)

Learning Through Theatre presents a culturally rich and highly entertaining comedy show, followed by participatory Mask Drama & Slapstick Comedy Workshops that are fun, inclusive and challenging. This madcap play is devised and performed in a traditional Commedia dell’Arte style, featuring the stock characters and including many well known lazzi and slapstick routines.

This is an ideal package to:

  • enrich your curriculum
  • form part of an Arts or Multi-Cultural Week
  • provide a cultural experience of live theatre for all children, ticking the pupil premium box

Learning Through Theatre presents ‘Trouble Inn Paradise’

Silvio and Isabella long to be wed but Isabella’s father has arranged for her to marry someone else. In despair, the heartbroken dreamers decide to run away together and what better place to start this secret adventure than somewhere that no one else goes. Contrary to what the name suggests, The Inn Paradise is dilapidated, the food is terrible, there are rats running riot and no one wants to visit.  The perfect spot… or is it?  The hopeless romantics arrive to find an incompetent Capitano Noasenso in charge, a clueless new waiter on front of house and, to make matters worse, a restaurant inspector suddenly arrives … all is not what it seems.

“… a gobsmackingly fun performance for all ages …(Young Promoters, AirInG)

This is a story of love, deception and vermin. It is a zany, fast-paced farce that is packed with slapstick laughs and larger-than-life characters from the Commedia dell’Arte tradition.  This Renaissance theatre style emerged in Italy, in the 16th century and is the origin of pantomime, silent movies, cartoons and timeless sitcoms.

Performed by Cheryl Parmenter, Mark Reid and Alex Newport.

Directed by Cheryl Parmenter.

We have taken A Servant of Two Masters as our inspiration for many scenes of the play so this package is an ideal curriculum support for introducing devising and A Level set texts: A Servant of Two Masters as well as the comedies of Moliere and Shakespeare.

We have been working Suscito Films recently, exploring 360 degree filming. Here’s a sneak preview of the characters in action – we recommend you look at this on a tablet or smartphone and move it around to see all 360 degrees! You can use a mouse to scroll around on a laptop/PC but the best effect is achieved with a mobile device:

UK Tour – Book now for 2017

We are performing predominantly in the South West of England however we are happy to travel further afield too.  Drop us a line to find out more information and receive a tailored quote to bring the touring show-workshop package to your educational institute or venue.

“(They) effortlessly moved from one character to another and between genders… Scenes with the head chef Brighella and new waiter Arlecchino, and his pet rat, were hilarious, as was the Doctor’s attempts to remove the sword from the Restaurant Inspector’s chest.”  (Gloucestershire Echo)


‘Trouble Inn Paradise’ appeals to all ages. The simple slapstick humour is loved by young, primary aged children, as much as by sixth formers. We can tailor the workshops to suit age group, ability and curriculum.

The performance runs for 1 hour and is suitable for 5 years upwards.

The workshop duration is 1 hour 45 min and is for up to 30 participants. Longer workshops can be arranged – a full day can be booked delivering differentiated workshops for different year groups.

The company is touring on a daytime schedule, touring with a simple backdrop and props. There are no technical requirements apart from a large well lit space (though no stage lighting is required). The show is best performed on the floor and a variety of spaces can be worked in (minimum 6m x 4m stage space).


To find out more or to book a performance for your venue, contact Cheryl Parmenter on 07932 067585 or email cheryl@learningthroughtheatre.co.uk

or complete a booking form here:

Download a booking enquiry form here

Dowload our touring pack information for primary schools. Secondary school/college information pack upon enquiry. Contact us for this.

Photos copyrighted to Domonic White, Suscito Films