Date of Award

January 2015

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Theatre Arts

First Advisor

Kathleen McLennan


The purpose of this thesis is to successfully portray the character of Sylvestro in

Frank Dunlop and Jim Dale·s Scapino!, an adaptation of Moliere·s Les Fourberies de

Scapin. In order to fully grasp the comedy of the script, an analysis of the comedy of

Scapino! was conducted using French philosopher Henri Bergson·s essay Laughter. This

helped to find what made situations and characters funny in the script. It also influenced

an analysis of the character of Sylvestro. By using Bergson·s philosophies and applying

them to the research, the third chapter illustrates that the rehearsal process of Scapino!

has been successful and the production promises to be a hit.