La Biblioteca




CYC and Contact Theatre in association with Dende Collective and The University of Manchester


Director Andre Pink

Assistant Director Mark Croasdale

Designer Steve Denton 

Stage Manager Tasia Hodge 

Photographer Joel Chester Fildes

'Experience The John Rylands Library as you’ve never seen it before in a promenade performance that explores love and hierarchies, past and present. Using the traditional 16th century Italian comedy form of Commedia Dell’Arte, the Library is brought vividly to life'.


La Biblioteca was a Commedia Dell’ Arte inspired piece presented by Contact Theatre, Dende Collective and The University of Manchester. The work was performed in the historic John Rylands Library throughout August 2013 by the Contact Young Actors Company (CYAC). Mark worked on the project as both Assistant Artist to Tom Hogan (Aqueous Humour/Loud and Proud Arts) and Assistant Director to Andre Pink of Dende Collective. 

'...Few directors would relish such a challenge and it is testament to them that this piece worked so well... full of energy... packed with drama, intrigue and hilarity.' Go See This

Contact Theatre
The University of Manchester
The John Rylands Library
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© Mark Croasdale 2019