Harlequin Young Australia

Historically speaking, to place the word Harlequin in the title of a play in the popular theatre of 19th-century English theatre changed the audience’s usual perspective. It shouted ‘here we go again’ looking for all the interesting unexplained contradictions of life, love and liberty.

The word itself comes from the Italian Arlecchino, the name of one of the Zannis or servants of the Commedia Dell’Arte. In due course, the English created the phrase ‘smart alec’ as well as Harlequin when they translated the name.

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