The York Mystery Plays: Performance in the City

The York Mystery Plays: Performance in the City

by Margaret Rogerson (Editor)


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The York Play of Corpus Christi, also known as the York Cycle, has been central to the study of early English theatre for over a century and a touchstone for the revival of medieval dramatic practice for over fifty years. But these two endeavours... have often found little common ground. This volume therefore accomplishes something very important. It brings together scholars of medieval English drama and places them in dialogue with experienced practtitioners from the community. Together, they share a common commitment to understanding how performances matter to the communities that produce them, and how plays intersect with other public activities. CAROL SYMES, Professor of History, University of Illinois at Urbana. This volume provides a wealth of new insights into the performance of mystery plays in medieval York and their modern revival. It utilises both academic study, and the practical experience of those who now produce the cycle within York itself on wagons in the street, in an approximation of their original performance. A number of topics are covered. The manuscript is linked to Richard III; the Masons are introduced as non-guildsmen in an enterprise assumed to be guild-specific; families, not just male heads of households, are shown to be important to the dramatic narrative; and cognitive theory elucidates performance past and present. Recent productions are discussed in lively detail by those directly responsible for them, leading to analyses of performances in Israel, Spain, and Australia, not all of them of a predictable kind, which offer further angles on the medieval dramatic tradition. Professor Margaret Rogerson teaches in the Department of English at the University of Sydney. Contributors: Margaret Rogerson, Keith Jones, Richard Beadle, Sheila K. Christie, Mike Tyler, Jill Stevenson, Elenid Davies, Ben Pugh, Peter Brown, Tony Wright, Steve Bielby, Emma Cunningham, Alan Heaven, Linda Ali, Paul Toy, Gweno Williams, John Merrylees, David Richmond, Alexandra F. Johnston, Sharon Aronson-Lehavi, Pamela M. King

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781903153352
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date: 04/21/2011
Pages: 266
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Performance in the City - Margaret Rogerson Foreword: The Mystery Plays and the Community - Keith Jones Nicholas Lancaster, Richard of Gloucester, and the York Corpus Christi Play - Richard Beadle Bridging the Jurisdictional Divide: The Masons and the York Corpus Christi Play - Sheila Christie Group Dynamics: The Noah Family in the York Pageant of The Flood - Mike Tyler Embodied Enchantments: Cognitive Theory and the York Mystery Plays - Jill Stevenson Performing Mystery Plays in twenty-first-century York: Practicalities of Modern Production: Setting the Groundwork - Elenid Davies and Ben Pugh Performing Mystery Plays in twenty-first-century York: The Pageant Master's Overview - Mike Tyler The York Wagons: Construction, Dressing, and Performance: Designing for the Fall of the Angels [Young York Civic Trust] - Peter Brown The York Wagons: Construction, Dressing, and Performance: A Custom-built Wagon for the Crucifixion Play [Company of Butchers] - Tony Wright The York Wagons: Construction, Dressing, and Performance: Creation of the World to the Fifth Day - the Wagon [York Guild of Building] - Steve Bielby Interpreting the York Text: Words and Music: The Potters' Pageant of Pentecost [Pocklington School] - Emma Cunningham and Alan Heaven Interpreting the York Text: Words and Music: The Pageant of The Resurrection - Christ's Appearance to Mary Magdalene - Linda Ali Interpreting the York Text: Words and Music: Music and the York Mystery Plays - Paul Toy Producing The Creation and Fall of Man in twenty-first-century York: 'Thys werke is wroght now' - Gweno Williams The Communities of the York Plays - Alexandra F. Johnston Raising the Cross: Pre-Textual Theatricality and the York Crucifixion Play - Sharon Aronson-Lehavi Confraternities and Civic Ceremonial: The Siena Palio - Pamela M. King Devotional Acting: Sydney 2008 and Medieval York - Margaret Rogerson Glossary Bibliography

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