From Nought to a Mumming in Ninety Minutes

The importance of performance in teaching and learning about early drama is widely acknowledged within our field.  Medieval plays are embodied cultural artefacts: performance-based research is crucial in helping us to formulate new questions and hypotheses.   Embedding performance into teaching medieval drama can be challenging, however.  Sometimes there is not time within a course covering … Continue reading From Nought to a Mumming in Ninety Minutes

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Engaging Modern Audiences with Medieval Plays: The Oxford Mystery Plays Project

Forty-six writers. Fourteen actors. Eight plays. One city. These were the components of the Oxford Mystery Plays 2017, a public engagement project during which local groups rewrote and performed the York Plays for a modern audience. For the past three years, I have been writing a doctoral thesis about medieval English religious theatre, including the … Continue reading Engaging Modern Audiences with Medieval Plays: The Oxford Mystery Plays Project

Performing Movement in the N-Town Raising of Lazarus: An Alternative Introduction to Early Drama

Integrating any of the N-Town plays into an undergraduate or a graduate syllabus can feel like a daunting task. When students ask the understandable questions of ‘who wrote these plays’, ‘where were they performed’, ‘who were their audiences’, or ‘why was this group of plays compiled together’, one can feel inadequate when shrugging shoulders and … Continue reading Performing Movement in the N-Town Raising of Lazarus: An Alternative Introduction to Early Drama

Early Drama in the Classroom: Back to the Future Workshop

As part of the University of Manchester’s Widening Participation Programme, I was asked to put together a workshop covering some area of my research, pitching it for schoolchildren in years 8 or 9 (ages 12-14). Medieval literature may seem irrelevant to a modern society, but there are important challenges that we face today on global … Continue reading Early Drama in the Classroom: Back to the Future Workshop

‘The Pride of Life’ Manuscript

  There are many images that might be considered fundamental, or at least quite useful, to a robust undergraduate course on early drama:  the stage plan from The Castle of Perseverance, the woodcuts from Skot’s edition of Everyman, Denijs van Alsloot’s painting of the Brussels ommegang pageant wagons, Cailleau’s resplendent painting of the Valenciennes Passion … Continue reading ‘The Pride of Life’ Manuscript

Coming Up… Launching ‘Early Drama Up Close’

The Early English Drama and Performance Network are pleased to announce the launch of its new blog site: Early Drama Up Close! The aim of this blog is to provide short, informative, and fun articles by both established and emerging scholars on any aspect of early drama, showcasing their exciting research and, we hope, prompt … Continue reading Coming Up… Launching ‘Early Drama Up Close’