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

Have Some Early Drama News?

Do you have some early drama news that you would like to share with our subscribers? We would be happy to pass on your announcements of upcoming conferences, performance events, publications, job opportunities, fellowships, and everything in between! Send us your CFPs, links to any upcoming events, job announcements, and details of forthcoming publications to earlydramanetwork@gmail.com and … Continue reading Have Some Early Drama News?

Before Shakespeare PhD Studentship, Roehampton, 17 August 2018

Department of English and Creative Writing, University of Roehampton, London A three-year, full-time Ph.D. studentship is available in connection with the AHRC-funded Before Shakespeare project. The PhD studentship: The PhD will be supervised by Dr. Andy Kesson and either Dr Jane Kingsley-Smith or Professor Clare McManus, depending on the topic proposed. The successful candidate will join the … Continue reading Before Shakespeare PhD Studentship, Roehampton, 17 August 2018

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

Call for Information: York Evolving: Change and Permanence in the York Mystery Play Cycle

YORK EVOLVING: CHANGE AND PERMANENCE IN THE YORK MYSTERY PLAY CYCLE CALL FOR INFORMATION Eleanor Bloomfield, a PhD candidate at the University of Auckland, is researching modern revivals of the York mystery play cycle and is seeking first-hand accounts of the plays. Anyone who has seen, or been involved with, any performances of the York … Continue reading Call for Information: York Evolving: Change and Permanence in the York Mystery Play Cycle