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Medieval Theatre, Religious Plays and Traveling players

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Ella Cumber

on 19 September 2010

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Transcript of Medieval Theatre, Religious Plays and Traveling players

Medieval Theatre Represented Bible Stories in churches Developed from the 10th and continued to through to the 16th century Most popular in the 15th century rendered obselete and became less popular as professional theatres became more popular 2 types of performance arts evolved from medieval theatre Religious plays and Travelling players Religious plays were performed by guilds Travelling players usually consisted of jugglers, acrobats, minstrels and troupadours Religious Plays Originated from church processions and paegents in medieval churches to celebrate saint's days and festivals Congregations of people would gather on the chuch steps to watch the processions and shows Religious plays eventually developed into Miracle and Mystery plays some plays were humourous, others were violent Cycles of plays were performed on carts that moved through various towns plays were performed only metres away from the audience Travelling Players Miracle plays educated the audience with bible stories Much more light-hearted than Miracle plays - Travelling players aimed to entertain the audience Travelling players had much more in common with a modern day circus Consisted of troupes of actors that relied on stock characters to use throughout various performances Often performed on the street or in any form of open space - audience members could come and go throughout the performance Comedia Dell' Arte Theatrical style from Italy (16th-18th century) Each actor played a stock character in companies Often based their devised plays on the various stock characters they had in their troups Troupes greatly relied on improvisation and comedy skills
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