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Medieval Theatre

Drama Project: Allie, Ashley, Inwoo and Izzy

izzy atkinson-smith

on 18 November 2012

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Transcript of Medieval Theatre

MEDIEVAL THEATER! FUN FACTS! Romanticism is best credited from the Medival times. The actors were all men. Theater buildings were not permitted throughout Europe during the medieval times, but bands of jongleurs (acrobats, puppeteers, jugglers, animal trainers and storytellers kept theater alive. Christians believed that this type of theater was a sin. Masks used in the Medieval times were often very grotesque Frightening people into good behavior Also, long noses were a very common feature of the masks. VOCAB! saint plays Plays based on the legends of saints Mystery Plays Based on biblical history Morality Plays Taught the difference between right and wrong, in the context of the devil and God battling for souls. Folk Dramas "Feel-good" plays, not based on religion. Shorter than morality plays and more humorous Moral Interludes Cycle A series of short plays depicting religious history from beginning of life to end. Wagons on which actors traveled around. (Stages on wheels) Paegant Wagons Mansions Platforms on which plays were performed The Passion Play A play based on the last week of Jesus' life By Izzy, Allie, Ashley and Inwoo. THEATRE AND STAGE • Nobles helped fund for the development of stages and theatres
• There were 3 main types of plays during that time: miracle, morality, mystery
• Christians condemned these plays as “brutal and stupid”
• They used to be performed in church masses and then they were performed for the whole community • The stages were fixed or movable
• There were only a limited amount of seats so many stood
• The 3 main techniques used in stages were: trapdoors, fire, and flying techniques
• Most stages were set up in: streets, private halls, market places, churchyards THE STYLE - Many plays focused on religion
- They were dramatic
- Operas were common as they were sung in Latin
- Priests/nuns/choirboys were often the cast of the performances
- Occasionally, comedic acts were found such as Robin Hood Key People from Medieval Theater As theater was loosely organized in the Medieval Ages, there were not many notable actors and playwrights, or even famous plays.

Generally, the plays were Bible stories or Morality plays which were plotted up simply by several people. Also, acting and theater was not a profession at the time and was rather a past time, or a talent. Actors were not individually praised, as they were each part of the traveling troupe.

However, there are some playwrights, for example the base of popular movie, "The Passion of the Christ," was in fact a medieval play composed by John Ashton, or Hrotsvitha, a german woman who made several works. THANK YOU FOR WATCHING!
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