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Transcript of Medieval Theatre
• 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!