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Transcript of Medieval Theatre
This is because they often put things into their plays that went against the king at that time.
As for actors, they were most often local amateurs, and they were mostly men. Few women if any were aloud on the stage. The over all culture of the people were centered around Christ and the Bible. So, naturally, the plays in the medieval times were about that. The events were also about Christ. During the crusades, they fought over land they all believed was theirs. All together, the culture of this time was mainly about the Bible and God The black death which was a deadly disease. The Doomsday Book which was a major requirement of feudalism or the Feudal System. The Crusades were also a major event in this time. It was a war over what multiple religions believed to be the holy land. Theatre technology was very basic. The actors would use pulley-like machines to raise and lower cast members. Examples include the coming of an angel or the ascension of Jesus. THEATRE STYLES There were a number of plays throughout the medieval times.
The main plays were:
-Miracle There were two kinds of staging: Fixed and mobile. Fixed stages were a lot like stages in modern theatres. Mobile stages were set up on pageant wagons, which were a lot like parade floats in our time. Simultaneous staging is a unique characteristic of medieval theatre. Stages were set up in a platform-like manner and were also elaborately decorated. Actors performed standing on, in front of, or between the platforms. SETTING THE STAGE THE "MUST SEES" Some of the most famous plays were... -The Second Shepherds play- a series of mystery plays created by the wake field cycle
-Everyman- a morality play about a man learning to save his soul
-The Passion Play- another mystery play about Christ during the last supper and crucifixion Mortality plays
Religion drama The big types of plays were: The medieval times has helped us today by our plays that we play at Christmas time, because we usually use some of the type and some of the plays during Christmas because of the type of plays they did. In medieval theatre, plays' primary content was religion, they always depicted religious themes and were performed as part of religious instruction. Acting styles were informative, realistic, and melodramatic. Actors were always male, with some exceptions in France, and were considered societal dregs. Sets were staged in churches or were converted to portable stages for traveling actors. In Western theatre, plays explore a variety of themes and genres and are primarily realistic, but are also symbolic. Actors and actresses are among society's most idolized and richest members. Plays are seen as entertainment and can be found on TV or the Internet as well as on stages.