Episode 52

This episode looks at how the Corpus Christi plays were organised and staffed with actors, tradesmen and other organisers and supporters.

How rehearsals were organised and what was expected of actors, including details of the contrast they were expected to sign.

The different playing spaces that were used for the plays, including three main types, the round, the wagon, and the market place.

The role of ‘The Ordinary’ and other things we know about the way the plays were presented.

The rise and fall of the Saints Play

For the illustration of the martyrdom of St Appolonia see: https://thehistoryofeuropeantheatre.com/gallery/

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