Drama Before Shakespeare: The Weird & Wonderful World of Medieval Plays

Ref: C2228494

This course offers an introduction to the vibrant drama of the medieval period and early-sixteenth century. Using surviving documents, contemporary works of art and videos of modern productions, the course explores the origins of dramatic performance in the medieval church before exploring the captivating Mystery Cycle of York. It then focuses on the plays of medieval East Anglia which was very different but just as fascinating but just as fascinating and spectacular. Beware- on the way we will encounter many Stage Devils. You have been warned!

Course aim

This course is an introduction to the vibrant drama of the medieval period and the early-sixteenth century.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify different styles of medieval drama from around Britain.
  • Define what made East Anglian drama unique.
  • Explore medieval plays as both works of literature and practical stage performances
  • Evaluate why these plays were performed during the medieval period.
  • Identify how these plays were put on and their social effectiveness within medieval communities.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

You do not need to bring anything particular to the course- just a willingness to engage with medieval plays!

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Drama Before Shakespeare: The Weird & Wonderful World of Medieval Plays

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Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2021
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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