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Playing a Part in History: The York Mysteries, 1951 - 2006 - Studies in Early English Drama 10 (Hardback)
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Playing a Part in History: The York Mysteries, 1951 - 2006 - Studies in Early English Drama 10 (Hardback)

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Hardback 328 Pages / Published: 04/04/2009
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The York Mystery Plays are a cycle of originally performed on wagons in the city. They date from the fourteenth century and Biblical narrative from Creation to Last Judgment. After nearly four hundred years without a performance, a revival of the York Mysteries began in 1951 when local amateurs led by professional theatre practitioners staged them during the festival of Britain. Playing a Part in History examines the ways in which the revival of these plays transformed them for twentieth- and twenty-first-century audiences. Considering such topics as the contemporary popularity of the plays, the agendas of the revivalists, and major production differences, Margaret Rogerson provides a fascinating comparison of medieval and modern English drama. Drawing extensively on archival material, and newspaper and academic reviews of the plays in recent years, Playing a Part in History is not only an illuminating account of early English drama, but also of the ways in which theatre allows people to interact with the past.

Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 9780802099242
Number of pages: 328
Weight: 600 g
Dimensions: 239 x 162 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Rogerson's new study is of great interest... It is a very human story with a serious academic purpose... The author can be congratulated on a work which is far more than a narrative of a city's collective efforts at a dramatic revival.' -- D.M. Palliser, Northern History: vol67:02:10

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