MEDIEVAL THEATER

MEDIEVAL THEATER - MEDIEVAL THEATER Dark Ages (early Middle...

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MEDIEVAL THEATER Dark Ages (early Middle Ages) Background Theater was fragmented b/c no central gov’t to sponsor it Small traveling troupes set up performances on small scale No demand for seres plays, scripted drama Folk Drama (Robin Hood) Based on stories of individual regions Pagan elements Maypole and whatnot Church Liturgical Dramas Medieval drama re-emerged in the Church based on religious rituals The church leaders realized that theater could be a powerful teaching tool so put theatrical elements into church services Begins 10 th c. Quem Quaeritis Trope 1 st troop origins of Liturgical Dramas Means “Whom are you looking for?” Very 1 st line in dialogue in 1 st liturgical play Eventually the churches banned the plays from the church service Corpus
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