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Depending on the area of the performances, the plays
were performed in the middle of the street:
On pageant wagons in the streets of great cities,
In the halls of nobility,
In the round in amphitheatres. (Guildhall Yard)…read more

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All medieval stage production was temporary and expected
to be removed upon the completion of the performances.…read more

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The actors move between the wider space in
front of the raised staging areas and the elevated
areas themselves (called the locus and the
platea) in order to suggest scene changes.…read more

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Actors, predominantly male, typically wore
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Types of medieval theatre:
Folk plays - In England the folk-plays, throughout the Middle Ages
sometimes took the form of energetic dances. The Arch shaped
theatre is a good way to include the audience in the energetic play
and make them all feel part of the action that is going on.
Mystery plays ­ These are plays based on bible stories. The curved
style theatre helps because the dialogue is easy to deliver to a large
school.
Morality plays - Also known as interludes. The morality plays aim
to educate via entertainment. The medieval theatre helped this
because with the arched shape the audience would feel that they
were part of the action and this may help them to learn better as they
are more included in the entertainment and are learning without
realising.…read more

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