Lecture on Medieval Drama Coming in March
The Medieval Fair Lecture Series will be presenting a new lecture called “Medieval Drama in Performance – By You!”
Medieval drama was the original street theater. The “mystery plays” retold biblical stories, from Creation to Doomsday, through short segments performed on wagons that moved around town. Now, Medieval Fair attendees can learn about these plays and even participate in miniature productions of several medieval hits by attending this free lecture on March 8 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.
Attendees can learn all about this interesting form of entertainment by watching or participating in miniature readings of The Second Shepherds’ Play, The Play of Noah and other popular plays from that time period. All plays will be read in the modern English translation.
Prior experience in drama is not necessary – the actors who originally performed in these plays were all amateurs. They were local people, members of trade groups and other organizations that each took responsibility for one of the plays. The local people of cities like York, England, still put on some of these plays each year.
“Medieval Drama in Performance” is the sixth lecture in the Medieval Fair Lecture Series. These lectures are designed to help individuals learn about the Middle Ages in an exciting way. There are no papers or tests—the goal is to have fun and learn something new.
This lecture will be presented by Dr. Joyce Coleman, Bambas Professor of Medieval English Literature and Culture at the University of Oklahoma. Coleman is an expert in the fields of medieval literary reception, performance, and patronage.
The lecture will be held from at the Norman Public Library, 225 N. Webster, Norman, OK and is free to the public.
For more information about the Medieval Fair Lecture Series, visit http://www.medievalfair.org/lecture_series.html. More information about the Medieval Fair, in general, is also available on their homepage: medievalfair.org.