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[May. 1st, 2003|12:47 pm]
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Spent this morning reading and talking about the history and culture of medieval mystery plays. They have now become my latest obsession, and I'm currently trying to work out the best way to write a novel or screenplay about the people who put them on. Any suggestions will be gratefully received, and whoever provides them will get credit if/when I actually manage to write/publish such a thing.
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Date:May 1st, 2003 - 07:20 am
I'd suggest you concentrate on the York Minster plays- they're pretty regular, and the city is simply astounding. I can't remember any other cities that do regular mystery plays, though I'm probably wrong.
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Date:May 2nd, 2003 - 02:46 pm
This isn't strictly Mystery plays, but I'm studying Dr Faustus at the moment (Christopher Marlowe, 16thC, very influenced by Mystery plays, although you probably know that), and I heard a great story recently about a performance of it around the beginning of the 17thC when the actors noticed that there were one too many devils in the cast, and panicked - they evacuated the theatre. I thought that would make a great basis for a plot of some sort; you're welcome to it, if it helps.