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MEDIEVAL, RENAISSANCE, AND ELIZABETHAN THEATRE Take Notes
MEDIEVAL THEATRE The Middle Ages began with the fall of Rome and continued until the 15 th century. -Poverty and Illiteracy among the masses were common. - For about 400 years there was no theatre, only folk festivals and wandering jugglers -The church was against theatrical things.
MEDIEVAL THEATRE HOWEVER, the church supported drama by introducing the trope in the 9 th century. Trope- short dramatized scenes -travelled Europe spreading the word/story of Christ to the illiterate. Theatre became revived for the Middle Ages after the church sent their tropes.
MEDIEVAL THEATRE THREE TYPES OF PLAYS IN THE MIDDLE AGES MYSTERY PLAYS- biblical stories re-enacted MIRACLE PLAYS- enacting the lives of the saints MORALITY PLAYS – stories teaching right from wrong in which characters personified abstract qualities.
MEDIEVAL THEATRE Plays were elaborately staged. The passion play evolved during the late Middle Ages. It depicted scenes from Christ’s life, particularly the last days of his suffering and his resurrection.
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RENAISSANCE MEANS REBIRTH! THE RENAISSSANCE STARTED IN ITALY
RENAISSANCE COMMEDIA DELL’ARTE A professional improvised comedy performed in the streets -Consisted of a company with usually 7 men and 3 women -Performed: Ad lib action Dialogue Song Dance Commedia dell’arte usually involved love and intrigue.
RENAISSANCE THEATRE COMMEDIA DELL’ARTE Stock Characters: HARLEQUIN: WITTY AND MISCHIEVOUS SERVENT
RENAISSANCE THEATRE COMMEDIA DELL’ARTE Stock Characters: PIERROT: aka the CLOWN… lovelorn and moody
RENAISSANCE THEATRE COMMEDIA DELL’ARTE Stock Characters: Colombine – flirtatious and pretty Pantalone- gullible father and wore baggy pants
RENAISSANCE THEATRE COMMEDIA DELL’ARTE Included the first women on stage SINCE Indian/Sanskrit drama.
ELIZABETHAN THEATRE QUEEN ELIZABETH I
ELIZABETHAN THEATRE QUEEN ELIZABETH I LOVED THEATRE
ELIZABETHAN THEATRE TOP 3 PLAYWRIGHTS OF ELIZABETHAN ERA -CHRISTOPHER MARLOW- wrote Dr. Faustus -BEN JONSON- had his thumb branded And……
ELIZABETHAN THEATRE William Shakespeare
ELIZABETHAN THEATRE William Shakespeare was most famous for his: Use of language Plays Iambic pentameter Soliloquies.