IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 1619: Entertainment in the Margins of Late Medieval and Early Modern Britain

Thursday 15 July 2004, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Records of Early English Drama
Organiser:Anne Brannen, Department of English, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh
Moderator/Chair:Arthur David Mills, School of English, University of Liverpool
Paper 1619-aProfessional Troupes in Lincolnshire: Their Identity, their Patrons, their Routes
(Language: English)
James Stokes, Department of English, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Index terms: Local History, Performance Arts - Drama
Paper 1619-bEntertainment on the Rocks: The South-Western Fringe
(Language: English)
Sally-Beth MacLean, Records of Early English Drama, University of Toronto, Downtown
Index terms: Local History, Performance Arts - Drama
Paper 1619-cThat's Entertainment: Professionals in the Cambridgeshire Fens
(Language: English)
Anne Brannen, Department of English, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh
Index terms: Local History, Performance Arts - Drama
Abstract

Professional entertainment was available to people who lived throughout Britain in the late Middle Ages and on into the early modern period, but the forms it took varied greatly. Places rendered inaccessible by geography or language were not likely to see the great travelling companies; nevertheless, travelling troupes operated in such areas. The papers in this session examine the professional entertainers working in the fenlands of the Wash, and the edges of Devon and Cornwall.