IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 105: A Killing, a Royal Visit, and Some Stilt Walking in Honour of David Mills

Monday 9 July 2007, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Medieval English Theatre
Organiser:Philip Butterworth, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Sally-Beth MacLean, Records of Early English Drama, University of Toronto, Downtown
Paper 105-aMaking a Song and Dance of it: (Self) Presentation in the Ballad of John Spenser
(Language: English)
Elizabeth M. S. Baldwin, University of Victoria, British Columbia
Index terms: Performance Arts - General, Performance Arts - Drama
Paper 105-bRoyal Visits and Civic Ceremony: A Research Opportunity
(Language: English)
James M. Gibson, University of Kent
Index terms: Performance Arts - General, Performance Arts - Drama
Paper 105-cWalking in the Air: The Chester Shepherds and their Antics
(Language: English)
John Marshall, Department of Drama, University of Bristol
Index terms: Performance Arts - General, Performance Arts - Drama
Abstract

This session, the first of two in honour of David Mills, concentrates on the analysis of records in relation to plays, stories, and royal visits. Elizabeth Baldwin investigates the killing of Randall Gam by John Spenser in 1617. James Gibson examines the relationship between payments to local entertainers and royal entertainers during royal visits to medieval towns. John Marshall uses records and play texts to investigate the possibility that the Chester Shepherds who walked on stilts in the Midsummer Show may have figured in the Shepherds’ pageant.