IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 1519: The Play and the City in Late Medieval/Early Modern England

Thursday 12 July 2007, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Records of Early English Drama
Organisers:Sally-Beth MacLean, Records of Early English Drama, University of Toronto, Downtown
Robert Tittler, Department of History, Concordia University, Montréal
Moderator/Chair:Alexandra F. Johnston, Records of Early English Drama, University of Toronto, Downtown
Paper 1519-bLiving and Dying by the Sword: Transforming Civic Violence through the Chester Play
(Language: English)
Sheila Christie, Department of English & Film Studies, University of Alberta
Index terms: Local History, Military History, Performance Arts - Drama, Social History
Paper 1519-cOutdoors and Indoors: Performance Locations for Early London Drama
(Language: English)
Anne Lancashire, Department of English, University of Toronto, Downtown
Index terms: Local History, Performance Arts - Drama, Social History
Abstract

This panel considers aspects of the production and content of dramatic activity in the urban scene, both in London and provincial centres. Sheila Christie examines the influence of Chester’s role as a military centre and the consequent martial character of the city itself on the content and role of the Chester Whitsun Play. Turning from the content of drama to its spatial setting, Anne Lancashire considers the potential social and political implications of outdoor versus indoor performance in London from the 12th to the mid-16th century.