IMC 2008: Sessions

Session 705: Playing Conventions, Wealth, and the 'M' Words

Tuesday 8 July 2008, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Medieval English Theatre (METh)
Organiser:Philip Butterworth, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Peter Meredith, School of English, University of Leeds
Paper 705-aPlaying Conventions in the English Medieval Theatre
(Language: English)
Philip Butterworth, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Paper 705-bThe Concept of Wealth in Tudor Interludes
(Language: English)
Peter Happé, Department of English, University of Southampton
Paper 705-cDrama and the Three 'M' Words: Medievalism, Mysteries, and Moralities
(Language: English)
Katie Normington, Department of Drama & Theatre, Royal Holloway, University of London

Philip Butterworth’s paper seeks to identify English medieval playing conventions by dealing with the implications arising from the question: ‘What did the player do who had just completed his lines?’ The intention of Peter HappĂ©’s paper is to examine how the notion of wealth is interpreted in Tudor interludes. The study is partly informed by the idea that interludes carried a great deal of meaning as expedient public statements as well as being conceived as theatrical entertainments. Katie Normington’s paper argues that much 20th-century scholarship on early drama worked to a set of principles which were based on maintaining ‘fixed’ boundaries. Her paper suggests other ways of categorising early drama through a study of wider conditions of the ways in which audiences watched events and analysis of the rules which governed performance space.