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A podcast tracing the development of theatre from ancient Greece to the present day through the places and people who made theatre happen. More than just dates and lists of plays we'll learn about the social. political and historical context that fostered the creation of dramatic art.

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The History Of European Theatre Philip Rowe

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    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

A podcast tracing the development of theatre from ancient Greece to the present day through the places and people who made theatre happen. More than just dates and lists of plays we'll learn about the social. political and historical context that fostered the creation of dramatic art.

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    Medieval Conclusions

    Medieval Conclusions

    Episode 62
    With the Reformation came the final end of the great Religious plays of the medieval period. The episode sumarises the great trends of medieval theatre and charts the final end as Europe descended into religious disagreement.
    A reminder of the journey from the religious trope, thorough the folk festivals, the cycle plays, the saints play, the morality play and the interlude.
    The end of Medieval Theatre as brought about by the Reformation and political and sociological changes.
    Some final thoughts on the legacy of Medieval Theatre.
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    • 27 min
    For the Money: The Medieval Commercial Theatre

    For the Money: The Medieval Commercial Theatre

    Episode 61
    Once the medieval theatre had moved out of the confines of the church and away from religious obligation a form of commercial theatre began, but how was money spent and income generated and was it profitable?
    The rise of commercial theatre through the Interlude and the Travelling Players
    Play expenses and income
    The rising costs of the Cycle Plays and other entertainments
    The actors contract
    The production of 'Mystery Des Trois Doms' and what it tells us about collaboration
    The relationship between the concerns of the Church, the State, and the Guilds
    The player in the service of a Lord.


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    • 29 min
    Just For Fun: Medieval Secular Theatre

    Just For Fun: Medieval Secular Theatre

    Episode 60
    Religious theatre dominated the Medieval period, but there are some examples of works written just for fun and entertainment.
    How celebrations like The Feast of Fools, The Boy Bishop and The Feast of Asses developed into secular theatre.
    The rise and influence of the travelling players and the church reaction to some of their work.
    The French travelling players Rutebeuf and Adam De La Hale.
    French Medieval comedy
    The establishment of performers guilds and the role of the player in service of a king or lord.
    A rare example of political satire in Medieval France.
    The Interlude and the work of Henry Medwell and John Hayward


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    • 30 min
    Everyman: Dutch Morality

    Everyman: Dutch Morality

    Episode 59
    Everyman is the most well known of all the Morality plays and probably an English adaptation of a Dutch original.
    Different types of Morality Plays
    The Morality play in Europe and how they differed from the English offering
    A synopsys and analysis of Everyman
    The Dance Macabre and the role of Death
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    • 27 min
    The Castle of Perseverance

    The Castle of Perseverance

    Episode 58
    The Castle of Perseverance is a great example of how difficult it can be to discuss the form of a play separately from the content and in this case we have an illustration that shows how the play might have been presented
    A summary of the plot of the play
    Details from the manuscript about dating the play
    The illustration contained in the manuscript reviewed in detail
    The problems with the way the audience might have been positioned and the play presented
    The role of the 'Stytlery'
    The ditch and how it might have been used.
    To see the illustration discussed in this episode go to the website
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    • 28 min
    Virtues Vs Vices: The Morality Play

    Virtues Vs Vices: The Morality Play

    Episode 57
    The Morality play is a type of play that for all its similarities and shared heritage with the Corpus Christi cycle plays brought something new to the world of drama and had a profound effect on the future development of theatre.
    How the Morality Plays are different from Cycle Plays
    The Development of the ideas around the seven vices and virtues and how they developed into personified characters
    The development of education in the Middle Ages and the influence on monastic preaching
    The presentation of Morality plays and the move away from the church feast day
    Examples of the different sort of Morality plays that we have mention of in the records
    The five extant Morality Plays
    The developing commercial nature of theatre including the travelling troupe of players and the booth stage
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    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

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7 Ratings

7 Ratings

PozKr2 ,

A must-listen for theatre history fans

This is one of those marvellous podcasts that finds its niche and then enthuses about it extensively. Philip knows his stuff, and helpfully comes across as a keen student rather than an expert, so we get to follow him on his journey to know more, and we learn more on that journey too. An authoritative must-listen for anyone who wants to know more about the history of theatre.

David from the Shed ,

Fascinating, detailed, even atmospheric!

I've listened to a few episodes now, and they are excellent; the author builds an idea of the environment which gives a sense of the atmosphere, quotes liberally from the plays, and is obviously in love with his subject. I know little about Greek theatre, and am loving learning more. Though seriously, those Greeks need some therapy...anyway, this podcast is excellent, I heartily recommend it

zsofis_design ,

Informative!

As a theatre design student listening to this podcast has helped me massively, it’s like listening to lectures (meant in the best way) while I work on designs.
Puts me in the right creative mindset, I can produce and learn at the same time!
Thanks a lot!

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