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From the earliest drama in English, to the closing of the theatres in 1642, there was a hell of a lot of drama produced - and a lot of it wasn't by Shakespeare. Apart from a few noble exceptions these plays are often passed over, ignored or simply unknown. This podcast presents full audio productions of the plays, fragmentary and extant, that shaped the theatrical world that shaped our dramatic history.
 
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Discussing: Edward II by Christopher Marlowe - with Dr. Kit Heyam This episode host Robert Crighton discusses a new book - The Reputation of Edward II, 1305-1697: A Literary Transformation of History by Kit Heyam. We delve into the changing story of Edward, what Marlowe does with the figure, and why the answer is never a red hot poker. The book is …
 
Exploring: The N-Town Play, a slow burn look at a medieval Mystery (sort of) cycle. The N-Town Play comes to us as a single manuscript, but it's a compilation of various different sources - including elements from what looks like a cycle and various other large scale productions focusing on episodes from the Bible. The journey continues with play e…
 
The Harrowing of Hell - A full cast audio adaption of one of the earliest surviving Biblical dramas in English, with bonus material of our first exploring read through of the text. In the Harrowing of Hell - the Narrator was played by Geir Madland, Jesus by Robert Crighton, Satan by Pamela Flanagan, the Gatekeeper by Mark Scanlon, Adam by Simon Nad…
 
The Rising to the Crown of Richard the Third written by himself via Giles Fletcher - read by David Ault. This is a narrative poem about, as the title says, the rise of Richard III - it's part of a mini season of work on the various narratives on Richard that existed in the early modern period. We have also on the podcast looked at: The True Tragedy…
 
Exploring: The N-Town Play, a slow burn look at a medieval Mystery (sort of) cycle. The N-Town Play comes to us as a single manuscript, but it's a compilation of various different sources - including elements from what looks like a cycle and various other large scale productions focusing on episodes from the Bible. The journey continues with play s…
 
What's Past is Prologue: The True Tragedy of Richard III, by someone for the Queen's Men. The True Tragedy of Richard III is a a truly disturbing piece of Brechtian theatre, several centuries early, and one we'd like to do one day. Here's just the prologue/opening to tantalise and moderately annoy you. The opening is performed by Geir Madland as th…
 
Exploring: The N-Town Play, a slow burn look at a medieval Mystery (sort of) cycle. The N-Town Play comes to us as a single manuscript, but it's a compilation of various different sources - including elements from what looks like a cycle and various other large scale productions focusing on episodes from the Bible. The journey continues with the Mo…
 
Spoilers: The Tragedy of Mariam by Elizabeth Cary (Act 5) Welcome to this spoiler episode for The Tragedy of Mariam, the Fair Queen of Jewry by Elizabeth Cary - and it's very spoilery! The canvas has narrowed again for Act 5, as it's almost a solo turn by Herod. If it weren't for the arrival of Nuntio there would be no one else. With a plain text r…
 
Discussing: The Ghost of Richard III by Christopher Brooke with Dr Jitka Štollová. In 1614, Christopher Brooke produced his Ghost poem on the life of Richard III. To celebrate (wantonly plug) our live streamed stage adaptation, Robert Crighton discusses the poem and a whole world of other texts on Richard III. Dr Jitka Štollová is a Junior Research…
 
Exploring: The N-Town Play, a slow burn look at a medieval Mystery (sort of) cycle. The N-Town Play comes to us as a single manuscript, but it's a compilation of various different sources - including elements from what looks like a cycle and various other large scale productions focusing on episodes from the Bible. The journey continues with the ha…
 
A special follow up discussion episode on John Heywood, to celebrate the release of John Heywood - Comedy and Survival in Tudor England by Greg Walker, Regius Professor of Rhetoric and English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. The book is a full biography of Heywood's life, from cradle to grave, and covers his complete surviving literary o…
 
Welcome to this spoiler episode for The Tragedy of Mariam, the Fair Queen of Jewry by Elizabeth Cary - and it's very spoilery! It's all change again in Act 4, as Herod returns! We say goodbye to Salome, Mariam, Doris... pretty much everyone except Herod. With a plain text recording of the Act and chorus overview at the end. In the plain text: Intro…
 
From the Winchester Dialogues this is a read through and discussion of Occupation and Idleness, edited from our zoom sessions on YouTube. Written sometime in the midst of the 15th century, this prefigures much of the interlude drama of the 16th century and deserves more attention. The explorers were Sascha Cooper, Liza Graham, Ruth Evans, Gregory M…
 
What's Past is Prologue: Eastward Ho! by Ben Jonson, George Chapman and John Marston. Eastward Ho! is a fantastic play, and one we'd like to do one day. Here's just the prologue to tantalise and moderately annoy you. The prologue is performed by the fabulous Sarah Golding, voice actor and audio producer extraordinary - you can hear Sarah Golding al…
 
Exploring: The N-Town Play, a slow burn look at a medieval Mystery (sort of) cycle. The N-Town Play comes to us as a single manuscript, but it's a compilation of various different sources - including elements from what looks like a cycle and various other large scale productions focusing on episodes from the Bible. The journey continues with Noah a…
 
Welcome to this spoiler episode for The Tragedy of Mariam, the Fair Queen of Jewry by Elizabeth Cary - and it's very spoilery! The plot pivots in Act 3, with some news of Herod. He's ALIVE! Cue a host of reactions, happy and sad. With a plain text recording of the Act and chorus overview at the end. In the plain text: with Pamela Flanagan as Salome…
 
What's Past is Prologue: The Dutch Courtesan by John Marston The Dutch Courtesan is a fascinating play, and one we'd like to do one day. Here's just the prologue to tantalise and moderately annoy you. The prologue is performed by the fabulous Sarah Golding, voice actor and audio producer extraordinary - you can hear Sarah Golding all over the podca…
 
Exploring: The N-Town Play, a slow burn look at a medieval Mystery (sort of) cycle. The N-Town Play comes to us as a single manuscript, but it's a compilation of various different sources - including elements from what looks like a cycle and various other large scale productions focusing on episodes from the Bible. The journey continues with Cain a…
 
From the Winchester Dialogues this is a read through and discussion of Lucidus and Dubius, written sometime in the midst of the 15th century. There's some question as to whether this is actually a performed play, but we take it on principle that if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck - it's a firking duck. Though there is no plot exactly, t…
 
Spoilers: The Tragedy of Mariam by Elizabeth Cary (Act 2) Welcome to this spoiler episode for The Tragedy of Mariam, the Fair Queen of Jewry by Elizabeth Cary - and it's very spoilery! After the enclosed first act, act 2 starts to open up the court. There's still a lot going on, and this episode doesn't come close to covering it. We just ran out of…
 
Exploring: The Disobedient Child by Thomas Ingleand This exploring episode was recorded virtually online, as the lockdown bites around the world - other virtual episodes are available as videos on YouTube, except this one, because of a few problems with the feed which are easier fixed in audio than video. More of these will come into the podcast as…
 
Exploring: The Norwich Grocers' Play - A and B text. We're taking a break from N-Town to look at another East Anglian play text - or texts - two differing versions of a pageant from Norwich. Sadly we can't currently find an online version of the text to follow along with - so have a hunt if you can. For contrast of other Adam and Eve plays, go to t…
 
Exploring: The Tragedy of Antony (Act 5) From our pre-production Exploring sessions, where we read through the text of this play for future use towards an audio/stage show. The Tragedy of Antony is a translation of Robert Garnier's play, done into English by Mary Sidney, or Mary Herbert (Countess of Pembroke), in 1592. These are recordings of vario…
 
Sophonisba by John Marston (Epilogue) - Epic Epilogues Performances of the epilogue to Sophonisba by John Marston - the prologue is also available as part of a sort of Marston sandwich. The epilogue is performed (a few times) by Fiona Thraille - a British voice actor, narrator and audio producer who has worked in voiceover, podcasts, and who has na…
 
Spoilers: The Tragedy of Mariam by Elizabeth Cary (Act 1) Welcome to this spoiler episode for The Tragedy of Mariam, the Fair Queen of Jewry by Elizabeth Cary - and it's very spoilery! It's our favourite Act, it's got so much going on, and this episode doesn't come close to covering it. We just ran out of time. With a plain text recording of the Ac…
 
The Stage-Players Complaint by Anonymous (printed 1641) This is a performance of a dialogue between two players, Cane of the Fortune and Reed of the Friars, complaining that the plague has closed the playhouses. Of course, we know from afar that there's worse to come for the theatre in a very short time. The times are a changing, and not for the be…
 
The Life and Death of Jack Straw by Anonymous - A Full Cast Audio Adaptation The Peasants Revolt has begun! Jack Straw and his fellow rebels head to London to demand an end to unfair taxes from the king. The fourteen year old king Richard II and his counsellors are completely unprepared for the revolt that quickly spirals out of control. "We owe Go…
 
A Full Cast Audio Adaptation of Gammer Gurton's Needle by Mr S. A Comedy in which Gammer Gurton loses her needle, which opens up the household to mischief by one Diccon, the Bedlam. Diccon was played by Heydn McCabe, Hodge by Geir Madland, Tib by Gillian Horgan, Gammer Gurton by Sarah Golding, Cock by Simon Nader, Dame Chat by Pamela Flanagan, Doct…
 
Exploring the Chester Mystery Cycle - Play 24 (Judgement) From our Exploring workshop, where we read through the text of this play for future use towards an audio/stage show. It's the end - except it isn't really, because we're just going to start on another mystery cycle anyway. And we'll go back over all of this again at some point. The great jou…
 
Spoilers: The Life and Death of Jack Straw (Act 4) Jack Straw is not a long play, but that won't stop us going into ridiculous amounts of detail about it. This is the end, as there is no Act 4 - except it isn't as we're doing a lot more with this play - skip to about 16 minutes in for news on this. Jack is dead, the rebels captured, it's time for j…
 
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