THE MYSTERY PLAYS

John Saunders, Thomas Papathanassiou

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Abstract

THE MYSTERY PLAYS was directed by John Saunders in collaboration with Mask and Movement Choreographer Thomas Papathanassiou. Beginning with the Creation and ending with the Last Judgement, THE MYSTERY PLAYS introduced aspects of medieval life into theatrical representations of the Bible. They were originally known as 'the plays of Corpus Christi', as they were performed at that festival. They dramatize the biblical narrative of man's fall and salvation, through the Old and New Testaments, with emphasis on Jesus Christ's trial, death and resurrection. The plays not only offered religious instruction, but more importantly a form of entertainment, boosting community spirit and commercial interests. They were enhanced by music, special effects, and moments of comedy with scenes presented on lavishly decorated wagons or platforms, and were developed from the 10th Century up until just before Shakespeare's own plays were performed. This production of THE MYSTERY PLAYS was performed in the Drama Studio Environs of the Wagga Wagga Charles Sturt University Campus from 27 March - 31 March, 2012.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDrama Studio Environs of the Wagga Wagga Charles Sturt University Campus
PublisherCharles Sturt University Theatre Ensemble
SizeModern Adaptation of Medieval Plays
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventTHE MYSTERY PLAYS -
Duration: 27 Mar 201231 Mar 2012

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