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Medieval theatre 2

Mystery plays are so named in reference to the mystery of Christ, which is His ultimate love and purpose, the salvation of sinners through His suffering and death on the cross. They usually focused on the life of Jesus, but they might include other Biblical stories as well. It was an easy-to-grasp, entertaining way to communicate the heart of the gospel to audiences.

Medieval Theatre

Types of Plays:People performed three main kinds of scripts during the medieval period, including morality, mystery, and miracle. They were meant to teach audiences how to behave in a more suitably Christian manner. A major feature of this genre is that it used character names such as Everyman, Good Deeds, Knowledge, and Death to make it easy to understand the larger life lessons the playwrights wanted to get across.

Miracle plays were closely related to the mystery type, but they centered around the lives and works of the saints. Many were based on scripture, but others were based more on hearsay and legend. It was a way to show the greatness of God.

Regardless of what genre a script fell into during this period, productions usually did not portray history or cultures accurately, simply because communication and travel were still limited, restricting what people knew about other areas and society.

Early actors during this period usually wore their service vestments or simple costumes such as robes, because the plays were considered part of worship service.



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