Exploring the Chester Mystery Cycle - Play Eleven
From our Exploring workshop, where we read through the text of this play for future use towards an audio/stage show.
We're playing around with how to make these pieces come alive for people today, starting with these recordings of reads through and workshops. This episode focuses on play 11, the Blacksmiths play on the Purification of the Virgin, and Christ and the Doctors.
The Beyond Shakespeare Irregulars this episode are The Irregulars were Mark Holtom, Liz Cole, Richard Fawcett and Mark Scanlon – with host, Robert Crighton.
There are more versions of the Chester plays than you can shake a stick at - (actually there are eight) - so any text you use to follow will probably be a bit different to ours (for the sticklers, our base text was H, except for play five, where it was just easier to go for a group text (D-or Hm, A, R, B) composite - though some readings may have been borrowed from all). However, you don't necessarily need to worry about such things, so here's a nice friendly modern spelling version we found online. http://groups.chass.utoronto.ca/plspls/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/index.html
The Beyond Shakespeare Podcast is supported by its patrons – become a patron and you get to choose the plays we work on next. Go to www.patreon.com/beyondshakespeare
or follow us on Twitter @BeyondShakes