Exploring: N-Town, Play 4 (Noah)

May 16, 2020, 08:27 AM

An exploratory read through of the N-Town play of Noah.

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 and every child's favourite genocide story. For some light relief, there's the return of Cain!
For an alternative look at the Noah story, we have also looked at the Chester version - it's split over three episodes and can be found here... https://audioboom.com/posts/2472375-chester-plays-3-1-noah
The Beyond Shakespeare Irregulars this episode were Liz Cole, Richard Fawcett, Mark Scanlon, and Alan Scott – with host, Robert Crighton.
There are various online and purchasable versions available - here's a good one, but is in the original middle English and might put you off - others should be hunted for to taste.
A play text: https://d.lib.rochester.edu/teams/text/sugano-n-town-plays-play-4-noah
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