Exploring: N-Town, Play 5 (Abraham and Isaac)

Episode 156,   Jun 21, 2020, 09:03 AM

An exploratory read through of the N-Town play of Abraham and Isaac.

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 happy story of listening to the voices in your head, it's Abraham and Isaac. We looked at this play twice in this session.
For an alternative look at this story, we have rather a lot...
There's Chester, which is covered in three episodes, though only 2 and 3 cover the central story - https://audioboom.com/posts/2776335-chester-plays-4-2-abraham
There's the (very similar to Chester) Brome play which we've done an exploring session on - soon to come as a full cast audio adaptation - https://audioboom.com/posts/7148855-exploring-the-brome-abraham-and-isaac
The Beyond Shakespeare Irregulars this episode were Richard Fawcett 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-5-abraham-and-isaac
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