Exploring: N-Town, Plays 26 to 27 (Passion Play 1)

Episode 181,  Jul 11, 2021, 09:16 AM

First exploratory read through of the N-Town plays 26 to 27

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 plays twenty-six to twenty-seven - looking at the opening of the Passion sequence, or the opening of Passion Play 1.
The Beyond Shakespeare Irregulars this episode were Francis Cox as Messenger, Apostolus One, Philip, Simon, Judas; Tamara Ritthaler as Caiaphas Second Doctor, Jacobus Minor, Pauper One, Gamalyel; Eric Karoulla as Caiaphas First Doctor, John, Thadeus; Alan Scott as Arfexe, Jesus; Daniel Yabut as John Baptist, Rewfyn, Cives Four, Andreas; Lynn Freitas as Annas, Cives One, Matheus; Aliki Chapple as Demon, Leyon, Pauper Two, Bartholomeus; Valentina Vinci as Caiaphas, Cives Two; Rachael Nicole as Annas First Doctor, Peter; Briony Sparrow as Annas Second Doctor, Burgensis, Cives Three, Magdalene.

The host was Robert Crighton, who also read Thomas.

There are various online and purchasable versions of these texts 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.
Play texts start here: https://d.lib.rochester.edu/teams/text/sugano-n-town-plays-play-26-conspiracy-entry-into-jerusalem
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