Just For Fun: Medieval Secular Theatre
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Episode 60

Religious theatre dominated the Medieval period, but there are some examples of works written just for fun and entertainment.

How celebrations like The Feast of Fools, The Boy Bishop and The Feast of Asses developed into secular theatre.

The rise and influence of the travelling players and the church reaction to some of their work.

The French travelling players Rutebeuf and Adam De La Hale.

French Medieval comedy

The establishment of performers guilds and the role of the player in service of a king or lord.

A rare example of political satire in Medieval France.

The Interlude and the work of Henry Medwell and John Hayward

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