There has been a marked revival of interest in medieval drama in recent years, much of it informed by an increasing understanding that drama is not just literature, but a social and indeed commercial event, essentially a communal effort, inextricably bound up with social structures. This collection of essays examines various aspects of the inter-relation between a number of different European communities and the plays they performed, covering a range of theatres and play-types, and providing an international perspective on performance cultures across Europe.
Contributors include Alan Hindley, Introduction- Lynette Muir, European communities and medieval drama- Graham A. Runnalls, Drama and community in late medieval Paris- Robert L.A. Clark, Community versus subject in late medieval French confraternity drama and ritual- Frederick W. Langley, Community drama and community politics in thirteenth-century Arras: Adam de la Halles Jeu de la Feuillee- Alan Hindley, Acting companies in late medieval France: Triboulet and his troupe- Alan E.
Knight, Processional theatre and the rituals of social unity in Lille- Wim Husken, Cornelis Everaert and the community of late medieval Bruges- Elsa Strietman, A tale of two cities: drama and community in the Low Countries- John Tailby, Drama and community in South Tyrol- Konrad Schoell, Individual and social affiliation in the Nuremberg Shrovetide Plays- Alan J.
Fletcher, Performing medieval Irish communities- Pamela M. King, Contemporary cultural models for the trial plays in the York Cycle- Chris Humphrey, Festive drama and community politics in late medieval Coventry- Philip Butterworth, Prompting in full view of the audience: a medieval staging convention- Alexandra F. Johnston, English community drama in crisis: 1535-80- Jane Oakshott, York Guilds Mystery Plays 1998: the rebuilding of dramatic community.