for Medieval Drama
Fall of the Angels
- 1. What does the
first picture show you about the way in which the pageants traveled
through the streets?
2. What does the
second picture suggest about the way heaven and hell might be depicted
in these plays?
3. Choose any 2 of the remaining pictures and identify which lines from
the play, best represent the action you see depicted. Make a note of those
lines and explain how you decided that they would be appropriate to the
pictures you chose. (Hint: look at which characters are on stage and what
they seem to be doing in the picture to figure out which lines might work
Fall of Man
- 1. Identify 2 ways in which
the staging conventions for the Fall of Man differ between the
play as staged in Toronto
and as staged in York.
(Conventions refer to things so often done in the way of staging, costume,
set decoration, etc. that they become the norm. For example, painting God's
face gold is a convention.)
2. Based on what you see and using your knowledge of medieval iconography
and the information provided in the articles you have read, which version
of the play seems more like it might have been staged in the medieval period
and why? Site specific examples from articles if they illustrate or support
3. Which staging seems more realistic to you as a modern viewer, which more
staged? Why? Refer to specific examples from the photos and to your modern
expectations to support your argument.
4. For each photo of the play done
(not the first 2 photos of set-up), choose one line from the play that you
think best represents the action depicted and explain, briefly, why it's appropriate
to that photo. (Consider characters who should be onstage, props, action,
- 1. Open the
pageant simulator and run a simulation to determine at which station
the Fall of the Angels pageant (identified as Creation/Lucifer)
would be playing when the Fall of Man (identified as The Fall)
is playing at the first station.
2. How long does it take to play the Fall of the Angels? How about
the Fall of Man?
3. Do you think the Toronto
or the York
Fall of Man would be easier to move from station to station efficiently?
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