‘A taking part in without being part of’: Categorizing early printed playbooks

In last week’s blog, Kim Gilchrist asked what we should call plays that dramatize people or events from the past, drawing attention to the difficulties arising from the term ‘history play’ and introducing some of the questions that we hope will be explored in our upcoming conference. This week, Amy Lidster offers a few thoughts … Continue reading ‘A taking part in without being part of’: Categorizing early printed playbooks

If it isn’t a History Play, then what is it?

(Or, trying to shoehorn a non-Euclidean peg into a pigeonhole) What should we call it when a group of people stand up in front of another group of people and pretend to be some other people who once lived in the remote or recent past? And what do we call it when the words they … Continue reading If it isn’t a History Play, then what is it?