Olive M Stubbs
who has adapted and directed all our productions since 1986. She joined the Players in 1977 when she played Mary.
She usually gives herself a small part in each production - seen here in 2003, giving out director's notes, after rehearsing the role of Sibyl in the Chester Wrights' play of the Salutation and Birth.
Texts available on the Web
* - links to University of Virginia are currently broken
Trailers and Trailers|
The author of the n-Town plays provided what in cinematic terms we would now call a trailer. It plods through from:
In the first pageant we think to play
How God did make through his own might
Heaven so clear upon the first day …
In the second pageant, by God's might,right through to:
We think to show and play the scene
In the other six days, by open sight,
What thing was wrought. …
Then followeth next, surely,
Of Whitsuntide, that solemn feast,
Which pageant shall be nine and thirty. …
The fortieth pageant shall be the last,and finishing with:
And Doomsday that pageant shall be called
Who sees that pageant might be aghast
To grieve his Lord God never at all. …
On Sunday next, if that we may,(Substitute actual date, time and location when performing.) The original manuscript has a time of six but when it says six it means 6am! They had to start that early if they were going to perform all the plays in a day. We know that in some cities the plays were performed from the back of wagons or pageants (the other sort of trailer) - one play per wagon.
At six of the bell we begin our play
In N-town; [hence the name] wherefore we pray
That God now be your speed.
Normally I support the Any Browser Campaign but for Dennis G. Jerz's York Corpus Christi Pageant Simulator I am prepared to make an exception - I had to borrow my son's Apple Mac to see it properly.
The simulator works out where each wagon would be minute by minute during the course of Corpus Christi Day. Performing 48 plays at 16 stations using Toronto running times takes 22 hours - which would leave them playing by candle-light till four of the bell. To use Olive Stubbs's phrase, theses have been written on this subject and Dennis Jerz discusses them on this page.
Dennis Jerz says he has never been to York but then if you are seeing the plays at 500 years distance what difference does 3000 miles make?
Quite an extensive web site worth exploring lies beyond the Simulator. Its Site Map double-counts a lot of pages but it is still a decent-sized site. And just to confuse you, there are two different pages both entitled A Christ Taken Prisoner.
The site includes a Glossary which may be useful especially for those who approach the plays from a dramatic rather than a religious background. One page about a certain famous conical bra is there for comparison with the holy relics of earlier times. (And why not - it was worn by a Madonna with interesting religious leanings.)
I won't ask the props department to do the fancy crowns but the exposed breast seems to be canonical.
Madonna ´e Montepertuso |
S. Maria delle Grazie, Montepertuso |
Parrocchia S. Maria delle Grazie - Montepertuso di Positano
S. Maria delle Grazie, Mazzarà S. Andrea (ME), Sicilia image too poor even by my standards.
In this group before you can act on the stage, you have to mantle it. And when it would be all over for most groups, you have to dismantle it.
Someone has developed a strange obsession about Peter Evans, one of the Players. See my page and the blog.
On the web
There is a least one member of the group who says "I have never seen the web"! But a growing number do have presences there. This list is a wiki page so if you are not on it, add yourself!
Sadly, four of our members died during 2006:
Nothing worth looking at below here.
Roger Haworth's ego trip|
(I told you there was nothing worth looking at.)