Towneley Plays

Towneley Plays,

a cycle of 32 plays preserved in a manuscript of c.1460 by the Towneleys, a Lancashire family. Intended for production by the guilds of Wakefield, they are sometimes called the Wakefield Plays. The well-known Second Shepherds' Play is one of this collection. See miracle playmiracle play
or mystery play,
form of medieval drama that came from dramatization of the liturgy of the Roman Catholic Church. It developed from the 10th to the 16th cent., reaching its height in the 15th cent.
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(13) It may be that the Christmas season was an occasion for the performance of some of the Towneley plays, and critics consider several to be candidates for performance during the Advent and Christmas seasons.
(32) "Raising of Lazarus", in The Towneley Plays, ed.
"Caesar" does appear prominently, however, in two other pageants, the Towneley plays and the Chester Whitsun cycle, and his character there serves as an apt example of a medieval English stage tyrant, illustrating variations as well as continuities within such characters' roles.
"One Hell of an Ending: Staging Last Judgment in the Towneley Plays and in Doctor Faustus A and B." In "Bring Furth the Pagants": Essays in Early English Drama Presented to Alexandra F.
In the Towneley plays, for instance, Uxor describes her husband as being dressed in "Stafford blew" (3.290),6 that is a blue cloth that also signifies bruises he will receive in their fight, and wishes to "tye up thi hose!" (3.325) when she kicks him.
The Towneley plays, one of the four cycles of medieval English drama, are linked with Wakefield and have contributions by an unknown 'Wakefield Master'.
from Joseph's words in the Purification of Mary: 'Take this chyld and let vs weynd/The tempyll untyll', The Towneley Plays, ed.
This edition of the Towneley Plays is to be welcomed, for its appearance means that there are now modern editions of all four of the extant Mystery Cycles in English.
He only addresses parody tangentially, when relevant to his reading of carnival and festive elements within the Towneley plays. Nisse examines similar traits in the York cycle, positing that it 'draw[s] on heterodox ideas about translation, interpretation, and secular authority over Scripture' from Lollardy (24).
In the fifteenth-century Towneley Plays from the north of England, a gifted anonymous playwright imagined the distinctive sacrifices by Cain and Abel, with each of the brothers praying as he makes his offering.
Although the high priests are virtually interchangeable in the Gospels, the playwrights of the mysteries, in particular the York and Towneley plays, are at pains to differentiate them.
1998 "Notes on the presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 'Mortificatio Cristi' in The York plays and 'The Crucifixion' in The Towneley plays", Acta Universitatis Lodziensis.