Wakefield Master

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Wakefield Master:

see Second Shepherds' PlaySecond Shepherds' Play,
an English miracle play by the Wakefield Master (fl. 1425–50). The play portrays the adoration of Jesus by the shepherds. It is noteworthy for its introduction, a dramatically astute burlesque about a sheep stealer.
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He has adapted the York Mystery Plays and the Wakefield Cycle and has commissions for plays from Birmingham Rep, the Royal National Theatre Studio and Hampstead Theatre.
Most importantly the editors suggest that the Towneley manuscript was copied from 'an exemplar, or from exemplars, representing a variety of source texts', including the York Plays themselves, which were the main source of at least five of the pageants in the Wakefield cycle.
The Wakefield cycle probably originated in the later 14th century, when the cycle of plays performed at York was transferred bodily to Wakefield and there established as a Corpus Christi cycle; six of the plays in each are virtually identical, and there are corresponding speeches here and there in others.
A native of nearby Wakefield (a landscape explored in his seven-play Wakefield cycle of the 1970s), Horovitz remembers Gloucester as "a place I was taken to on special days when I was a kid.
Some of the York plays are almost identical with corresponding plays in the Wakefield cycle.
Based on the York, Chester, Townley and Wakefield cycles, it tells the story of the creation, the fall of man, the prophecy of the coming of the Messiah and the life, crucifixion and resurrection of Christ.
Based on the York, Chester, Townley and Wakefield cycles, the production tells the story of the Creation, the fall of man, the prophecy of the coming of the Messiah and the life, crucifixion and resurrection of Christ.