Dramatic Acting

The Red Knight running with his sword forward, and breeze blowing through his hair.
Medieval Times actors sometimes train for years to create authentic performances.

Medieval drama grew out of the religious tradition of the liturgy, beginning about the 11th century. Topics and themes came from the Old Testament (Noah and the flood, Jonah and the whale, Daniel in the lion's den) and others were stories about the birth and death of Christ. These dramas were performed with costumes and musical instruments and, at first, took place directly outside the church. Later they were staged in marketplaces, where they were produced by local guilds.

Acting Basics

Acting in some theatrical productions can be a valuable experience for any actor. Many actors consider theatrical acting the purest form of the art.

Unlike movies or TV, if something happens during the play (a falling set, forgetting lines), the actors are forced to stay in character and improvise as best they can. These added pressures help actors grow and develop their craft.

Plus, because theater actors play the same role day after day, they can experiment with and fine-tune their character development. An actor is truly in control of his or her performance in the theater. While in television or film, the director has the final say of which cut will be used.

Downloadable Lesson Plans

Use the following downloadable lesson plans and worksheets to guide your classroom through a medieval journey before or after your visit to the castle!

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