This multimedia project explores the ways that medieval English mystery plays are adapted for and presented to modern audiences in York, Chester, and Lincoln. How is this centuries-old drama still inextricably tied up in civic identity? And what can it teach us about the ways that communities are defined by their literary and cultural achievements?
The project includes performance photos and video; interviews with casts, crews, and community members; geotagged story maps of the cities, and more. These interactive elements will serve as a resource for those studying and teaching medieval drama but who may not have the opportunity to see the plays in their “natural habitat.” Mysteries Past, Mysteries Present will be available as an interactive e-book as well as a website so that it will be accessible as possible.
Please browse through a sample chapter, screenshots from a draft of the interactive book, and videos below.
The best way to currently experience the project is to view it using iBooks on your iPad or Mac. Other formats will be available in the final version.