Margo! Boxcar! Saturn! (chocolatepot) wrote in little_details,
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Actresses in English Mystery/Miracle Plays

Terms searched: "history actress", "actress mystery play", "women mystery play"; have looked at Wikipedia.

Setting: Basically, mid-Tudor England.

What I'm wondering is - would it be outside the realm of possibility for a traveling band of mystery players to incorporate a few female actors? They stick to quite rural areas, so I was thinking it might not be too reprehensible; the few pages I've found that do mention the sex of actors seems to say that there possibly/probably wasn't a moral reason they didn't act and anyway, the character could easily be a seamstress or set-mover or something. But I'd like her to work on the stage, as long as that wouldn't be totally anachronistic.

ETA: Apparently I meant secular plays!
Tags: 1500-1599, uk: history (misc), ~theater

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