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Practical Cues and Social Spectacle in the Chester Plays$
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Matthew Sergi

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226709239

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226709406.001.0001

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The Clothworkers’ Portents

The Clothworkers’ Portents

(p.239) Conclusion The Clothworkers’ Portents
Practical Cues and Social Spectacle in the Chester Plays

Matthew Sergi

University of Chicago Press

A short coda brings the book’s methodologies to bear on a Chester play for which no practical cues are available: the Clothworkers’ Portents play. Examples from other Chester plays are offered to fill in the blanks of the Portents, including possible cues for audience interaction, technical spectacle, and the use of animals, suggesting that the distinctly early Cestrian performance style revealed throughout the book may be used in creative reconstructions—including, perhaps, new live performances—as well as in academic analyses.

Keywords:   Chester Portents play, animals, spectacle

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