Mary I (r.1553 – 1558)

Mary managed to live longer than Edward before her, but didn’t do much better in the whole reigning thing. There isn’t a vast amount of material to play with here, and there’s probably much from the previous lists that are applicable here. We’ll add detail as we go along. Feel free to send angry emails.

1553

Gammer Gurtons Needle by Mr S – Voted for production by our patrons. Though printed in 1575, this is the earliest point that this play might have come about. A reference to a play called Diccon the Bedlem in 1562/3 could be about the same work. A Full Cast Audio Adaptation and !SPOILERS! episodes are all available now in the playlist.

Respublica by Nicholas Udall – voted for production by our patrons. Full Cast Audio Adaptation and !Spoilers! episodes are in the works, though the plague has forced us to postpone production for the foreseeable. The Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin, have released the full manuscript for the play digitally, and you can view it online here –https://hrc.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p15878coll7/id/6462/rec/1

An exploring session has also been produced, highlighting the delicious comedy of this play.

1554

Jacob and Esau – A New and Merry Comedy or Enterlude. Possibly by Nicolas Udall. It is full of excellent merry comedy indeed. Exploring session available on YouTube

Wealth and Health – Virtual Exploring Session video available now. The text seems to have started life here, with some changes for later publication to note the queen turnover.

1555

Jack Juggler by anonymous – printed around 1562. Possibly by Nicholas Udall, though opinions vary. Full cast audio adaptation and !Spoilers! episodes available in the playlist below. It even has it’s own page, like a grown up play. To the Jack Juggler page!

1556

Impatient Poverty by some person. Virtual exploring session available. Printed in 1560, this was probably produced a few years earlier.

Probably Not Within This Time Frame…

Processus Satanae by anonymous – probably doesn’t belong here, but its dating range is pretty vast and so it could go anywhere between 1500-1580. So here it goes. It’s a fragmentary play, just the cue script for God survives. Here’s a live version of the text and our exploring group first look.