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Child actors on the London stage, circa 1600 : their education, recruitment and theatrical success / Julie Ackroyd.

Author/Creator:
Ackroyd, Julie, author.
Publication:
Eastbourne : Sussex Academic Press ; Chicago, IL : John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; Canada : Sussex Academic Press (Canada), 2017.
Format/Description:
Book
vii, 231 pages ; 24 cm
Subjects:
Theater -- England -- London -- History -- 16th century.
Child actors -- England -- History -- 16th century.
English drama -- Early modern and Elizabethan, 1500-1600 -- History and criticism.
Theater and society -- England -- History -- 16th century.
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain.
Child actors.
English drama -- Early modern and Elizabethan.
Theater.
Theater and society.
England
England -- London.
Form/Genre:
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
History.
Summary:
"A legal document dated 1600, for a Star Chamber case titled Clifton vs. Robinson, details how boys were abducted from London streets and forcibly held in order to train them as actors for the Blackfriars theatre. No adults were seen on-stage in this theatre, which was stocked solely by acting boys, resulting in a satirical and scurrilous method of play presentation. Were the boys specifically targeted for skills they may have possessed which would have been applicable to this type of play presentation? And, was this method of 'recruitment' typical or atypical of Elizabethan theatre?"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
Introduction: Professional children's acting companies in London, circa 1600
The Clifton Star Chamber Case and the recruitment of boys for the Blackfriars Company: choristers vs. actors
Grammar school skills transferable to the Blackfriars stage: the influence of rhetoric and oration
The portrayal of female characters by members of the Boys' Companies Age transvestism and the playing of adult male roles by children
The exchange of play texts between adult and child companies: their use of the induction and prologue
Play texts exchanges between child companies and amateur adult companies: the work of William Percy
Conclusion: The place of child actor in society.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Local notes:
Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Horace Howard Furness Memorial Fund.
Contributor:
Horace Howard Furness Memorial Fund.
ISBN:
9781845198480
1845198484
OCLC:
958084602
Publisher Number:
99973889400
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