Medieval Theatre

Medieval Theatre

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We offer you a wide range of "Medieval Theme Entertainments": medieval music, folk games, theatre, jesting, stilts, acrobatics, fakirs, farces, children programs, medieval themed fire show,  belly dance.

We can fill your festival with medieval activity and offer you the lowest prices.

You can order one of our ready medieval performances, either a small one (for example, a funny one-act medieval farce) or a full package of various performances including medieval music, stage dances, medieval themed fire show, folk dances, children games and workshops for public. Moreover, we can develop a special scenario, taking into consideration the specific character of the event.  

Please,  email us to find out the details.

Now a bit more about the Medieval Events.

It’s obvious that open-air medieval theatre occupied a special place in the culture of the Middle Ages in XII-XVI centuries. Wandering actors with captivating performances, dramatic one-act plays and beautiful medieval times music made an integral part of any medieval market, carnival or selebration. Jugglers, acrobats, musicians, dancers, actors, jesters and stilts-walkers entertained and amused the crowd.

Nowadays Medieval and Fire theatre "DiGrease’s Buffoon Theatre" reconstructs the culture of wandering medieval theatre, theatre of juggling and acrobatics, music and laugh, miracles and mysteries, dance and playing with fire.          

 Even short one-act plays arouse the whole range of emotions.  Farces and short scenes expose human's shortcomings of all times - medieval, ancient or contemporary. They leave nobody indifferent.

The medieval entertainers and performers we can provide include the following:

Medieval Jesters. We have Juggling Jesters, Magician Jesters, Stilt Walking Jesters, Fire Eating Jesters and Jester acts who can MC your whole event Our jesters can perform wandering, meet & greet and show entertainment to amuse kings, queens, knight, ladies and peasants alike! 

Medieval Musicians / Medieval Minstrels. Our medieval musicians and minstrels can provide wonderful atmospheric music to help create an authentic medieval effect. Medieval musicians available are solo musicians, medieval musican groups, medieval musicans and dancers.

Medieval Stilt Walkers. We can provide a wide variety of medieval stilt walkers that will create a great atmosphere. Among these stilt walkers are Medieval Fairies and Ladies, Medieval Jesters and even a Dragon!

Medieval Fire Performers. We have high skill fire performers who can create a blazing finale to any medieval event. We have medieval fire eaters, fire breathers, fire jugglers and medieval fire shows.

Medieval Mimes. We can provide great medieval mimes, who can entertain your public.

Medieval Acrobats. We have some high skill medieval acrobats who can perform amazing acrobatic shows 

Medieval Circus Workshop. We have an act that can provide a unique medieval circus workshop. We will entertain and teach Your public, children or adults, any kinds of Medieval Carnival Circus. All the props are made of wood, metal or cloth. 

Medieval Theatre Cand haracter Acts. We can provide some great Medieval character acts to add that authentic medieval atmosphere to your event.

We can advise on the best performers available and what acts would be most suitable for your medieval event.

We can provide a package of medieval performers for your themed event and co-ordinate the entertainment for the day or evening.

All our entertainers are highly skilled, trained performers with full public liability insurance.

 

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Various kinds of medieval artists

We specialize in medieval markets, festivals and street fairs. Everyone gets incredible pleasure and enjoys our open-air medieval performances, dramatic  plays, beautiful medieval music and fascinating medieval jesters acts. But medieval carnival culture is not homogeneous. Each of the medieval actors has his own unique specialization.

 

Jesters

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At medieval markets and fairs, festivals and knight tournaments medieval jesters entertain the audience with jokes and parodies, juggling tricks, interactive comedy and endless humor jokes.  The buffoons make the people get absorbed into the Middle Ages and feel the fascination of medieval carnival culture. 

"A Jester is a professional clown employed to entertain a king or nobleman in the middle ages. Also referred to as a fool, buffoon or clown. The Medieval jesters of the Middle Ages can be compared to the circus clowns of 

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today. The class of professional court jesters reached its culminating point of influence and recognized place and function in the social organism during the Middle Ages".

Medieval and Fire Theatre "DiGrease's Buffoon Theatre" presents re-enactment of medieval jesters in authentic style. We have costumes of jesters of IX...XII cnt. for viking and early-medieval festivals. We have jester's costumes of XIII...XV cnt. for medieval markets. And we have costumes for Renaissance festivals for XVI...XVII cnt.

 

Acrobats

medieval theatre, acrobats, artist, jester, medieval actAcrobats and Actors were important parts of Medieval life. The travelling circus (as we still know it today) originated long before the Middle Ages and was a great source of entertainment, morale and revenue for towns and cities. 

As most people lacked formal education and could not read, actors were important to portray various roles that told of topical and historical events. "They performed mimes, they tumbled, and they juggled infront of large audiences. They usually travel from town to town and they were only realy available to rich nobles".

 

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Our Medieval and Fire Theatre has a wide range of performances which include acrobatic elements.  We present our breathtaking acrobatic shows on a medieval festivals. We draw attention of appreciative audience and make the visit of the medieval market unforgettable. And, of course, we can perform at your event.

 

Jugglers

Perfect jugglers gather huge crowds at the medieval market and entertain the audience with splendid dynamic show and brilliant stunts using medieval instruments for juggling.

Jesters lived precariously and often their success depended solely on the mood of their audience. They did not earn high wages but were often allowed a few benefits and luxuries of life inside a castle.

"The Medieval Juggler - a medieval juggler was a comic performer who used humour (often bawdy) alongside his juggling skills. A juggler generally only performed in public places such as in market places, in the street and at medieval fairs. To make 

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Sometimes they will be relying on tips from the public but, unlike in medieval times, they will often be professionally engaged for both public and private function performances".

 

 

Stilt walkers

The stilt walkers, the tallest and the biggest participants of the medieval festival, strike the guests of the event with dexterity and unsurpassed skill of mastering the stilts. The audience will see a large scale of various stilts elements, amazing stunts, comedy turns and dynamic show.

Stilt-walking jesters were some of the trickiest personalities of the medieval jesters. They would often trick people into lying on the ground so they could tumble on them, balance on their head on people or do acrobatic tricks by bouncing from one person to another while they are lying on the ground. They were fast and nimble and would often perform their tricks before observers realized what they were up to. These jesters would often perform tricks while swinging on ropes to catch people's attention and lure them into the marketplace to watch them perform. Stilt-walkers also juggled, danced and performed fire breathing tricks. 

Here we are, in Minsk, under the rain:

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Musicians

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We have our own musicians. Various instruments included the mandolin, dudelsak (bagpipe), flute, dulcimer, drums and harpsichord. A great deal of skill and training is required to become a professional musician of Medieval and Fire Theatre "DiGrease's Buffoon Theatre". And those lucky enough to have proficiency on an instrument often found themselves entertaining kings and nobles on Medieval festivals and markets. 

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"Minstrels often would record the deeds of heroic knights and go from tavern to tavern playing these odes of homage. Not only did it make for an interesting song, but it gave the knight publicity and established a degree of respect and staus for him. Throughout the Medieval Ages, Bards became the popular employees of any knight or common man who wanted their deeds enshrined in a public song. The deeds were embellished of course but it was a wonderful way to spread the fame of a knight from kingdom to kingdom".

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The Medieval Dancers - a medieval dancers were usually in the employ of or hired for a special occasion by royalty and noblemen. Dance performances took place in the castles and noblemen's homes. The dancer's repertoire comprised of farandolas, branles, caroles, 

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The equivalent today is what people refer to as a 'show ballet' - a professional dancers who uses acting and a particular skill such as juggling or music and who is paid to perform on stage or at private functions.

 

Fakirs

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In Medieval times mysterious people started to penetrate into Europe.   Those strangers were eating and breathing fire and shocked crowds by fire walking. Nowadays we know them as fakirs. And "DiGrease's Buffoon Theatre" presents medieval fakirs for any kind of daytime medieval entertainment or darktime fire-performance on medieval market. So let the fire disperse the darkness and warm up the hearts!

 

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It’s worth mentioning that medieval world was cruel and grim. Towns were full of beggars and vagrants, who were obligatory components of medieval reality. No doubt, with our authentic beggars and vagrants a contemporary medieval market or tournament will look more believable and better than a medieval Hollywood film!

 

 

Medieval Flag Show

A Medieval Flag Show was usually in the employ of or hired for a special occasion by royalty and noblemen. Performances took place in the castles and noblemen's homes, before the knight tournaments and official events. The flagman's repertoire comprised of marshing, flag spinning, throwing, dancing, some acrobatics and juggling skills.

Carnival

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Medieval and Fire Theatre "DiGrease's Bufffoon Theatre" presents the brilliantles sphere of medieval theatre history - Medieval Carnival.

A carnival is a celebration combining parades, pageantry, folk drama, and feasting. Probably originating in pagan spring fertility rites, carnivals reached a peak of riotous dissipation with the Roman "bacchanalia" and "saturnalia". The carnival tradition still flourishes in Belgium, Italy, France, and West Germany. 

medieval theatre, carnival, medieval entertainment, stilts, jester, bagpipe, jugglingPre-Christian, medieval, and modern carnivals share important thematic features. Medieval Carnivals allow parody of, and offer temporary release from, social and religious constraints. For example, slaves were the equals of their masters during the Roman Saturnalia; the medieval feast of fools included a blasphemous mass; and during carnival masquerades sexual and social taboos are sometimes temporarily suspended.

Medieval plays tended to focus more on religion, and a dramatic acting style. Some plays were vertually operas; sung in Latin, and acted out by priests, choirboys, and nuns. There were some performances that were comedic in nature, like the Robin Hood plays. Plays were often in open-air courts.

 

Medieval dances and workshops

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 People were dancing through all the times.  The range of dances is immensely wide - ancient ritual and folk dances, catholic dances of religious ecstasy, medieval court dances, majestic and complicated renaissance balls.   We present all of these various types. There is one distinctive feature – we present dance performances with theatrical interludes to make the dances spectacular.

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If the guests of the medieval market don’t feel like just watching the dances, we give them a wonderful opportunity to join us. With the help of our high-class dance workshops people can smoothly participate in dancing and get a lot of pleasure!

 

 

Some historical informaton

Medieval theatre refers to the theatre of Europe between the fall of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century A.D. and the beginning of the Renaissance in approximately the 15th century A.D. Medieval theatre covers all drama produced in Europe over that thousand year period and refers to a variety of genres, including liturgical drama, mystery plays, morality plays, farces and masques.medieval theatre, carnival, dance, workshops, interaction, public,

Beginning with Hrosvitha of Gandersheim in the 10th century, Medieval drama was for the most part very religious and moral in its themes, staging and traditions. The most famous examples of medieval plays are the English cycle dramas, the York Mystery Plays, the Chester Mystery Plays, the Wakefield Mystery Plays and the N-Town Plays, as well as the morality play, Everyman.

Due to a lack of surviving records and texts, a low literacy rate of the general population, and the opposition of the clergy to some types of performance, there are few surviving sources on medieval drama of the early and high medieval periods. However, by the late period, drama and theatre began to become more secularized and a larger number of records survive documenting plays and performances.

The profession of a wandering medieval street actor is not an easy one. It implies hard work, but we love it. Being enthusiasts and professionals, we make our best to achieve success.  Traveling, performing on streets and participating in medieval festivals and markets give us immense pleasure.   

Our latest program in Medieval and Fire Theatre theme - are Medieval Carnival - an amazing pack of all ganres of medieval and renaissance theatre, including juggling, dancing, buffoonery, stilt-walking, fire-eating, fakirs, medieval music, flag swinging (flag show), whip manipulation, clownery, and, of course, medieval theatre acrobatic.

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