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The play is a fusion of the rough peasant humour of the period, and simple religious faith. The play can be done with hand puppets or marionettes (various cast: People or puppets)....

Title : Second Shepherd's Play
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ISBN : 9780828312462
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 40 Pages
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Second Shepherd's Play Reviews

  • Lisa (ohthenargles)
    2019-04-17 14:26

    Had to read this for my Shakespeare class (looking back at how plays were before him) and I must say that I quite enjoyed it. Usually "old" English plays are hard to follow but this one certainly wasn't and it was a "nice" story. Though when the Angel calls upon them after they've dealt with Mak, was pretty random..

  • Genni Eccles
    2019-03-19 12:29

    Just read this for my British Lit class. Don't have too many thoughts, but it was pretty entertaining. The whole sheep plot was funny, but the story itself got pretty sidetracked when the Angel came. Not the best thing I've ever read for a class, but it didn't hurt either.

  • Wafaa Golden
    2019-04-13 11:34

    مسرحية إنكليزية من مقررات كلية الأدب الإنكليزي.. رشحتها لي إحدى زميلاتي.. أحرجتني باهتمامها وأعارتها لي..لم أجد فيها ما يمكن أن يهمني أو يمتعني..ولكن من حسن ظني صغر حجمها فأنهيتها بجلسة واحدة..

  • Huda Aweys
    2019-03-24 08:28

    مسرحية من مسرحيات عصر النهضة في أوروبا ، و هو عصر مناهضة الخطاب الديني و ازدراءه ، و إن ظل الإطار العام هو (المحافظة) في النهاية ..، فمثلا و مع تعمد المسرحية تناول شخصية الرعاة ذات المدلول الديني العميق في المسيحية ، بالسخرية ، نجد أن الخاتمة جاءت بالموافقة و المناصرة لأساس الإيمان المسيحي ، و هو ماينفي عنها فكرة قصد التعريض بالديانة المسيحية عموما في النهايةو مايخبرنا أيضا بأنها كانت فقط مجرد .. مسرحية شارع .. ربما ! ، تعبر عن رجل الشارع و ميله إلى السخرية ، حتى من القيم بل و التمرد عليها في ذلك الوقت ، بعدما آلت إليه الأمور في أوروبا ، مع نهايات ما أسموها بـ (عصور الظلام) التي قادتها الكنيسة آنذاك

  • Dakota
    2019-03-28 12:28

    This play is quite a riot if I must say so myself. Most of my enjoyment was in it's theatricality, and imagining what this would look like on a stage. I recommend not only reading this play, but watching a production of it either in person or on YouTube.

  • CáitínNí Loingeacháin
    2019-03-23 11:11

    This is a lovely play base on religious faith told in old English language full of rhyme and alliteration, a short play which is love to read

  • Jared Nash
    2019-03-28 15:28

    Actually turned out to be hilarious. I highly recommend it if you can get past the language barrier concerning Middle English

  • Matt
    2019-04-10 16:11

    A cute play for the holidays. What's wrong with this kid's nose? It looks just like my sheep!

  • Andrew
    2019-03-26 12:20

    This was a play I read for my theatre history class, treated as a representation of the medieval genre of the "mystery play," in which Christ Jesus is revealed to common men and women. In this play, part-comedy and part-religious performance, a group of shepherds takes a nap out in the fields. One of the shepherds steals a lamb, takes it home, and attempts to hide it from the others by making his wife dress it up like a baby and put it in a crib. The ruse is eventually uncovered, after which an angelic messenger appears in order to inform the shepherds of the birth of the Christ child in Bethlehem. This play was more amusing and felt more natural than another Christian play I read for class, Hrosvitha's "Dulcitia." As a Christian writer, I enjoy how plays like these demonstrate the evolution of Christian drama throughout the centuries.

  • Veronika
    2019-03-21 14:30

    Maybe I'm super-dense for Medieval literature, but this was just horrid. It looked like the plot was going somewhere, but then it really didn't?? Instead, there was this Biblical sub-plot/new story added? #confused

  • Susan K
    2019-04-01 11:14

    Simple, clever and fitting for Christmas.

  • Miguel Vega
    2019-04-01 11:24

    Didn't like it; I have decided Medieval literature isn't my thing. Like at all. Has some religion sub-plot of some sort.

  • Valeria
    2019-04-12 10:06

    I didnt understand what was being said throughout the entire fucking play. Even the translations offered by the book did little to help me understand.

  • Melissa Rudder
    2019-03-28 12:23

    The Second Shepherds’ Play has the honor of being the first play I will under no circumstances (well, maybe a few *imagines debating about early episodic drama in a coffee shop while sipping hot cocoa, getting annoyed and deciding to, instead of pouring hot cocoa over the opponent’s head, recommend this play in order to torture the opponent*) recommend to anyone. Although my professor of British Literature (course one) drummed into our heads that the “middle ages” and “renaissance” are clearly problematic groupings of artistic development, I must say that the anonymous The Second Shepherds’ Play is clearly a fruit of the stereotypical dark ages.The idea is that the story of a trickster hiding a pig in a cradle parallels and contrasts the story of Jesus’ birth. The comparison did nothing for me. I was neither enlightened by seeing the story of Jesus’ birth in a new light nor moved by experiencing similar stories through the eyes of the shepherds. When I write these reviews, I always take the chance of looking dense, worrying that the story is a lot more than I give it credit for. Hopefully that’s the case with this one.Okay, so apparently medieval writers were all about the world being united beyond time, so there are numerous anachronisms that drove me nuts. Basically, the shepherds who discovered Jesus were already Christians. Annoying.So, in conclusion, don’t read The Second Shepherds’ Play Or if you have, and you saw something more in it, tell me.

  • Tom Romig
    2019-04-04 14:06

    I read this in anticipation of the performance November 27, 2016 at the Folger. Turns out it was great preparation. While it's not absolutely necessary to read the work in advance, it does enrich the experience. Certainly spending some time with a good summary and character overview is essential. The Folger performance was greatly enriched by over 20 musical pieces, most of them from the 15th century and earlier and thus familiar to the medieval mystery play audience.The Second Shepherd's play is noted for its marvelous characters, all clearly drawn, which distinguishes the work from the stock characters of most mystery and morality plays. Also fascinating is the balance of the play. The stolen sheep hidden in a crib and the Christ child in the manger, forgiving the thief for his capital offense and the forgiveness brought into the world by the new born Christ.The play reveals much about its contemporary audience. One startling example to us is that this audience wasn't put off by the shepherds' walk from Yorkshire to Bethlehem, a journey of miles and decades.

  • Diana
    2019-03-21 13:29

    Another of the mystery plays this one specific to Wakefield. I had to read this one for Literature class, I never knew that certain cities had plays specifically for them, and no one else was allowed to do that exact play. The latter part of the Middle Ages, church, religion, and everyday life all the same for most people. The plays you watched were mostly religious, what you read/listened to had religious overtones, and your daily life followed the rhythm of the church calendar. I probably would have never read this if it hadn't been for the class, and I will more than likely never read it again. I enjoyed the peek into something that was vastly important to the average person of the time though.

  • Marley
    2019-03-27 16:07

    English Mystery Plays, are, I suppose, an acquired taste. They are also more enjoyable performed than read. This may seem like a simple play, but it's not. The rhyme structure is sophisticated and tricky. The story might not make sense the first time around. The first story leads to the other and personally I prefer the first part farce. Ultimately, it is about Christ's redemption. I've seen Everyman performed in a cathedral setting. I'd love to see this play performed akso, but I doubt anyone will tackle it here.

  • Air
    2019-04-04 12:23

    I have read a lot of plays, from a lot of different time periods, and was surprised at how hard it was to follow this one. I finished it once, went and did some online research and had to read it again to honestly understand it. I suppose it is a great play as an introduction into the middle ages of plays, but it is a big bite to swallow.

  • Kirsty Potter
    2019-04-19 10:36

    Had to read this for my Shakespeare & Renaissance class. It was fine and surprisingly comprehensible but the plot was practically non-existent and I found it pretty hilarious/ridiculous when it basically turned into a Christmas musical at the end.

  • Bryce Emley
    2019-04-12 13:25

    the humor is so subtle that i pretty much missed most of it. actually it's not always even that subtle. sometimes it's pretty blunt, i just couldn't pay enough attention to notice it. if you can keep up with medieval literature in all its difficulties, it should be pretty darn witty.

  • Diana
    2019-04-08 12:28

    Quoting a peer of mine: "They took us to church."

  • Valerie
    2019-03-28 14:24

    I read this for my theatre history class.

  • Mrs. C.
    2019-04-02 13:33

    Medieval classic. Pushes the envelope with a parallel nativity story, but sets up the contrast between Truth and human chicanery.

  • Sylvie
    2019-03-30 11:21

    Had to read a bad translation of it for class.

  • Ben
    2019-03-27 09:23

    I forgot the ridiculousness of plays from the middle ages. I didn't really like this play, I don't think it has much relevance, but it was interesting historically speaking.

  • Christi mancha
    2019-04-16 11:32

    ReadableThis version was very readable. It met my need as I just needed a quick way to access the work for a class I'm taking on medieval literature.

  • Alyssa
    2019-04-09 10:33

    It was really difficult to get through and at the end of the day I had a totally different impression of it than the people around me did.

  • Justo
    2019-04-18 12:11


  • Michelle Lynne
    2019-03-28 16:19

    This was the most confusing thing I have ever read in my life.

  • Natasha
    2019-04-18 12:07

    Not awful