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a medieval play representing episodes from the life of Christ

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For a fuller discussion of the staging possibilities of the York pageant wagons see Beadle (1994, 98-99).
Pageant wagons would wind through the town, stopping at various stations to perform in the street.
The Goldsmiths' relatively long drama required two settings, Jerusalem and Bethlehem, and may have been staged with two separate pageant wagons.
Schreyer's primary example is the three levels of the stage, as found in at least some of the pageant wagons, with a heaven for God, the main stage for middle-earth, and a trapdoor for the zone of the dead or the devils.
The play concluded with Michael, the kings, and the prophets on the upper level of the pageant wagon singing God's praises.
These moments were cleverly blocked and made ample use of the simple set that consisted of a dressed table concealing a trap in the floor of the pageant wagon and a break in the curtain behind that was painted to look like the brickwork of the third station's mansion.
PERFORMANCE: An 1830s engraving of a pageant wagon.
12) The sledmen in the same year surely were not bluffing when they complained to the city council that they were not able 'to bryng forth' their pageant of Peregrinus, dramatizing the story of the travelers to Emmaus, 'by reason of their pouerty' as they have customarily in the past since their pageant wagon 'is now farr in decay and broken', whereupon this play was ordered to be given over to the Wool-weavers who were to leave offplaying the far more elaborate Assumption.
Clearly this record is not going to cause the major adjustment that the discovery in 1971 (10) of the Mercers' indenture of 1433 required of our view of the York pageant wagon, but it does alter one's perception of the activities and sites possibly involved in the Play in its early years.
She more recently renounced this theory with arguments that included the form of floats in Spanish Holy Week processions, and the fact that a pageant wagon with end-on staging looks more dramatic as it comes down the street.
Its junction with Little Stonegate (which in the Middle Ages was called Swinegate) is specified in the plans for Henry VII's state visit to York in July-August i486 as the place where the Woollen Weavers, who presented The Assumption of the Virgin in the cycle, were to greet the king with a pageant of the Virgin, (22) and it is clear from the fact that she descends from 'heaven' and from the scattering of wafers 'in maner of Snaw' that it was intended that they should use their two-storey pageant wagon for this spectacle.
Syrett's imaginary actors entered on (real) horses, 'clattering over the stones of the market-place', and there were moments when street-level dialogue diverted audience attention while the pageant wagon was 'drawn into the midst of the open space'.
Theories of pageant wagon dramaturgy have ranged from viewing the wagons purely as processional tableaux with no intention of mimetic performance (1) to investing them with all the complexity of place-and-scaffold staging.
Four angels created a sufficient multitude of the heavenly host for one pageant wagon, and four angels often appear in Nativity art.
He jumps onto Herod's pageant wagon and sits with legs swinging.