An Acoustical Approach to the Study of the Wagons of the York Mystery Plays: Structure and Orientation

Mariana Lopez


The staging of the York Mystery Plays has been the subject of numerous research articles. Only limited attention has been paid, however, to the acoustics of the performance spaces. This paper discusses how digital technology can be applied to the exploration of the acoustical effects different types of wagon structures and orientations might have had on the spoken and sung items of the plays by focusing on their interaction with one of the sixteenth-century playing stations: Stonegate.

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