By Edel Lamb
This book investigates how the kids of Paul's (1599-1606) and the youngsters of the Queen's Revels (1600-13) outlined their gamers as kids and, through an research in their performs and theatrical practices, it examines early glossy theatre as a website during which young ones have the option to articulate their rising selfhoods.
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More importantly, the play repeatedly examines the identity of the boy player. It opens with the image of Clerimont’s boy describing his experience of being cross-dressed by the leading lady of the Collegiates. 14–15). 103–5). Although, in contrast to Marston’s play, the performance of a feminine identity is the deliberate subject of mockery by the male characters as a means of critiquing women, it shares a common focal point with the earlier play: both interrogate the gendering of the boy. 9) in the Collegiate’s room.
119); each, therefore, is envisaged in 30 Performing Childhood in the Early Modern Theatre terms of its relation to this ideal state of being, childhood being the period during which this ‘generation and growth is perfected’ (p. 117). The evolution into man-age is presented as a natural process, and as a continuation of the process of development begun in childhood, illustrated clearly by the fact that the last stage of childhood and the first stage of man-age are both named ‘youth’. However, while Cuffe’s tract implies that this development occurs ‘naturally’ as the body develops of its ‘own accord’ (p.
Yet performing the part of a man affirms his potential adult masculinity. The demands made on the boy player who will take the role of Antonio, however, suggest that even having achieved adult masculinity the boy’s gender may continue to shift and change. The image of the child exposes a concept of identity, and specifically of masculine identity, as unstable and subject to change. Manhood is also represented as a developing and vulnerable state in the children’s performance of George Chapman’s May Day.
Performing Childhood in the Early Modern Theatre: The Children’s Playing Companies (1599–1613) by Edel Lamb