Here’s my theory for why they called it the Dark Ages: they didn’t allow any theatre to be performed! Horrible. Terrible. Can you imagine? Sometimes smart people can be really dumb, right?
After the Roman Period the Church became very powerful and made the practice of Theatre illegal and so Theatre stopped and did not start again for around 500 years. Imagine that! Then, as you will see, the Church unwittingly was responsible for bringing Theatre back when they began chanting the Quem Queritas. Soon the empty pews were filled with people who were thrilled with the “dialogue” and costumes that were being used. There were so many people that eventually the services had to be moved onto the lawns and grounds outside the Church. When that got too crowded the “shows”, usually about the Creation of Man who the stations of the cross, began to be performed on moving platforms pulled by horses and sponsored by the various local unions or “guilds” until they had their own version of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. When you click on the Simulation lesson you will see how many shows were being performed all around the town on these horse drawn stages. Then we jump forward to the present day and the enormous number of local Mystery Plays that were performed in York, Chester, and in cities and towns throughout Europe. Finally I’ve provided you with a chapter on the Dark Ages and the Final Test.
Enjoy the Dark!