folk theatre



  • In Europe, a type of early drama that was performed by villagersat various agricultural festivals; in England these included PloughMonday and May Day, when Robin Hood Plays wereperformed. Other folk festivals were held at the advent of spring, harvest home, and the winter solstice. Although few written records exist of the earliest folk plays, they influenced the well-documented Mummers' Plays and the tradition of liturgical drama. Folk theater also encompasses such ritual dances as England's morris dance.