- A type of satirical play, usually with a political or religioustheme, performed in medieval France. The playwright Pierre Gringore(1475 - 1538) was one of the most successful writers in the genre.A sotie was often performed as a prelude to a moralityplay; the performers, drawn from either amateur or permanentcompanies, were called sots (French: fools) and dressed inthe traditional fool's costume of dunce's cap, short jacket, and tightswith bells on the legs. Few extant texts exist, one of the best knownbeing the Recueil Trepperel. The form was prohibited in the16th century. see also sociétés joyeuses.