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

Keywords: medieval drama, mystery plays, York, acoustics, digital heritage


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.

Author Biography

Mariana Lopez, Anglia Ruskin University

Mariana Lopez ( is a postdoctoral researcher in the Cultures of the Digital Economy Research Institute (CoDE), Anglia Ruskin University. In 2013 she completed her PhD on the importance of acoustical studies to further our understanding of the York Mystery Plays. She has worked as a tutor on several modules on sound and acoustics at the department of theatre, film and television, University of York.