Jakacki Publishes New Edition of Rarely Published Work "The Play of Wit and Science"

Henrician interlude written by John Redford (1500-1547), composer and choirmaster at St. Paul's choir school.



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  • Diane Jakacki Diane Jakacki
  • The Play of Wit and Science The Play of Wit and Science

"Wit and Science," edited by Diane Jakacki, third year Brittain Fellow, was recently published in The Broadview Anthology of Medieval Drama.  Rarely published in modern critical editions, the original text exists within one manuscript at the British Library. "Wit and Science" is important to scholars of early modern drama as an example of the interlude form, meant to be performed as part of more complex celebrations at court and in great houses. A reference at the end to "our most noble King and Queen in especial" suggests that the writing of the play might have coincided with a celebration of one of Henry VIII's last two marriages and that it may have been performed for the King and his courtiers. The play includes stage directions for dancing and singing, including lyrics to three songs that almost certainly would have been accompanied by music composed by Redford.

Jakacki specializes in Digital Humanities approaches to early modern English theatre and performance and book history. She is currently at work on a digital edition of Shakespeare and Fletcher's King Henry the Eighth or All is True for the Internet Shakespeare Editions.

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  • Created On: Feb 13, 2013 - 6:41am
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