There is some surviving archaeological evidence for the distinguishing feature of medieval Cornish
drama: it was performed in the round.
Three types of Cornish--Old Cornish, Middle or Medieval Cornish
, and Modern Cornish--existed from 800 to the end of the nineteenth century, when it declined in use.
It has characters from Arthurian legend and is regarded by Cornish scholars as perhaps the finest example of medieval Cornish
The topics include alternative methodologies in language and literary studies in Cornwall, Jack Clemo's mystical-erotic quest, staging the state and the hypostasization of violence in Medieval Cornish
drama, and a case study of a Cornish migrant to South Africa 1870-1914.
On education in the play, see Nicholas Orme, "Education in the Medieval Cornish
Play Beunans Meriasek," Cambridge Medieval Celtic Studies 25 (1993): 1-14; for an analysis of the "woman and her son" episode, see Brian Murdoch, "The Holy Hostage: De Filio Mulieris in the Middle Cornish Play Beunans Meriasek," Medium Aevum 58 (1989): 258-73.