Substitution: Theatrical Sleight of Hand in Medieval Plays
Substitution is concerned with replacing one thing with another. This is straight forward enough. But to what extent is the replacement indistinguishable from the original in order to qualify as substitution? Is there any compulsion to make the replacement identical with the original in order to be defined as substitution? If the replacement is ‘standing in’ for the original then there is no compulsion for it to be a mirror image or ‘clone’ of the original. If, on the other hand, that which substitutes the original is not meant to be recognised as a substitution then verisimilitude is necessary. These questions and their concerns reflect directly on to engagement with theatre and its adopted conventions.