Theatre of Fire: Special Effects in Early English and Scottish Theatre
by Philip Butterworth
How medieval and renaissance stage-managers met demands for spectacular pyrotechnical effects: magical illuminations, devils spouting fire, lightning, thunderbolts, smoke, fire-breathing dragons, boilings and burnings of living persons.
The appendices present contemporary accounts and include many of the original recipes, while a comprehensive glossary explains materials and technical terms.
Hardback; 304 pp, 32 ill., ISBN 085430 062 7
A description of how medieval and renaissance stage-managers met demands for spectacular pyro-technical effects, with contemporary accounts and original recipes