The Reither Nikolausspiel is held every seven years in the village of Reith, which is situated in a Tyrolean valley called the Alpbachtal. The oldest reference to this folk theater tradition is from 1868, and the basis for todays version was already put into writing by 1875. Until 1919, this fundamentally religious and pedagogical drama was performed in homes, with local lay-performers going from farm to farm in Reith playing individual scenes. The Reither Nikolausspiel consists of twelve scenes typical of this plays North Tyrolean variants (these are referred to as Bilder lit. pictures, an antiquated term for scenes), in which the poors defiance of the rich and powerful, and also the battle between good and evil, are portrayed.