The Modern Mysteries - Introducing the Writers…



The Creation


Written by Danusia Iwaszko

Director- Ruby Clarke


Danusia works as a professional playwright. For The Creation she wanted to write something “humorous and accessible without diluting the wonder of the original Genesis text.” She has written two youth shows for York Theatre Royal: In My Father’s House and The Force of Nature for The Playhouse Festival. Her latest production Still Small Voice is for The Hal Company. Her play One Glass Wall was short listed for the Pearson Prize and led to her writing attachment to the National Theatre Studio


Fields of Gold


Written by Ged Cooper

Director – Ruby Clarke


Ged Cooper has written a number of short plays which have been performed at venues in York and Leeds, including the Emerge festival in 2011. She directed the wagon plays Moses and Pharaoh and Herod and the Magi in 2002 and 2006, working with the Merchant Taylors' Guild. In May 2011, she co-directed Burgher Hall for Piggyback Theatre Company. Ged also co-ordinates the York branch of Script Yorkshire and loved writing Fields of Gold as she hates having to think up a storyline.


Neither the Day nor the Hour


Written by Morven Hamilton

Director - Amos D. Jacob


Morven is a second year PhD in Playwriting candidate at the University of York. Her first play, Notes, was shortlisted for the National Student Drama Festival's International Student Playwright Award 2011, and she was also the winner of Script Yorkshire's Script Factor competition at the York Theatre Royal in 2011. In September, she'll be taking on a new role as Writer in Residence at Bootham School in York's city centre.  She's thrilled to be a part of such a vibrant project as the York Mystery Play 2012 and would like to pass on massive thanks to everyone involved. 




Written by Jessica Fisher

Director - Athenoula Bartley

Assistant Director – Catherine Tottie


Jessica’s play for young audiences, Paradise, won the 2010 Nick Darke Award. She is also the winner of Pilot Theatre’s Generation Zed playwriting competition, for which she is writing a new play, Ghost Town. Last year, Jessica’s short monologue, Female Fagin, was performed at The Bush Theatre, The Carriage works, Leeds. This was live streamed as part of Pilot Theatre’s ‘Pilot Live’ programme. Jessica writes regularly for young actors. These plays include an adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s Private Peaceful and Tell Tale, a devised piece about the life and works of Edgar Allan Poe. 




Written by Paul Osborne

Director - Rebecca Stafford

Assistant Director – Ruth Parker-Wakeling


Paul had been a member of script Yorkshire for 5 years.  His first play, The Bluest Blue, was performed at the Manchester 24:7 new play festival in 2010. Paul says:

After I read The Resurrection I was struck by the image of soldiers guarding a tomb; the arrival of women who completely change the mood and sentiment; and the huge sense of foreboding created by the Centurion’s talk of an altered world; of earthquakes, eclipses and shattering stones.  At one level I wanted to explore the execution of a ‘political’ opponent by a world power, but also what it might feel like to be incarcerated with a corpse.”




Written by Bill Hodson

Producer – Mark Beasley

Director – Alexander Wright


Bill began writing in 2011 having finished a career in local government to set up his own consultancy business. He has written 3 short plays for the theatre, a play for radio and several short stories. Refuge is a response to The Flight to Egypt and the Slaughter of the Innocents. It takes the main characters – the Holy Family – but transposes them to contemporary York where they are refugees fighting deportation back to the Congo. Violence is described but not seen with children as both the victims and the aggressors and the machinery of the state unable to comprehend the horror of what has happened.


As an audio drama adaptation…


To celebrate the opening of the York Mystery Plays 2012, Refuge has been adapted into an audio drama to. This distinctive and moving play is downloadable in audio format – simply scan the QR code with your smart phone to download a set of instructions: then simply follow journey set out before you…

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