The Vision

The summer of 2012 will see a spectacular production of York Mystery Plays in the Museum Gardens in a purpose built auditorium with covered seating. 

 

To create a bold, exhilarating piece of story-telling theatre on an operatic scale and to re-invigorate the tradition and the language and make these plays accessible to a modern audience.

To stage the biblical stories in a way that resonates with both past and present and appeals to those of religious faith or none.

A small number of high-profile actors will make a professional contribution to a large cast of community performers of all ages and backgrounds drawn from our city – The People’s Mystery Plays

The aim is to bring an extraordinary and passionate performance out of our community, resourced with the highest aesthetic and production values, to remind us that the ownership of this tradition rests with the people of York.

The production will be the centerpiece of a colourful daytime Community Festival of related events and free performances of ‘wagon’ and other plays in public spaces around the city.

This rolling programme of events will increase the attractiveness of a full day out in York but, most significantly, it will hugely increase the opportunities for a wide range of businesses, associations and educational groups from within the York community to collaborate in creating a memorable cultural landmark. 
 

 

Set against the ruins of St. Mary's Abbey 

Careful consideration has been given to the idea of returning the Plays to the Museum Gardens to stage them against the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey. This dramatic setting was used for most of the productions in the modern era (1951-1988) and now, with the facility to provide covered seating for the audience, the Plays can again be experienced in the context that suits them best – in the open air, against a superb backdrop with immediate resonance with the historical period from which this remarkable cycle of biblical plays grew.

 

Photo credit: Allan Harris  Thanks to: Kriss Fearon and Michael Oakes

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