Wagons Roll. Or not?

York Festival Trust now owns 3 wagons.  Between them the Guilds own another 4.  That’s nearly enough wagons to put on a production!  But with the wagons comes the headaches of storage, repairs, insurance, transport and workshop space.  Is it time for a change? The processional element of our wagon plays is essential, and in …

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In the beginning: the creation of a new mystery plays tradition

With the 1st August fast approaching, it’s time to start giving you a taste of what we have in store for you at our 2015 conference; Performance in the Changing City: Taking the Plays to the Next Generation. So, to start us all off, and get us excited, Jane Oakshott MBE has written a short …

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2015 Conference – 1st August – BOOK HERE!

This conference will aim to bring together a range of speakers  bringing out ideas for the future to encourage discussion amongst delegates which we can then capture and build on as we work towards our 2018 production. The conference will take place on Saturday 1st August 2015 at the National Centre for Early Music, home …

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York Mystery Plays come of age

You’re invited to a 21st birthday party! In 1994 Jane Oakshott began a tradition of community productions of the Mystery Plays on pageant wagons. Over the past 20 years Yorks’ Guilds and Companies, through their charity York Festival Trust, have created a Mystery Play tradition for the 21st century. The Trust is the only organisation …

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Introducing our new project administrator

One of York Festival Trust’s key partners over the years has been York St John University. Our latest collaboration has been with their Careers and Employability department who helped us appoint a Project Administrator. We are pleased to welcome Alice Michelle Riley and here is her first blog by way of introduction: Hello, I thought …

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