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 currently staging large scale productions of The York Mystery Plays on a regular basis.

York Festival Trust has always valued its links to the academic world which studies these Plays and has regularly held conferences to bring together both academic and practitioners to share insights and ideas. The first of these took place in 2007, following on from our 2006 production, and was titled ‘Performance in the City’. The proceedings were published in a popular and well reviewed volume.

To mark the 21st birthday of these modern revivals York Festival Trust invites you to its latest conference ‘Performance in the changing City: taking the plays to the next generation’

Over the 20 years YFT has been involved with productions in the City much has changed: The City streetscape, Arts Funding,  Civic ethos, Cultural and community ethos, and City institutions. The advent of digital media presents new challenges and opportunities. Plus simple things like us all getting older!

This conference will aim to bring together a range of speakers to touch on these themes, 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 to the Mystery Plays Archive.

The full delegate rate is £23 to include refreshments during the day, lunch, glass of wine or soft drink and a performance. 

There are concessions for Students and under 25s with a reduced rate of £15 for the day.

If you book before 31st May there are Early Bird discounts of £20 and £12