Auditions: The Temptation of Christ

The Temptation of Christ is being performed by The Guild of Waifs and Strays, portraying this powerful story of temptation. Auditions are being held for cast members this May!   Jesus Christ fasted for 40 days in the desert of Judaea after having been baptised by John the Baptist. During this period of meditation, Satan appeared before…


Auditions: The Crucifixion and Death of Christ

As in previous years, the Butcher’s Guild are performing ‘The Crucifixion and Death of Christ’, a powerful piece that stages the events immediately leading up to Christ’s sacrifice, on a purpose-built waggon. Presented by St Chad’s Church, on behalf of the Butcher’s Guild, this year’s interpretation of the play will be modern, vibrant, and colourful, while preserving…


Guest Blog – On the Trail of the Mysteries by Eleanor Bloomfield

‘Have you come far?’ asked the volunteer ‘Mystery Maker’ in charge of selling programmes. Yes, I had come far, twelve thousand miles: from New Zealand to England, Auckland to York, I had come to see the York Mystery Plays staged in the Minster. York Minster in the Middle Ages was one of England’s great pilgrimage cathedrals; now, half a millennium later, I had come on my own personal pilgrimage to see the plays performed live after several years of studying them from the other side of the world.



YORK MYSTERY PLAYS 2018- THE TEMPTATION OF CHRIST The Guild of Waifs and Strays are looking for a director for their production of The Temptation of Christ. This is a short play (c. 20 minutes) for four characters, taken from the historic York Mystery Plays cycle. We are looking for a keen director to cast…


Who’s behind the York Mystery Plays?

This month we look at the people who make the York Mystery Plays happen. Outside of the core team of Pageant Master, Project Administrator and Chair of the Trust, there are hundreds of individuals from across York and further afield who direct, perform, create and otherwise make the plays happen!