Missing the Mysteries? The Performing Arts, as have all areas of our lives, taken a battering this year. Community productions have been shelved and there is a pent up demand amongst audiences and performers alike for live theatre. The Mystery Plays community in York is no less keen to see our City streets alive again…Details
Guest Blog: The Coopers’ Play – The Fall of Man – Guest Blog from Sajan Devshi from Learndojo
What’s this play about?
The fall of man is the fifth play by the Coopers and looks to explain why sin and misery exists in today’s world. The play tells the story of Adam and Eve, the first humans to be on this world, and our ancestors, and their fall from God’s grace and expulsion from the garden of Eden through Satan’s influence. The story also lays the foundations for man’s salvation through his son Jesus Christ.
Our public lectures give the medieval context to the York Mystery Plays. Aimed at the general public, our academics will explore the sounds, crafts, audiences and makers of the Mysteries. “The Soundscapes of the York Mystery Plays” Mariana Lopez (University of York) 7pm, Wednesday 18th July K/133, King’s Manor The ‘sound’ of the…Details
The Glovers Play – The Sacrifice of Cain and Abel – Guest Blog from Sajan Devshi from Learndojo What’s this play about? The play is the 7th play out of the 48 York Mystery Plays and was originally produced by the Glovers guild. This production tells the story of Cain and Abel, the sons…Details
We have been joined by the talented British art and cultural historian and TV presenter, Nina Ramirez who is getting involved in this year’s York Mystery Plays. We decided to ask her a few questions about why she is getting involved and the connections she has with both the city of York and the Plays…here’s what we learned!
Pocklington School, Ravens Morris and the York Mystery Plays Alan Heaven, director Judgement Day Through Pocklington School I have been involved with the plays for 12 years, and have thoroughly enjoyed the remarkable opportunity it has given us to perform York’s own plays in front of thousands. The School’s connection began in 2006 when…Details
On what dates will the Plays be performed? This year the York Mystery Plays are being performed on two consecutive Sundays, Sunday 9th September and Sunday 16th September and there will also be an evening performance on Wednesday 12th September. Will all the Plays be performed at every location? On 9th and 16th September…Details
On Sunday 10th June a ceremony dating back to the 15th century marked the official start for the Guilds, Companies and Groups of York to prepare in earnest for the quadrennial York Mystery Plays. The ceremony of the Presentation of the Billets to the Masters of the ancient Guilds and Companies ordered them to ‘bring…Details
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…Details
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…Details