IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 933: Adapting and Staging the York Mystery Plays for August 2012: A Round Table Discussion

Tuesday 10 July 2012, 19.30-20.30

Sponsor:York Theatre Royal
Moderator/Chair:Marc Thompson, York Theatre Royal
Abstract

The medieval cycle of York Mystery Plays has been performed by the people of York across the centuries and is a world-famous part of the city’s cultural heritage. From Creation to the Last Judgement, these plays form one of the greatest stories ever told. In summer 2012, the story of God, of man and woman, and of the cosmic struggle between good and evil will be presented on an epic scale against the magnificent backdrop of St Mary’s Abbey. For the first time since 1988 in a production of this size, the Plays will return to York Museum Gardens, where a 1400 covered-seat theatre will be constructed within the ancient walls of the Abbey.

Presented by York Theatre Royal, Riding Lights Theatre Company, and York Museums Trust, and supported by City of York Council, this bold, accessible adaptation of the Plays is by York writer Mike Kenny, who also adapted E. Nesbitt’s The Railway Children for the Olivier award-winning production by York Theatre Royal and the National Railway Museum. Over 1000 people from the local community will join with a team of professional artists and technicians to create this spectacular production. Hear from Mike Kenny and Andrew Morrison about their approach to adapting the Medieval texts and staging the plays for the huge 2012 production.

Participants include Abbigail Wright (York Theatre Royal), Andrew Morrison (York Museums Trust), and Mike Kenny (York Theatre Royal).