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York Mystery Plays - Roll with us!

Funded on Spacehive 30 August 2018

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York Mystery Plays - Roll with us!

York Mystery Plays By York Mystery Plays

A community based production of York’s Mystery Plays on pageant wagons. Working with partners across York we will create a series of dynamic public, open-air experiences through drama and music.

York Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 30 Aug 2018!

In addition to high quality performance of 11 plays over two Sundays in September 2018 at 4 outdoor locations across the city of York, we want to make use of the newly created Shambles Market to bring an evening, lit performance to attract a wider, younger audience. The mystery plays tell the Bible story, from creation to the last judgement and although religious in origin are hugely resonant for today's society dealing in universal themes and issues. The Shambles Market will host an intimate selection from the Mystery Plays; from the first murder to the last judgement, this promenade performance shines a light on the darker side of York's medieval plays. The 2018 performances consolidate the involvement of the modern guilds as custodians of the plays, working with other community groups to extend the reach of the production.

What we'll deliver:

  • Theatre, music and spectacle on streets of York 12th September
  • Performances with of over 600 local people on pageant waggons touring the city
  • Our 2018 Plays will incorporate a partnership between modern and medieval

Why it's a great idea:

The Mysteries are a vital part of York's heritage, but they're not a museum piece, and they demand to be performed. We've got a huge range of people involved- butchers, builders, schoolkids, students, even a whole company of accountants. They've found something in the plays that they connect to- a push for freedom, the temptation of glory or worldly wealth, or even just the chance to dance and sing. We hope the audiences will respond just as heartily to their enthusiasm and talent, but to get there we need a last bit of funding. It'll go towards stewards and signage, on props and costumes, on public lectures and workshops, and ensuring that each play is the best it can be. And for those further afield, it's the chance to be a vital part of the production, helping to create another historic year for the York Mysteries.

Steps to get it done:

  • All pageant wagons moved to our workshops
  • Work begins on set build and rehearsals
  • Ongoing PR and Marketing activities
  • Dress rehearsal
  • Wagons Roll for the first performance

Any donations are greatly received, unfortunately we can’t promise you free beer BUT if we hit our target we can promise the Plays will provide a great immersive experience into Medieval entertainment in York. If you pledge £25 or more we will give you one ticket to the Shambles Market Evening Production on the 12th September. (T&Cs will apply)


Location York

About the space

York City Centre


City of York Council

How will the money be spent?Total £9,241

Marketing support & facilitation - £2,000 (22%)
Artistic Spending; director, musicians' producer - £1,250 (14%)
Buildings and equipment; barriers, infrastructure, wagon hire - £1,250 (14%)
Overheads; stewarding & insurance - £1,000 (11%)
Production costs from performance groups - £1,000 (11%)
Production costs from Guilds - £600 (6%)
Making the project accessible; signage, fliers, programme - £500 (5%)
Wagon transport - £360 (4%)
Performance venue - £300 (3%)
Project co-ordination & admin - £250 (3%)
Other - £731 (8%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Marketing support & facilitation
Artistic Spending; director, musicians' producer
Buildings and equipment; barriers, infrastructure, wagon hire
Overheads; stewarding & insurance
Production costs from performance groups
Production costs from Guilds
Making the project accessible; signage, fliers, programme
Wagon transport
Performance venue
Project co-ordination & admin
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  • Marketing and developing audiences
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT

Total £9,241

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