It is impossible to sum up here the many moments I will take with me from my time as part of the cast of the recent York Minster Mystery Plays. But here are a few bullet points that stand out as having made the whole process intense but so worthwhile.
- The York Mystery plays are part of a tradition of being performed by the local residents dating back 700 years.
- This year, for only the second time in their history, the plays were performed in York Minster. The Nave having been stripped of its usual seating and replaced with a 1,000 seater theatre.
- Over 200 cast and more crew made this a community experience like no other. Ultimately its the people that make these things worth doing, and its the people I miss now.
The audition process started in November 2015, rehearsals began in January 2016, and we did;t really stop until the end of June. 8 shows a week, for a 5 week run…alongside a job at the same time. I doubt I’ll ever experience anything quite like it again.
Here is a snippet of what it was all about: