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Programmes/Posters : 1975 Programme (Leeds)

Item type: Programmes/Posters
Archive reference: YMP/B/9
Date/year: 1975
Description: Programmes from 1975 production of the Corpus Christi plays, performed to celebrate a centenary of Leeds University, performed in Leeds.  Copy belonging to Richard Rastall. Signed in front cover by the owner, dated 18 May 1975. Price: 30 pence.
Contents: Introductory text.
Page 4. Photograph of 1966 York Pageant production of 'The Flood' (courtesy of Stewart Lack)
Page5. Photograph of Leeds rehearsal of Joseph's Double about Mary (Photography by Richard Hildred)
Page 9. Photograph of Leeds University Precinct by Richard Hildred.  For images, see YMP/B/9/1.
1975 programme

In 1971 the 1433 inventory of the properties and costumes of the Mercers' Company came to light.  The Company - who became the Merchant Adventurers of York - funded the performance annually of the Last Judgement play.  Academics discovered that the inventory included:
- vi develles faces in iii vesernes (masks)
- a sirke (shirt) wounded for God
- a grete coster (backcloth) of rede damaske payntid for the bakke syde of the pageant
 - ii peces of rede cloudes and sternes (stars) gold
- a brandreth (grid) of iren that God shall sit upon when he shall fly up to heven
- a long small corde to gerre (make) the aungels runne aboute in heven

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