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Photographs : 2014 wagon plays

Item type: Photographs
Archive reference: YMP/A/17/2/7
Date/year: 2014 and 2018
Description: York Festival Trust and the Guilds of York performed the plays on wagons on 13 and 20 July 2014 - see this page.  Thank you to those who gave the archive photographs, especially Lesley Abernethy, Nick Ansell, Allan Harris, Roger Haworth, Chris Mackins, John Robinson, John Saunders, Andrew Scott.  See also https://www.flickr.com/groups/ympst2014/pool 
On 25 May the Presentation of the Billets was performed by the Lord Mayor of York - asking the Guilds of York to produce the plays.  This photograph by Lewis Outing is in the Merchant Adventurers' Hall, Fossgate, with Lord Mayor Ian Gillies (centre, in black) and Guild Masters.  The Mercers and Merchants generally performed the play of The Last Judgement.  2014 presentation of the billets
The Cutting is stored in the the archive as YMP/F/31
The Artistic Director of the 2014 Mystery Plays was Deborah Pakkar-Hull.  See this page for a cast list.  It is also on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sm1sp6LlJMo 
The twelve plays were:
1 Creation of the World to the Fifth Day - the York Guild of Building
2 The Fall of Man - the Guild of Freemen in partnership with Canon Lee School
3 The Shepherds - the Guild of Scriveners
4  The Slaughter of the Innocents - Heslington Church
5 The Baptism of Christ - HIDden Theatre, director Laura Rice, with Ehren Mierau as Christ
6 The Woman taken in Adultery and The Raising of Lazarus, combined into one play - York St John University with Charlie Johnston as Christ
7 Christ's Entry into Jerusalem - York Mystery Plays Supporters Trust, with Laurence O'Reilly as Christ.  
8 Christ before Annas and Caiaphas - the Company of Cordwainers, in partnership with York Settlement Community Players: 
Graham Sanderson - Director
James Webster (Cordwainer's Guild) - Wagon Master
Mike Oakes - Photographer
Helen Taylor - Costume
Mike Rogers - Wagon Design and Construction
Ellen Cole - Publicity
Martin Bartlett            Soldier 1 
Sonia Di Lorenzo        Soldier 3  
Roger Farrington        Caiaphas 
Vicki Hill                    Woman 
Claire Morley             Annas  
Ged Murray               Soldier 2 
Jessica Murray           Malcus    
James Osman               Jesus  
Rochelle Reynolds      Soldier 4 
Robin Sanger              Peter  

9 The Crucifixion and The Death of Christ, combined into one play - the Company of Butchers in partnership with the Church of St Chad on the Knavesmire, with John Hoyland as Christ 
10 The Harrowing of Hell - the Church of St Luke the Evangelist, with Martin Sheppard as Christ
11 The Resurrection - The Company of Merchant Taylors, with a cast under the directorship of Lindsay Ibbotson 
12 The Last Judgement (below) - The Company of Merchant Adventurers, in partnership with Pocklington School, with Hugh Stubbins as Christ.  
Bad Soul goes to Hell


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