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Catch up on the York Mystery Plays via BBC Sounds now.
The York Mystery Plays, which are a selection of biblical stories drawn together into a piece of theatre, date back to the 1300s. They have now been adapted for radio, for our delight, and include four plays in four instalments – Adam and Eve, The Flood part 1, The Flood part 2 and Moses and Pharaoh.
How To Listen
Catch up on all four episodes of the Mystery Plays for free on BBC Sounds now.
About the Broadcast
The York Mystery Plays were adapted for radio by Juliet Forster, Associate Director of York Theatre Royal, and Kelvin Goodspeed and feature a cast of community and professional actors.
Juliet, who also directed this series, said: “The York Mystery Plays are part of the DNA of this city. They belong to the people of York, and have brought people together to create, perform, watch, laugh and cry since the 14th century. The longevity of these potent plays clearly demonstrates how vital the collective act of storytelling is and has always been to human beings, and how much we need to explore and reflect together on our experiences and understanding of the world. We’re determined to keep doing this in spite of the lockdown! So, these plays seem exactly the right choice to pick up, find a new way to create, communicate afresh and encourage one another with.”
The York Radio Mystery Plays are part of the York Theatre Royal’s Collective Acts, a programme of creative community engagement taking place while the building is closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Special thanks to the York Mystery Plays Supporters Trust and the Guild of Media Arts for supporting this project.
Adapted by Juliet Forster & Kelvin Goodspeed
Directed by Juliet Forster
Composition, Foley, Sound Design by Ed Beesley
Songs Composed by Madeleine Hudson
The Flood Song Performed by The Cast
Moses and Pharaoh Song Performed by The York Theatre Royal Choir
God Paul Stonehouse
Satan Rory Mulvihill
Angel Christie Barnes
Noah Mark Holgate
Noah’s Wife Rosy Rowley
1st Son Joe Feeney
2nd Son Stan Gaskell
3rd Son Matthew Dangerfield
1st Daughter Charlotte Wood
2nd Daughter Fiona Baistow
Eve/3rd Daughter Taj Atwal
Adam Kane Hutchinson
Pharaoh Paul Mason
Moses Andrew Squires
1st Councillor Maurice Crichton
2nd Councillor Claire Norman
1st Youth Christie Barnes
2nd Youth Oliver Joseph Brooke
1st Egyptian Matt Simpson
2nd Egyptian Rachel Price
The York Radio Mystery Plays were made possible thanks to the generosity of our community.
As you enjoy this radio performance, please consider donating to York Theatre Royal so that we can continue to engage and entertain our community in the future.
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