On August 11th 2012 The York Mystery Plays will be streamed live on The Space. This new adaptation of York’s traditional cycle of medieval plays, which will involve hundreds of actors and more than one thousand local people, is the largest outdoor theatre event in the UK
in 2012. The Olivier Award winning team behind The Railway Children – writer, Mike Kenny and director, Damian Cruden – are joined by director Paul Burbridge to create this huge production.
More than 30,000 people are expected to attend the plays which are set to be one of the cultural highlights of the summer, via The Space many more people around the globe will be able to experience this truly incredible project.
From Creation to the Last Judgement, the plays form part of the greatest story ever told – the story of God, man and woman and the cosmic battle between good and evil. The plays are a significant part of York’s rich heritage and were first performed in the city in the 14th Century. Large-scale modern revivals date from 1951.
The performance will come from York’s Museum Gardens, against the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey.
Courtesy of Pilot Theatre and Kinura, viewers will be able to interact with the work by choosing which camera to follow during the live stream on August 11, and following the live performance, visitors to The Space will be able to create a bespoke version of the production, assembling their own ‘playlist’ of the project, following the narrative from different angles using archive of the multi-camera streams.
The Mystery Plays are performing between August 2 and 27 2012.
The epic production is a partnership between York Theatre Royal, York Museums Trust, Riding Lights Theatre Company and Pilot Theatre.