After two busy weekends of performance, the Mystery Plays for 2014 have come to an end. Our set has been dismantled, the costumes are back in storage, and the waggons have returned to their respective owners. It’s been a hectic period for the HIDden team, but were blessed with a most extraordinary cast and an incredibly dedicated crew, and we could not be more proud of “The Baptism”. A big thanks also to the people who organised the entire thing, and to the York Festival Trust for giving us this opportunity. HIDden began its life in York, on the heels of the last mystery play cycle in 2010, and it means everything to have been invited back. Thank you to the audiences who braved the inclement weather to experience this remarkable, unique-to-York experience, and we hope to see you again in the years ahead!
We’ve now completed our second weekend with the York Mystery Plays, and we’re all rather sad to see it end. It’s been a whirlwind of preparation and performance; everyone’s hard work has really paid off. In fact, we can’t think of a single thing we’d want to change! This week’s performance sites were Dean’s Park, St William’s College, St Sampson Square, and the Museum Gardens. St Sampson’s was a particularly appropriate experience for a medieval drama: it has the hustle and bustle of cities both now and then, and is a real litmus test for actors. It was delightful to see how our cast rose to the occasion, and how passers-by stopped to watch them perform. We really could not be more proud of them, and would like to send everyone involved a very big round of applause.
Our first day of performance with the Mystery Plays began in rain and ended in sunshine, but the damp weather couldn’t dampen our excitement, especially as we began the day with a film crew featuring us on the BBC! We are so honoured to have been one of the two plays chosen for this project! After that, the morning kicked off in Dean’s Park, before moving on to performances at St William’s College, King’s Square, and King’s Manor. There is nothing more thrilling than performing throughout the historic city of York and reflecting on the people who, five hundred years ago, were walking through the same streets, performing versions of the same plays.