Relive the Wakefield Mystery Plays

All the staging was made of scaffolding. One of a series of photographs of the Wakefield Mystery Plays taken in 1980.

All the staging was made of scaffolding. One of a series of photographs of the Wakefield Mystery Plays taken in 1980.

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A SERIES of comical Bible stories will return to the city, 30 years after they were last performed.

The Wakefield Mystery Plays are a set of 32 texts, which retell the stories of the Bible in a humorous and engaging manner.

The 15th century plays, also known as cycles, used to be regularly brought to life through a series of performances outside the Cathedral, but haven’t been staged in the city since the 1980s.

Now Wakefield Mysteries Tour will bring the tales back to life next month with an audio version at three key locations.

Project director Rachael Harrison said: “The Wakefield Mystery plays haven’t been performed in Wakefield since the 1980s, meaning that most members of my generation have little or no knowledge of one of the most historically celebrated texts to come out of the region.

“I feel that it is important to create an awareness of the mystery cycle so that is doesn’t become a lost tradition.

“It is a wonderful text full of humour, sorrow and striking poetic imagery, which demands an audience.”

One of the most accomplished texts is called the Towneley cycle, named after the family which sold the collection.

Little information exists about its author, but they are only referred to as the Wakefield Master.

As part of the Wakefield Mysteries Tour, audience members will receive a set of headphones, which will provide instructions from the elusive ‘master’ in order to guide them to three secret locations.

Once they reach their destinations with guidance from silent figures and strange objects, they will witness three spectacles using a mix of art, theatre and film.

The event will be organised by improve, Yorkshire’s cultural Olympiad for London 2012, and will celebrate one of the historically significant texts to come out of Yorkshire.

It will run from Tuesday, July 17 to Thursday, July 19.

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