The Chester Mystery Plays 2013 Audio Plays This year, the Chester Mystery Plays are being performed in a single evening – which means that several of the dramas in the cycle are missing. . .so here are micro-versions of three of those plays for you to listen to, featuring cast members from the stage version. . .
Abraham and Isaac Abraham – Cassian Wheeler Isaac – Edward Ramsey God – Nicholas Fry
Lazarus Martha – Jayne Taylor Mary – Amy Chambers Jesus – Jonathan Sharps Lazarus – David Gardiner
Mary Magdalene Mary Magdalene – Harriet Jones
Writer: Stephanie Dale Director: Peter Leslie Wild Music: Matt Baker Sound Design: Andy Partington (Swift Professional Audio www.swiftproaudio.co.uk)
Recorded on location in and around Chester Cathedral
Liverpool University’s Centre for Continuing Education is offering a new short course to coincide with a performance of the Chester Mystery Plays at Liverpool Cathedral.
The two-evening course takes place on October 3rd and October 10th from 6.00pm-8.00pm at the Centre for Continuing Education, 127 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool. Participants will explore the medieval scripts and gain an insight into the history and original production techniques of the plays. They will also learn about previous productions of the cycle at home and abroad. No knowledge of Middle English is required. The course costs £18, concessions: £13 or £9 (direct link - http://www.liv.ac.uk/conted/whats_on/englishlanguageandliterature/
The course will be led by Dr Andrea Young, an expert in medieval drama who studied under Professor David Mills, editor of the definitive edition of the plays. Dr Young is also the academic advisor for the Liverpool Passion Plays, which take place at Liverpool Cathedral at Easter.
Dr Young said, “Though primarily biblical, the Chester Mystery Plays contain a lot of social realism and deal directly with issues that are common to us today – corrupt authority, sexual politics, the stresses of work, family issues and more. I hope that this course will whet the audience’s appetite for the live performances at Liverpool Cathedral.”
People can also sign up for a longer course on Old Testament Plays which runs from October 2nd - October 23rd looking at plays from both the York and Chester cycles.