Saturday August 1, 2015 from 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM CEST
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National Centre for Early Music 
St. Margarets Church
United Kingdom

Driving Directions 


Roger Lee 
York Festival Trust 
01904 646030 

  York Mystery Plays 2015 Conference

'Performance in the changing City: taking the plays to the next generation'

Join us for a day of ideas and innovation. All refreshments and lunch are included, and we'll end the day with a glass of wine and a Mystery Play. We'll keep you up to date with plans as they developed.


  •  Reconnect with participants and audiences
  •  Encourage involvement of younger people
  •  Promote YORK FESTIVAL TRUST and future projects 
  •  Identify areas from the 2014 production needing attention
  •  Connect with new academics following the retirement of the well known names in the field.

Over the past 20 years YFT has been involved with productions in the City much has changed from the City streetscape, technologies available, the participants themselves. This conference will aim to bring together a range of speakers to touch on these themes, bringing out ideas for the future to encourage discussion amongst delegates which we can then capture and build on.


9.30  Registration Coffee/Tea

10.00  Welcome & Introduction – Roger Lee, Chair, York Festival Trust

10.10 - 10.25  Keynote - Jane Oakshott OBE

10.25 Laura Elizabeth Rice, University of Bristol,  ‘LEAVING THE IVORY TOWER’

Tony Ravenhall, Theatre Lecturer & Practitioner, York College  with  Helen Cadbury, Author & Playwrigh

11.10 - 11.30  Coffee

11.30 Dr. Mariana Lopez, The Cultures of the Digital Economy Research Institute, Anglia Ruskin University, ‘DIGITAL PERFORMANCE’

Ged Cooper, Drama lecturer & playwright  with  Ruby Clarke, Artistic Director - ‘WRITING & DIRECTING THE CHORUS’

13.00 - 14.00  LUNCH  opportunity to view materials from the Mystery Plays archive held at the NCEM

14.00  Dr. Mike Tyler, Danelaw Centre for Living History, Late of University of York - ‘PRESERVING THE COMMUNITY OF COMMUNITIES’

Tom Straszewski.  Director 2014  Butchers’ Play - ‘Crucifixion’

15.30-15.50  Tea

15.50  GUEST SPEAKER - Jill Taylor, Project Manager , Lichfield Mysteries - ‘CAN WE DO IT AGAIN PLEASE?’

DISCUSSION FORUM  followed by at    17.45  Wine & soft drinks served

18.00  PERFORMANCE - HidDen Theatre, ‘The Barbers Pageant of The Baptism of Christ’


Full delegate rate  23

Student & U25 15

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