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This is an archive of past events within the Department of English Studies. Please see our current events for forthcoming activities.

Some of our public events are recorded and are available as podcasts via our Research English At Durham blog.

The crucifixion, from the York mystery plays

Plays from the York Cycle of Mystery Plays

10th July 2016, 18:00 to 19:00, Palace Green

York’s Worshipful Company of Butcher’s in conjunction with St Chad’s and the York Festival Trust present a combined version of two plays from the York Cycle of Mystery Plays.

Performed on a custom-built wagon based on textual clues from the medieval script, it tells the story of the last hours of Christ and the immediate aftermath of his death. This literally iconic play retains members of the cast across several years through multiple interpretations. As such it highlights two communities, the soldiers and the disciples. While the disciples are strengthened by Christ as a family and fellowship, the soldiers find their squad fragmenting. In this way the Play of the Crucifixion becomes a testament of renewal and rebirth, for us as individuals and as a community.

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