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2014 December - The Corpus Christi (N-Town) Mystery Plays at St George in the East


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The Players of St Peter are pleased to present their annual performances of scenes from the medieval mystery plays, which in their entirety illustrate the biblical story from Creation to Doomsday. This year the scenes are taken from the unique N-Town text which is believed to have been a touring play script, and is also known as 'the plaie called Corpus Christi'.

Our selection of scenes contrasts the harmony and unity at the heart of things created by God with the dissension initiated by the pride of Lucifer which spread rebellion and disharmony first in heaven and, following his fall, into the world of man.

The famous Parliament of Heaven play features the debate over whether humankind should be rescued, and so leads into the Christmas story.

The plays feature rumour-mongering, slander and anger as well as reconciliation, gift-giving and singing. The biblical characters are brought to life as 15th-century English men and women in these traditional plays, which ring true as much for our time as when they were first performed by ordinary citizens to their fellow townsfolk over six hundred years ago.

We hope that you will enjoy these plays as much as we do, and that they will provide a happy start to your Christmas season.

Here is the selection we shall be presenting

  • The Creation of Heaven and the Fall of Lucifer
  • The Creation of the World and the Fall of Man
  • Temptation
  • The Parliament of Heaven
  • The Salutation and Conception
  • Slander and Backbiter
  • Joseph's Return
  • The Birth of Christ
  • The Adoration of the Shepherds
  • The Doom of Sinners
  • Christ on Mercy