Thursday, 24 June 2010

Help at the Mystery Plays

York Settlement Players desperately need a push!

Can you help?

If you can, please contact Graham Sanderson at or 01904 652650

We’ve been let down by the groups who thought they would be able to provide pushers for our waggon in the York Mystery Plays on 11th and 18th July. Our play has a terrific cast, the set and costumes will be great, but we need teams of eight people to push our waggon through the streets of York.

What’s involved?
We need one team to get the waggon into position near York Minster early in the morning on each of the two Sundays and push it back to the Railway Museum at the end of the afternoon. Both these pushes will be in convoy - twelve waggons stopping traffic and turning heads!
We need another team to move the waggon into position for the four performances on each day. We start at the Dean’s Park behind York Minster at about 1.30 p.m., move on to College Green at the east end of the Minster, on again to St Sampson’s Square and finally to the Eye of York (Sunday 11th) or Museum Gardens (Sunday 18th).

Can I volunteer to take part on just one of the two Sundays?
Yes. You can volunteer for just one team on one day or for all the teams or anything in between…

Do I get any training or practice?
Yes, there’s a Dress Rehearsal on the afternoon of Saturday 10th July at the Railway Museum. Our Waggon Master will be on hand at all times to give instructions and ensure your safety. He’ll be accompanied on the days of the event by a professional Steward, and each performance area will have a number of stewards, volunteers and professional.

Do I have to be super fit?
No. You need to be in reasonable shape, but the most important thing is to be able to use your strength as part of a team, working in unison with everybody else. If you want to be in both teams on the same day, though, you need to have the stamina to keep going when you’re tired!

Do I have to wear a costume?
If we can provide suitable medieval-style tunics for everybody, we will; if not, there will be a simple dress code - for example, a black or white t-shirt, that kind of thing.

What do I get out of it?
Fun. Being part of a team in a prestigious public event is a really good feeling!

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