The Flood 2022

Performed as part of the York Festival Trust’s pageant of Wagon Plays for 2022


York Festival Trust are arranging a festival of wagon plays on 19 and 26 June, with special midsummer evening performances on 22 and 23 June in the Market Place in the Shambles. 

What’s happening?

There will be 8 plays, each partnered with a guild. We are working with the Company of Cordwainers of the City of York to bring forth The Flood.


The wagons will roll from College Green to St Sampson’s Square to St Helen’s Square to King’s Manor. View map

Can I buy tickets?

At the first three locations, the plays are free to view. Tickets are available for 19th and 26th June at 1pm in Kings Manor. This is for covered, raked seating and allows you to watch all 8 plays in succession from the comfort of a seat. Tickets for The Mysteries in the Market on 22nd and 23rd June are also available now:

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Can I volunteer?

If you would like to steward or site manage for the Wagon Plays, please complete this form. This will go to Colin Jackson, Events Manager for the production.

Meet the Director, Paul Toy

Since first performing on a wagon at the age of 16, Paul has been a firm fan of the Mystery Plays tradition in York in all its forms. He was an Assistant Director on the Minster Mysteries 2000, and acted in the large scale Mystery Plays productions in 2012 and 2016. He is particularly associated with the Wagon Plays, having directed a play for the first experimental production back in 1988, and subsequently served as Artistic Director in 2010, and as Musical Director in 2002, 2006 and 2014.

Paul studied Drama and Theatre History at the Universities of Manchester, York, and Durham, and trained for the stage at the Webber-Douglas Academy. He has worked for a variety of small scale theatre companies, including The Actors of Dionysus and Theatre Mill, and has directed for the York Shakespeare Project and Baron Productions.

Says Paul: “Directing ‘The Flood’ will be an invigorating challenge. Weaving the different Biblical, Medieval and Modern themes together, and producing an engaging performance that honours all three aspects requires commitment, energy and talent. I’m certain that the YMPST will provide all that and more. Together we can produce a vivid and joyful entertainment for everyone”.