What does the Trust do?
The York Mystery Plays Supporters Trust was formed following the York Mystery Plays 2012 production, a stunning production which built on the successes of the Guilds’ waggon plays. The scale of the show, combined with its return to the grounds of St Mary’s Abbey in York Museum Gardens, helped to bring new audiences to York, increased media awareness and generated a fantastic sense of community spirit and pride.
The York Mystery Plays have been performed by, and for, the local community since the 14th century and it is clear that the Mystery Plays are still extremely important to York and the people who live here and that they should be continued on a regular cycle – presented both on waggons and in stage productions.
So what’s the Trust all about?
The York Mystery Plays Supporters Trust, formed in 2012, supports regular stagings of the Plays and aims to increase awareness and understanding of their importance as part of York’s heritage. Since its formation, the Trust has:
Developed a website bringing together all the main sources of information about the Plays and their history;
Produced regular newsletters – read across the globe;
You can subscribe to our newsletter right here.
Represented the Plays at conferences and seminars;
Raised funds to support performances of the plays;
Organised trips to performances of Plays in other cities;
Worked with the University of York to develop courses and public lectures;
Sponsored the production of a waggon play by members in the 2014 cycle of Waggon Plays;
Supported York Minster with the community launch of the 2016 production;
Following the success of the 2018 Waggon Plays and the new 2019 ‘A Nativity for York’ production, we look forward to more community performances and ask you to join us in maintaining the public profile of the Plays and ensuring that regular stagings continue.
Join the YMPST today and get involved!
Key Documents and Information for the Trust
Annual General Meeting Minutes and Papers