A Nativity for York

The Trust decided to stage an hour-long Christmas Nativity, drawing from the Plays making up the Nativity Cycle. This presented an opportunity for actors, musicians and stage crew to participate in the Christmas Festival, and for citizens and visitors to take time out of the Christmas frenzy to sit down and celebrate the story of Christmas in the heart of York.

This was very successful, so we will be uploading pictures, audience comments and some ideas of where we might go for the 2020 production. Check back soon.

We would like to thank everyone who supported the play by attending, contributing and providing funding as well as all those community actors, crew, etc who made this first production such a success.

A Nativity For York

Director: Philip Parr

Philip Parr, a widely experienced director of theatre, opera and festivals, who has worked both in the UK and internationally and has established a reputation as a director of large scale community productions – chiefly working as artistic director of Parrabbola – collaborating with communities across Europe.

His theatre work, ranging from main house productions, to small scale rural touring has been seen around the world. His production of Pericles won the Movesie Award for best Europe Community Project in 2011 and the current production of Henry won best Solo Shakespeare Production at the 2016 Ostrava Shakespeare Festival.

Philip has worked at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, The Bayerisches Staatsoper, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and was founder and artistic director of Spitalfields Opera. He has directed the Swaledale Festival, Bath Shakespeare Festival, is a founding member of the European Shakespeare Festivals network and director of the York International Shakespeare Festival.

York Common Good Trust

York Common Good Trust

YMPST are grateful to York Common Good Trust for their generous support of A Nativity for York .

The York Common Good Trust gives grants of upto £1,000 to a range of York based charities which benefit the common good of the people of York. Set up in 1974 by the late Bill Morrell the Trust has given to York Groups well over half a million pounds.
The Trustees are drawn from the Morrell family and York citizens.