A Nativity for York

Early in 2019 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.

The production, staged at the Spurriergate Centre in the city centre, was a great success drawing an audience of over 500. The intention is to stage A Nativity for York again in December 2020. However, the current pandemic may prove to be longer lasting than we think, but we will proceed with our plans (at a distance of course). If we are unable to present the play in December, everything will be carried over to 2021. Announcements will appear on our Home page.

A Nativity for York

Philip Parr, a widely experienced director of theatre, opera and festivals, chiefly as artistic director of Parrabbola, created a moving and contemporary drama.  Philip utilised the cafe environment of the Spurriergate Centre to create an element of surprise and audience participation.  The cast entered with the audience, taking up seats at the cafe tables, and from there, commenced the play.

Philip created the instrumental and vocal music for the play, using the skills of the cast to create the sound.  Dave al-Bahrani Peacock stage managed the production with costumes designed by Felip Gesse, Terry Ram acted as Associate Director with production by Leonie Hertig and Simon Tompsett.

We would like to thank everyone who supported the play by attending, donating funds, notably York Common Good Trust and the Feoffees of St Michael, Spurriergate – our thanks for their generous donations.

It was a great pleasure to work with the Spurriergate Centre team on our first production and our thanks go to them for their co-operation and commitment. Grateful thanks and congratulations go to our community actors,  stage crew , photographers, publicity team and front of house team who worked so hard and enthusiastically to make it all happen.

Future Productions

2020:  YMPST intends to stage the 2020 A Nativity for York at the Spurriergate Centre from Thursday 10 – Sunday 13 December 2020.  This will be dependent on national circumstances relating to the coronavirus pandemic.  Nevertheless the Trust wishes to appoint a Director to commence work on the script and the vision for the production.

It is probable that we will review our situation in September and October and decide whether the production can go ahead as planned, take place in an alternative medium or be postponed until 2021.

A Nativity For York 2019
A Nativity For York 2019
A Nativity For York 2019
A Nativity For York 2019

Photos: Nick Ansell and John Saunders