York Nativity Play 2017

York Nativity Play 2017

Aldermaston’s York Nativity Play moves into its 7th decade!

2017 Aldermaston York Nativity PlayBack for its 61st consecutive year is Aldermaston’s York Nativity Play. A landmark in the annual calendar of the church, the people of Aldermaston and the surrounding area.

Tickets are free but there is an exit collection which goes to two causes: The Children’s Society and the restoration fund of the church. Project St Mary’s is coordinating the plans and spending of the restoration fund.

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The play was created in 1957  by local resident and teacher, Pat Eastop, with the vicar Reverend Stanley Young. The play is the adaptation by E. Martin Browne of the 8 Christmas plays from the fourteenth century York Mystery Cycle. E. Martin Browne was instrumental in the revival after 400 years of these Mystery Plays in York for the Festival of Britain of 1951. The plays will again be played in York on pageant wagons in 2018.

Mary in the Nativity Play

The Aldermaston Nativity Play features community performers from 9yrs to 70+yrs with their experience in the play ranging from none to 54 years.

This year Holly Lucas is back for her second year as Mary. There are some new acolytes and only the 5th new Musical Director as Tiffany Ebrey picks up the baton and takes over this crucial role. Tiffany lives and works in Aldermaston, being a classroom and music teacher at Aldermaston C of E Primary School. Tiffany’s musical experience ranges from singing in choirs and choral societies since her own school days, playing piano and organ for several local churches and writing and directing musicals for primary school children as part of her job.

Music takes a key role alongside the 14th-century poetic dialogue. An acapella choir sing over the heads of the audience from the bell-ringing chamber songs that originate from centuries ago.

The church itself plays a part in the proceedings as the action takes place all around the building and its lovely resonance adds a richness to both the spoken and sung words.

 

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York Nativity Play 2016 – 60th Year

York Nativity Play 2016  – 60th Year

Aldermaston’s York Nativity Play for the 60th consecutive year.

Aldermaston’s York Nativity Play is a wonderful way to start the festive season – a glimpse of the past devoid of commercialism.

The atmosphere generated by the play comes from the medieval styled costumes, the medieval acapella music and the medieval text, all set in the medieval church of St. Mary the Virgin.

The York Nativity Play was created in 1957 for Aldermaston by local resident and teacher, Pat Eastop, with the then vicar Reverend Stanley Young. The play is the adaptation by E. Martin Browne of the Christmas stories from the York Mystery Cycle. The York Mystery Cycle were revived in York for the Festival of Britain in 1951 after 400 years,

Pat Eastop was inspirational in directing many generations in this play over 57 years until 2013. Pat’s legacy to the community has been passed on to the current performers and backstage teams to take forward for future generations.

Pat Eastop’s own inspiration were the renaissance pictures of the Nativity, by the likes of Fra Angelico and other 15th century painters. Pat used these to design the tableau scenes to tell the story of that 1st Christmas.

Although tickets are free there is an exit collection for two causes: The Children’s Society and the restoration fund of the church.

Project St Mary’s is coordinating the plans and spending of the restoration fund.

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York Nativity Play 2015 – 59th year

York Nativity Play 2015 – 59th year

Aldermaston's 2015 York Nativity Play

Aldermaston’s York Nativity Play for the 59th consecutive year.

The York Nativity Play was created in 1957 for Aldermaston by local resident and teacher, Pat Eastop. The play is the collation and adaptation by E. Martin Browne of the nativity stories from the York Mystery Cycle. In 1951, after 400 years, the York Mystery Cycle were revived in York for the Festival of Britain in 1951. Pat went on to inspirationally direct many generations in the performance of this play over 57 years until 2013. Pat’s legacy to the community is a batten that has passed on to the performers and backstage team to take forward to the next generation.

The atmosphere generated by the play is mainly due to the amalgamation of the medieval church of St. Mary the Virgin, medieval styled costumes, medieval acapella music and the medieval text. Part of Pat’s inspiration were the renaissance pictures of the Nativity by the likes of Fra Angelo and other painters which she used to design the tableau scenes that make up this story of the 1st Christmas.

This is wonderful way to start the festive season as a glimpse of the past, devoid of commercialism.

Although tickets are free there is an exit collection for two causes: The Children’s Society and the restoration fund of the church.

Project St Mary’s is  co-ordinating the plans and spending of the restoration fund.

Continue reading...