York Mystery Plays Update: Waggon Pushers Needed

Work on our contribution to the York Mystery Plays 2018 is well underway with our Waggon-Master and Guild Clerk, Chris Bailey. Chris has already walked the route with fellow waggon-masters, which stops outside St William's College, St Sampson's Square, St Helen's Square and Kings Manor (ticketed).


Director, Tom Straszewski has already cast three parts now in rehearsal for our play, which forms part of the first CREATION stories and is The Spicers’ Play: The Annunciation and Visitation. As you can imagine, we're thrilled to be the second play in this year's production, which begins as follows...

The Mysteries begin with acts of creation- with York’s Builders creating the world from nothing in a mere five days. Partnered with this is the New Testament’s story of creation- the visit of the Angel Gabriel to Mary, telling her of the new life to come.

Waggon Pushers Needed


We'd like send massive thanks to Dan Shrimpton, manager of Joseph Rowntree Theatre who has identified four volunteers to help to make the production, which is well under way! Without waggon pushers, however, we can't go anywhere. We're looking for 6 - 8 waggon pushers per day for the two days at York Mystery Plays 2018, taking place on Sunday 9th and the 16th September 2018. All you need is some patience and some elbow grease [and it's also quite fun to slow down traffic while everyone watches you pushing a waggon - ed].


To support the Guild of Media Arts by providing a helping hand during the waggon plays, please send us an email via our contact page to let us know you're in and we will gladly welcome you!


If pushing a waggon isn't for you, you can be a part of 2018's wider historical and memorable events by applying to the Mystery Plays volunteer team to act as one of the following:

  • programme sellers

  • stewards

  • station masters

  • audience surveys team


The Mystery Plays are in also on the hunt for a couple of talented individuals willing to coordinate this volunteers and the team that will deliver audience surveys.

If coordinating teams of enthusiastic volunteers on large, public facing artistic projects sounds like something you could excel at, York Mystery Plays 2018 would love to hear from you. A general call has gone out and people who volunteered at the start of the project are being contacted, so places are limited - apply for your position in the team while you can by following social media for the next callout, or contacting the team directly via the York Mystery Plays website.

In the meantime, we will be keeping our ears and eyes peeled for the secret location near York St John University, where all the waggons are being stored...

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