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CMP 2012

Programme PDF

Noah's Flood

Chester Mystery Plays in Miniature

2012

Noah's Flood

Chester Mystery Plays in Miniature

2012

Musical and artistic direction: Matt Baker
Designer:
Tony Lewery
Conductor:
Erin Elston
Film:
The Harlequin Project, University of Chester

Performed as part of MBNA Chestival 2012, Noah’s Flood was seen by around 2,000 people. The weather was a little unkind for this third production in the Chester Mystery Plays in Miniature series – although the threatened deluge didn’t actually interrupt performances, the cold and wet weather was extremely unseasonal!

Around 120 people performed this hugely popular musical version of the story of Noah and the Ark. Community performers were joined by children and young people from Jigsaw Music Theatre and pupils from St Werburgh’s and St Columba’s Catholic Primary School – all under the watchful eye of God (played by Akshay Gulati) who appeared on the MBNA Chestival Big Screen. The University of Chester’s Harlequin Project again provided creative and evocative film.

Noah’s Flood was a perfect curtain raiser for the 2013 main production!

Performed in Chester’s Amphitheatre as part of Chestival 2012
22 - 24 June 2012
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CMP 2011

Programme PDF

Creation

Chester Mystery Plays in Miniature

2011

Creation

Chester Mystery Plays in Miniature

2011

Composer and Director: Matt Baker
Designer:
Tony Lewery

This compact performance managed to pack the six days of creation into a vivid half-hour spectacle involving a variety of community schools, dance and musical groups (see full Programme), with a stunning backdrop created in association with the University of Chester’s Multi-Media Department.

Performed in Chester’s Amphitheatre as part of Chestival 2011
17 - 19 June 2011
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Noah's Flood

2010

Noah's Flood

2010

Musical and Artistic Direction: Matthew Baker
Designer:
Tony Lewery

The Chester Mystery Plays 2008 musical version of Noah’s Flood was performed four times in the Amphitheatre in June 2010, staged on and around a Pageant Waggon, and was seen by over 4,000 people. Over 100 people from the local community (including children from Dee Point Primary School and Jigsaw Children’s Music Theatre) were involved in the production as performers and providing technical/stage management support.

Performed in Chester’s Amphitheatre as part of Chestival 2010
18 - 20 June 2010
Video - Stills by G. Brooks and video footage by E. Jonas.
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Video

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Where are they now?
Cast members 1
Cast members 2

Chester Mystery Plays

2008

Chester Mystery Plays

2008

Artistic Director: Robin Goddard
Music Director and Composer:
Matthew Baker
Designer:
Judith Croft
Lighting designer:
Nick Ritchings
Sound designer:
Kevin Heyes
Project Managers:
Ruth Roberts and Andrew Shone

This spectacular and triumphant production was enthusiastically received by audiences and critically acclaimed in the press. It involved over 500 members of local communities who volunteered their services as performers, technical/stage management support, front of house and bar staff, chaperones and marketing and administrative teams. It was seen by over 12,500 people, and a further 3,000 watched street theatre performances.

A concert version of the production was performed in the nave of Liverpool Cathedral on 10 and 11 October 2008. This was the first time the plays had been taken outside of Chester by the community company. The production was Chester’s contribution to Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture.

Performed on Chester Cathedral Green
26 June - 19 July 2008
Video - thanks to Andy Davies of The Harlequin Project, and to ScreenIcon for the original footage.
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Chester Mystery Plays

2003

Chester Mystery Plays

2003

Artistic Director: Robin Goddard
Music Director and Composer:
Matthew Baker
Designer:
Rhyannon Richardson
Lighting Designer:
Richard Armitage
Sound Designer:
Richard Stokes
Administrator:
Felicity McNae

This production brought the artistic team of Robin Goddard and Matthew Baker together for the first time, resulting in one of the most successful productions in the modern era.

It involved over 400 members of the local community and was seen by over 10,000 people.

Performed on Chester Cathedral Green
30 June - 19 July 2003
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