Photos from the first performance.
Dress Rehearsal – 17th May
Prop-making Workshop at Bergh Apton Village Hall, 2nd May.
The Props-Maker’s Part in the Mystery Play
The command came: Create a plague
to vex the Pharaoh and all his people.
Take a white linen sheet, three span by two,
ink from the brown-black oozings of silos,
card for pattern-making, razors for cutting,
rollers for inking, and now … begin!
And we, in the props-maker’s guild,
did as we were bid.
Draw all manner of mini-beasts on card,
midges, mosquitoes, scorpions, wasps and flying ants,
Cut round, and ink the patterns silo-black,
spread out the sheet and print their throbbing bodies,
fluttering wings, buzzing heads, till the whole white
world teems with frenetic insect life.
And we, in the props-maker’s guild,
did as we were bid.
Now shake the sheet, and the creatures flew up
in fury at the Pharaoh and all his people
with such a susurration and a flapping,
as never was heard, and they bit and they stung
till this folk were covered from toe to top
with bumps and lumps, and lesions and scab,
and they were sore, very sore vexed!
And we, in the props-maker’s guild, can say with pride,
We played our mysterious part, and did as we were bid!
Brenda Smith at Bergh Apton, 2nd May 2014
Sometimes words are just useful in the same everyday, take for granted way as knives, forks and spoons.
‘No, thank you.’
‘Fish and chips twice please.’
It’s raining again.’
At other times they hold the power to make spells, creating mood and magic.
As the one who makes the tea at rehearsals I have time to listen and watch as Hugh and David create a magic with the players, words, voices and movement and all in the setting of a chilly Church.
God starts to speak:
‘Welcome to my world,’
(’Wait a minute God, we need you placed higher, stand on this box.’)
We watch as God places constellations and planets to ceaselessly journey, the great leviathan slipped to cruise the oceans and birds tossed to fly high in forest trees. Then, from Adam’s rib, a woman is formed.
(Well done God. Adam and Eve, are you ready?)
They saunter through the Garden, entranced by all they see.
(‘How are we going to dress these two, any ideas?’
‘What if…….?’ ‘What about…..?’)
Enter the serpent and we all hiss.
She coils and twines round Eve hissing honeyed words to her, sugaring her conscience to sleep.
(Eve, try to show how tempted you are to pick that apple, it’s now or never.’)
Eve plucks the apple and in turn becomes the tempter.
(Adam arrives, all innocence. He has to dance round Eve and Hugh and David demonstrate a nifty soft shoe shuffle. By complete change of voice he has to show he is no longer the carefree innocent. This is the fall of Man!)
‘What have you done?’ demands God and banishes Adam and Eve. ‘Adam lay y-bounden’.
Adam ages and is dying and sends his son, Seth, at eight hundred years old a mere stripling, to the Garden. Angels bar the entrance.
(‘I’ll look on the web and see how to make wings.’
‘I’ve had a brilliant idea, instead of swords….’)
An angel gives Seth but ah… if you want to know what he is given you must buy a ticket and come to the plays.
Adam sprawls on the floor, dead.
(‘How do we bury him?’
‘And he’ll need to be watered. Make a note please to add a watering can to the props.’)
So ends the rehearsal. The Church door is locked and above us sail the stars, all placed in order by God as we have just seen.
THE BERGH APTON
MYSTERY PLAY CYCLE 2014
Stepping into the Unknown
A small group gathered in the darkness & shivered. They sipped hot drinks, wondering what they were letting themselves in for.
Two hours later the team had bonded as a well-honed troupe of players. The first Rehearsal for the first play of the Bergh Apton Mysteries was already beginning to show we have some exciting talent on board. What is in store, we wondered, once all fifty actors take to the stage in May? The levels of inhibition had begun to fall away and the adrenalin do its work. The troupe was creating life from off the page, where lovingly Hugh Lupton had sweated long and hard to bring us a script worthy of the master. The words took on new meaning. The world was created, man and woman crafted and the begetting commenced. And David Farmer was already extracting the homegrown talent’s deepest and previously untouched strengths as his directing talents came into play.
Prepare to be amused and delighted when the four plays have fully come to life, once rehearsals are completed for the performances on 24th May, 1st June & 8th June.
Find out more on the website and twitter and facebook – and be sure you get your tickets soon. They are already selling well and there are only 200 available for each performance.
FREE CREATIVE WORKSHOP
RECYCLE PLASTIC BOTTLES INTO FLOWERS
SATURDAY 15TH FEBRUARY 10-3
BERGH APTON VILLAGE HALL
Open to Anyone from
Alpington, Ashby St Mary, Bergh Apton, Bramerton, Carleton St Peter, Claxton, Framingham Pigot, Hellington, Kirby Bedon, Rockland St Mary, Surlingham, Thurton, Yelverton.
(children with participating adult)
Bring empty plastic bottles(don’t worry if you have none),
Be creative for an hour or so
Recycle, Create, Go mad!
BERGH APTON’S 2014 MYSTERY PLAY
Further Info: Tel 01508 480696
Liz McGowan lives in North Norfolk. Her work explores the ephemeral nature of our world. Drawing inspiration from the landscape of North Norfolk, her work engages in a conversation with the details and the processes that combine to make a place what it is at any one time.
“I am interested in promoting and facilitating multi-sensual conversations between groups of people and the worlds they inhabit. I am also part of Norfolk County Council’s Artists for Climate Change programme”.
Liz has participated in all six of Bergh Apton’s Sculpture Trails and strengthened the village’s creative instincts with wide-ranging & challenging workshops