MYSTERY Woman, York playwright Ged Cooper’s new play inspired by the York Mystery Plays 2012, will receive its first public reading on Tuesday night at Bedern Hall, Bartlegarth, York.
Ged was a member of the community cast in last summer’s production in the Museum Gardens, an experience that inspired her new work.
Mystery Woman will be performed by enthusiastic volunteers at a special event organised by York Mystery Plays Supporters Trust.
Ged’s play follows the story of Linda, whose life changes and grows as a direct result of her involvement with the Mystery Plays and is a personal reflection of Ged’s own feelings and memories of last year.
“I’m thrilled that the Supporters Trust are giving me the opportunity to have the play read by a bunch of people who were part of York Mystery Plays 2012 and know exactly what it was like,” said Ged, who cut her play-writing teeth with the York branch of Script Yorkshire. “I hope that this play will ultimately be produced, ideally here in York.”
The evening will give those who want to participate a chance to take on roles from the play, although those wishing only to watch and listen will be more than welcome to do so. Ged will be delighted to receive valuable feedback on the play – still a work in progress – on the night.
Supporters Trust chairman Alex Hughes said: “The trust was formed following the success of the 2012 production with the aim of supporting York Mystery Plays in their various forms and encouraging associated work and events. We’re delighted to be able to bring Ged’s wonderful new play to a wider audience and look forward to seeing how it progresses and develops.”
The 7pm reading is free for York Mystery Plays Supporters Trust members; entry for non-members is £2.