Distinctive amateur drama
in Northampton since 1932
Registered Charity No. 294848
The Mysteries: Nativity
by Tony Harrison
Cast & Crew
Music by ‘Hobson’s Choice’ Rod Clarke, Paul Gardner, Kevin Pinks
God Owen Warr
Angel Lucifer Brian Harrap
Angel Gabriel Jan Stoppani
Adam Scott Bradley
Eve Lynette Ashton
Abel Mark Harris
Cain Stuart Robinson
Noah Tony Janney
Wife Sue Howes
Abraham Rob Kendall
Isaac Mark Scott
Joseph David Ashton
Mary Suzanne Richards
Herod Rob Kendall
Son Stuart Robinson
Messenger Sarah Locker
King 1 Barry Hillman
King 2 Tony Janney
King 3 Lynette Ashton
Shepherd 1 Mary Greaves
Shepherd 2 Sue Howes
Shepherd 3 Owen Warr
Mak Emily Salter
Mak’s Wife Ingrid Heyman
Death Scott Bradley
Mothers Elaine Ashton, Mary Greaves, Sue Howes
Soldiers Claire Brittain, Brian Harrap, Ingrid Heyman, Tony Janney, Emily Salter
Director David Ashton
Costumes Alison Dunmore, Claire Brittain
Set Derek Banyard
Lighting Design Richard Walker
Lighting Engineer Robert Harrap
Stage Management Claire Brittain
Continuity Pam Burnette
Box Office Mary Greaves
Publicity Tony Janney
Programme Rob Kendall
Jan Stoppani as Angel Gabriel, Owen Warr as God and Brian Harrap as Angel Lucifer
Production No. 320
David Ashton, director
The play is based upon the English Medieval Mystery plays of York, Chester, Townley (Wakeﬁeld) and Coventry of which four complete cycles survive.
They were written in the middle-ages by working men and craftsmen’s guilds assisted by dramatic poets.
The original presentations of the plays were performed during Corpus Christi on carts passing various locations (stations) in the city throughout the day.
Tony Harrison has taken these cycles and welded them into three separate and inﬁnitely varied plays: The Nativity, The Passion and Doomsday, the complete trilogy lasting some six hours.
The Nativity was completed in 1981 and its ﬁrst production by The National Theatre in l985 received universal acclaim.
A concem with the register and feel of the medieval language keeps the origins of the play alive while the stage directions bring the production ﬁrmly into the 20th century.
19 - 22 December 2001
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Sheep Street, Northampton
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IT'S THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD
Northampton Chronicle & Echo, December 2001
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Sheep Street, Northampton, is the, magniﬁcent setting for the Masque Theatre's latest production.
The actors will be marking the festive season by performing Tony Harrison’s play The Nativity at the church from December 19 to December 22.
The production, which combines music, dance and comedy, tells the Biblical story from the creation of the world through to the Christmas story and the death of Herod.
A cast of 34 people includes Owen Warr as God, Jan Stoppani as Gabriel, Scott Bradley as Adam, Lynette Ashton as Eve and Rob Kendall as Herod.
Northampton band Hobson’s Choice will provide music ranging from traditional Christmas carols to Bob Dylan.
The play is based on the English Medieval Mystery plays of York, Chester, Townley and Coventry of which four complete cycles survive.