In September, see all 3 plays of the 14th century Ordinalia Cycle in the St Just Plen an Gwari.
Play 2 in the Ordinalia Cycle, The oldest surviving trilogy of medieval Cornish Plays.
St Just’s colourful characters tell the story of Christ’s final week leading up to his Crucifixion. What should be a time of celebration for Passover instead finds Jesus preparing his disciples for his imminent death, as he awaits betrayal, accusations and torture, knowing there is no escaping his destiny. Meanwhile, Lucifer realises he has gone too far and the final battle awaits. Deeply moving and poignant amid beautiful storytelling.
The Passion of Christ – (Passio Christi).
· Tues 7th 7:30pm, (gates open 6:30pm)
· Weds 8th 7:30pm, (gates open 6:30pm)
· Weds 15th 7:30pm, (gates open 6:30pm)
· Thurs 16th, 1pm & 7:30pm (gates open midday) & 7:30pm, (gates open 6:30pm
The Ordinalia is considered the oldest surviving trilogy of plays in Britain and were originally performed to spread Christian ideas and messages to the people of Cornwall. They are older than Shakespeare’s plays.
Unique to Cornwall and its heritage, the three plays collectively cover the whole scope of the bible stories from the beginning of the world to doomsday – but don’t think serious, instead, think community, huge casts, music, dancing, singing, laughter, rowdy, raucous, devils, light, dark, entertainment… When else, where else, can you stand in a spot and know you are enjoying a shared experience with people 500 years ago?
Not recommended for children under 8 but up to parental discretion.