In September, see all 3 plays of the 14th century Ordinalia Cycle in the St Just Plen an Gwari.
Play 3 in the Ordinalia Cycle, The oldest surviving trilogy of medieval Cornish Plays.
The Shepherd has been smitten and the sheep are dispersed. Angels and Devils fight for supremacy, the spirit of Christ has risen and Hell is harrowed on a spectacular scale. Within the disciples, there is a crisis of faith, and Lucifer has one more trick up his sleeve.
We conclude the story, with much bawdy humour at the expense of Pilate along the way, leading to the climax of the Ascension. The trilogy is complete.
The Resurrection of Christ – (Resurrexio Domini )
· Fri 10th 7:30pm, (gates open 6:30pm)
· Sat 11th 7:30pm, (gates open 6:30pm)
· Fri 17th 1pm (gates open midday) & 7:30pm, (gates open 6:30pm)
· Sat 18th 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.