Xamax Help Bring Back Mystery Dramas In The City
03 March 2015
Xamax, the work wear and sports clothing specialist, has shown its support for Theatre Royal Wakefield in their bid to secure further funding from Arts Council England, to showcase a major production of The Wakefield Mysteries in 2016, for the first time this century.
Following the donation of 60 high quality printed t-shirts from Xamax, which were worn by young volunteers aged between 13 and 30 years old, all those involved in the production were able to promote their association with The Wakefield Mysteries and reinforce its significance.
The young performers taking part came from across the Wakefield District to work with the Theatre’s education partners Wakefield College, Carlton Community High School and Hemsworth Arts and Community Academy.
The invite only event, which took place on 19 February, acted as a platform for The Wakefield Mysteries by testing out a brand new script and performance in the unique setting of Wakefield Cathedral. The hope is that this showcase, which follows a £15,000 grant from Arts Council England, will encourage local, regional and national funders to come together with Arts Council England to resource the next year’s public performances.
Whilst the 15th century plays used to be regularly brought to life through a series of performances outside Wakefield Cathedral, they have not been a feature in the City for over 30 years. The plans are now to see the cycle of medieval mystery dramas return to Wakefield and reconnect the people of district with their rich cultural heritage.
As part of The Wakefield Mysteries event, spectators were able to meet the creative team who are writing the script for the new production, as well as witness the young volunteers bring elements of the developing story to life in a drama workshop.
Graham Thompson, Managing Director of Xamax comments:
“As a growing business in the Wakefield district, we are always keen to support the local community where possible. The Wakefield Mysteries is a fantastic project and we are proud to be able to help them in their efforts to produce a full scale public performance of the drama and bring the tradition back to the city.”
Jon Ingham, Head of Fundraising and Partnerships, Theatre Royal Wakefield said:
“We are extremely thankful to Arts Council England for funding this new Mysteries script and to Xamax for their kind donation. The t-shirts helped the young volunteers to feel valued within their role in developing The Wakefield Mysteries showcase.
He adds: “The level of support shown by Xamax has allowed us to raise the profile of the project within the city. It will also prove invaluable in demonstrating the backing that we have received from local businesses as we progress with our funding application to stage the full production of Wakefield Mysteries in the magnificent settings of Wakefield Cathedral in 2016.”