Norse Group sponsorship helps bring medieval plays to modern audiences

The Norse Group has recently supported a three-day theatrical event held at Norwich Castle, which brought to life an exciting piece of local history through live music, period costume and some special scenic effects.

norwich-medieval-mystery-playsThe Norwich Medieval Mystery Plays attracted great numbers to the Castle Keep for the sell-out performances, while castle visitors were treated to views of rehearsals taking place during the day. Our sponsorship also helped to enable a number of the Council’s Looked After Children and local foster families to attend the shows.

Mystery plays have entertained audiences in Norwich from as early as the 1300s. The latest performances last month saw a unique re-enactment of the 1533 Norwich Grocer’s Play, Paradyse, and four others from the N-Town Plays, a collection of 42 mystery plays said to belong to East Anglia; Creation of the World, Helle Carte (Fall of the Rebel Angels), Abelle and Cayne (Cane and Abel) and Noyse Shipp (Noah’s Flood).

The plays received very positive reviews in local news and from a national Mystery Play expert, and have been nominated for the Norfolk Arts Awards.

Steve Miller, Head of Norfolk Museums Service, and Norfolk Arts Service, said:

Thank you Norse Group for your invaluable help in bringing a Norwich and Norfolk tradition back to life after 500 years.

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