In the Beginning

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At St Mary's Church

Local outdoor theatre company Outspoken Theatre return, not with their usual Shakespeare, but something older – a series of medieval playlets of Bible stories about the Creation, the Garden Of Eden and Noah’s Flood. The company, directed by David Hart, have toured outdoor Shakespeare plays around the area for 20 years, but for once they come indoors in a fund-raiser for the Friends Of St Mary’s. Centuries ago all towns and cities in England, including Haverhill, would have had cycles of plays from Bible stories acted out in the street by their trade guilds. These date from the 15th century and are adapted from the two major surviving cycles, of York and of Chester. They are rollicking outdoor scenes, more like pantomime, with music and broad humour. The regular Shakespeare cast will be joined by local children and by the church choir. Socially distanced audience seating.

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