Friends of the Chester Mystery Plays  have started fundraising for the 2018  production, just five months after the  curtain came down on this year’s cycle.

More than 80 friends gathered at  Crewe Hill, by kind permission of Michael and Inger Trevor-Barnston, for a  festive event to begin raising funds for the next historic quinquennial event.

Chairman of Chester Mystery Plays Jo  Sykes said: “Needless to say we were  also celebrating the success of the 2013  production performed earlier this year  in the nave of Chester Cathedral to great  public acclaim.”

The Friends were joined at Crewe Hill  by  Lord Mayor of Chester Councillor Jill  Houlbrook, the Lady Mayoress Mrs  Rachel Walker, the Lord Bishop of  Chester the Right Reverend Dr Peter  Forster and Mrs Elisabeth Forster.

 

The evening was organised by Inger  Trevor-Barnston, a director of the  Chester Mystery Plays Company, and  raised in the region of £1,400.

The original Chester Mystery  Plays  were written by Benedictine monks of  the Abbey of St Werburgh (now Chester  Cathedral) in the 14th century.  They  were performed by the guilds in medieval Chester on pageant wagons  trundled around the city streets.

There were originally 24 guilds, each  responsible for their own play, including  the Water Leaders & Drawers of the Dee,  the Hewsters (Dyers), the Tanners, the  Saddlers and the Curriers.

The 2013 production was directed by  Peter Leslie Wild with original music by  Matt Baker.