PUPILS of the Queen’s School made surprise appearances during the recent production of the Chester Mystery Plays, without stepping foot on stage.
The girls popped up in the refectory and the cloisters before the main performance in the cathedral nave and during the interval.
They performed devised versions of Bible stories that were omitted from the newly adapted script, written by Stephanie Dale, and played musical instruments.
The stories of Moses and the Law, the Woman Taken Into Adultery, Abraham and Isaac and the Good Samaritan were adapted to make 21st century audiences think about their behaviour in the same way that the medieval guilds, the original presenters of the plays, did.
The girls used street theatre techniques to grab the audience’s attention and enjoyed being involved in the professional production.
Artistic director Peter Leslie Wild said: “I have really enjoyed and appreciated the girls’ contributions before the show and in the interval. There was a terrific feeling of things happening everywhere in the building.”
Chester Mystery Plays project manager Jane Dawson said: “First of all, I just wanted to say how impressed I've been with all of the girls’ performances.
“I saw or heard most of them in my roamings of the cloisters - their talent and commitment were just terrific.
“The drama pieces were really inventive and the music just beautiful – I love that you heard it almost wherever you are, floating in the air.”
Queen’s head of drama Katharine Larder added: “The girls devised thought-provoking pieces of drama that engaged audiences throughout the run.
“We are very proud to have been a part of this wonderful piece.”