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Doomsday was performed for the second time on 27th - 29th October 2016

Doomsday returned to Turvey on 27th, 28th and 29th October 2016.

Doomsday 2016

The end of the world returned to Turvey in 2016. Not the actual apocalypse, but the final play in Tony Harrison's celebrated cycle of mystery plays, Doomsday.

Turvey Mysteries came together in Autumn 2005 to produce the plays, which were originally staged by the National Theatre and the band "Home Service". The plays are community productions, with the characters played as ordinary people, by ordinary people. This reflects the original medieval mystery plays from York, Chester Wakefield and Coventry, on which Tony Harrison based his own, unique version.

Having completed the first run through the cycle, we started again with The Nativity in January 2014. As before, the cast and crew were all local volunteers, some of who had never acted before. This was followed at Easter 2015 with The Passion.

We couldn't leave the cycle unfinished, so we got together again in 2016 to reprise the final play, Doomsday. This follows the story of the events following the Crucifixion, starting with the Resurrection and continuing all the way to Judgement Day and the end of the orld. Despite the subject matter, there is still scope for humour – these plays were, after all, popular entertainment for the medieval masses. The "jobsworth" Knights are still bickering, and Satan's demons return to harass the audience like true pantomime villains. Many of the other characters from The Nativity and The Passion also return. Doomsday is very much in the same style as the other plays. The language is sometimes medieval, sometimes modern – at times Shakespeare, at times Eastenders. Once again, the music remains central. Shaker hymns and medieval dance tunes rub shoulders with more recent material by songwriters like John Tams and Richard Thompson, all given a strong, contemporary treatment by a large live band.

Doomsday flames projected ontot eh church walls

"But, sirs, I you all tell,
If Doomsday had come much later,
Then we'd have had to build our hell
Grimmer
Grander
Greater!"