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Doomsday will be returning to Turvey on 27th, 28th and 29th October 2016.

The rehearsal schedule is available as a PDF from Doomsday 2016 Rehearsal Schedule
The cast list is at Doomsday Company 2016

Doomsday 2016

Doomsday 27 - 29 October 2016 Tickets now available from Jane & Tim (07768 244826) or from Turvey Central Stores (in person only) £8 or £5 concessions.

It’s official – the dates for the end of the world are confirmed! 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’re very pleased to announce that we’re now getting together again to reprise the final play in the cycle, Doomsday. This is 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 world. 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 2016 has now been cast but we'll need help with refreshments and front of house on the performance nights, and also for the get-in the weekend before, and get-out the night of the final performance. Please get in touch with Tim or Jane if you think you can help.

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