Easter Film Club Special
By the Heritage Theatre
‘YIMMIMANGALISO THE MYSTERIES’ is a spectacular African version of the English Medieval Chester Mystery Plays. These timeless Biblical Stories are brought to life through exhilarating songs, dance and heart-breaking drama. It is both passionate and uplifting. An altogether stunning piece of theatre that breathes fresh life into some of the greatest stories ever told’.
‘The Mysteries’ was recorded at the Wilton’s Music Hall, London in 2002. Some reviews at the time:
Evening Standard: ‘It is impossible not to be swept away by this DRAMATIC DYNAMITE. Each story is a miracle of energy, invention and humour’.
Daily Telegraph: ‘Moving, inventive, beautiful. You feel that you have died and gone to heaven’.
Time out: ‘A spectacular piece of theatre. It puts the world on stage and squeezes tears of sorrow, joy and laughter along the way’.
Act I begins with Creation and finishes with the slaughter of the innocents (not to be shown). Act II begins with Mary teaching Jesus as a child and the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. It is in a mixture of languages (no subtitles) but the story shines through the action and music.
As the whole play is rather long and as Act II is most relevant to Good Friday we plan to show the following……..
- A short documentary of 15 minutes which shows useful background information to the play and interviews with the main actors
- Short break for refreshments
- Act II only – the story of Jesus Christ beginning with Mary teaching him as a boy (c.1 hour).
This evening is open to everyone.