The Chester Mystery Plays

We’re going to do something with all the Mystery Plays, but we started with Chester back in 2013. To date we’ve recorded a full set of Exploring workshops of every play, which have been edited and released. We also recorded in 2013 some (slightly rough – it was early days for us) full cast audio adaptations, which are available below. We’ll fill in more full cast audio work in the future, building on the work we’ve done, but there isn’t currently a mandate from our patrons to do more – if you’d like us to complete these plays, vote for it by joining us on patreon!

The easiest way to listen to these in order is via our playlist – just press play and leave it running. Or just keep scrolling down, for context and the odd random thing thrown in.

Play 1 – The Fall of Lucifer – we’ve done some very early Exploring sessions – running over two episodes, part 1 & part 2. There is also a Full Cast Audio Adaptation available below – an early recording, so a little rough.

Which is based on our work in the Exploring sessions – runs over two episodes, part 1 & part 2.

Play 2 – Adam and Eve – the numbering for Chester can get messy, but play 2 is broadly split in two here, with two exploring sessions part 1 & part 2, plus our Full Cast Audio Adaptation below.

Play 2 (continued) – Cain and Abel – technically the same play, but we’ve covered it separately to Adam and Eve. Two exploring sessions, part 1 & part 2, plus a Full Cast Audio Adaptation below.

Apart from play 12, The Temptation (below) we haven’t yet produced more Full Cast Audio Adaptations of the plays, though more are in the works. We have done exploring sessions of all remaining plays, listed below.

Play 3 – Noah – First Exploring session below, and links here to part 2 & part 3.

Play 4 – Abraham and Isaac. The Abraham play features more than just the story of nearly murdering Isaac, starting on a more martial note in part 1 of the exploring session below. Links here for part 2 & part 3.

And here’s a compare and contrast play for you – the Brome Abraham and Isaac play features many textual similarities. Chicken – egg – you decide! Exploring session, !Spoilers!, Full Cast Audio Adaptation below.

Play 5 – Balaam and Balak – a story which you won’t find in any other surviving cycles. Which is nice. It’s an odd play, based on a very odd Biblical tale. Worth a punt for the talking ass alone. Exploring session part 1 below, links for part 2 & part 3.

Play 6 – The Nativity. First part of the exploring session below, links here for part 2, part 3, part 4.

Play 7 – The Shepherds. First part of the exploring session below, links here for part 2, part 3, part 4.

Play 8 – Magi and Herod. First part of the exploring session below, link here for part 2.

Play 9 – The Adoration of the Magi. First part of the exploring session below, link here for part 2.

Play 10 – The Slaughter of the Innocents. First part of the exploring session below, links here for part 2 and part 3.

We rejoin the recording of Exploring sessions about five years later, in a different venue and in a different style.

Play 11 – Christ and the Doctors and other stories…

Play 12 – The Temptation & the Woman Taken in Adultery – we have the initial exploring session as well as a !Spoilers! session, plus a Full Cast Audio Adaptation below.

Play 13 – The Healing of the Blind Man & Raising of Lazarus

Play 14 – Entry in Jerusalem and other stories…

Play 15 – Last Supper and Betrayal

Play 16 – The Trial (to be followed by Play 16a)

Play 16a – The Crucifixion

Play 17 – The Harrowing of Hell: featuring some interesting extra Biblical material towards the end of the play.

Tis the time of year to harrow your hell, lest it grows unwieldy…

Play 18 – The Resurrection: featuring some very unhappy guards… you had one job guys!

The Resurrection welcomes careful guardians…

Play 19 – Lucas and Cleophas & Doubting Thomas: featuring… some great walking action, disappearances and general stuff.

Don’t you just hate it when people run out on you in the middle of a conversation?

Play 20 – The Ascension: featuring… the ascension. It’s an all singing, all rising production, with a little bit of messiness with the special effects.

Play 21 – Pentecost: featuring the voting for replacement disciples, some light bathing in the holy spirit and a cast farewell at the end of the season. Just the end of days left to do. And things will get weird.

Play 22 – The Prophets of the Antichrist: featuring the worst dream diary ever. Yes, it’s time to try and figure out what the prophecies of the coming of the Antichrist mean…

Play 23 – Antichrist: featuring the coming of the Antichrist and the final battle at the end of days. Someone really wanted to blow the budget on this one. Magic, zombies, battles… this one has it all. Just one more play to go.

Play 24 – The Judgement: It’s the end of the world, and the souls of humanity are on their way to be judged. Good, bad, from all walks of life. After the budget blowing extravaganza of the Antichrist sequence, here’s a simpler, if heavy, close to the sequence. Now go back to the beginning and start again.

And that’s it. We’re going to keep chipping away at this edifice, a little bit here, a little bit there. To get all future material before the general public, join our patreon and help support our work – you also get to vote for the plays you want us to work on next! Even a pledge of $1 really does make a difference.