Traditional Mystery play told in Old Town church

There will be a Mediaeval Mystery Play In St Clements Church, Hastings Old Town, on Sunday (January 17) at 5pm.

It will tell the story from the Nativity to the Fall of King Herod.

The play will be performed by members of St Clements church, All Saints and St Mary Star of the Sea.

Keith Leech commented: “As with all mystery plays it was written as poetry in a way that the common man could understand with a strong moral overtone, relating the gospel stories to an otherwise illiterate audience. The Mystery Play has been performed in the Old Town for the past twenty years and was originally instigated by the late Nick Harris who sadly died last year. This play is being performed in her memory.”

The play is directed by local drama expert Heather Leech who also directs the Good Friday Procession of Witness and will be a rehearsed play reading performed in Brechtian style with multi casting. The Parish bell ringers will provide music and sound effects on the newly restored St Clements hand bells.

Mulled wine will be on sale. There is no charge but a retiring collection will be made for parish funds.