Story of Bridlington Priory to be told in play

Lesley Tasker, Veronica Robson, Shirley McAndrew and Nestor Wilson, who all play Medieval market traders in the Churches Together production of Priory Visions for Priory 900, Bridlington, 2013.

Lesley Tasker, Veronica Robson, Shirley McAndrew and Nestor Wilson, who all play Medieval market traders in the Churches Together production of Priory Visions for Priory 900, Bridlington, 2013.

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The success of a range of craft workshops that being held as part of the Priory 900 celebrations is proving that old skills never die.

Following on from the popular blacksmithing and woodcarving sessions held in April, last weekend’s stonecarving classes were fully booked. Led by professional sculptor Stephen Carvill assisted by Arran Adams, students had a chance to try out masonry tools for themselves - and find out just how demanding the craft is.

Places are still available for the next workshop, on Saturday May 18, which will teach people mediaeval cookery. Future workshops, running between June and September will cover jewellery, archaeology for children, poetry, stained glass, photography, art in the Priory, calligraphy, and textiles; call Rebecca Young on 07583 432163 to inquire about places.

Also on May 18 is a very special event, Priory Visions. Performed on the Church Green, this tells the story of the Priory in twelve dramatic scenes, which will be repeated throughout the afternoon. Each performance will last about an hour and a quarter and the audience will be guided around by volunteer stewards.

The drama is a team effort, written and produced under the leadership of Deirdre McGarry and Vincent Jones, who were involved in Bridlington’s outdoor Passion Play in 2010.

Said Deirdre: “With so much material, we had to work out what to include and what to leave out. It was very different from the Passion Play story, which had very definite scenes. It was a challenge to include significant women’s parts, as so much history is recorded through men’s achievements.”

Priory Visions is a free event suitable for all. Performances start at 2.30pm, 3pm and 3.30pm and there will be lots of other activities taking part on the Green throughout the day.

The Priory 900 Festival also incorporates the Old Town’s well-established Summer Festival, which runs from June 29 to July 7 2013. There will be lots of familiar favourites, including Secret Gardens, the EYMS brass band, and another of the popular ‘take part’ productions of Gilbert and Sullivan - in which you are invited to join in with the choruses. On Old Town Day, July 7, the whole area will be in festival mood, with the food and craft fair in the High Street and on Church Green, the Old Town Show and a dog show. Plus for the first time this year there will be a Town Criers’ competition; Bridlington’s David Hinde will compete against criers from all over the country to see who makes the loudest and best ‘cries’.

More information about the Prior 900 Festival can be found at priory900.org.