Volunteers needed for Bridlington Priory costume drama

Local artist Ron Rooke's painting imagines St John looking at a reconstruction of what he thought the Priory might have looked like before its devastation.
Local artist Ron Rooke's painting imagines St John looking at a reconstruction of what he thought the Priory might have looked like before its devastation.

Budding actors, singers, or anyone that can lend a hand, are encouraged to get involved with a drama documenting the church’s history and impact on Bridlington during the ‘Priory 900’ celebrations.

The drama Priory Visions needs 18 speaking parts, many dressing up parts as well as stewards and extras to recreate nine separate scenes - and organisers are urging anyone who can help to go along to the first meeting on Sunday, October 28, at Emmanuel Church, from 2.30pm until 4pm.

The performance of Priory Visions is set to take place on May 18, 2013 and will be performed by people in Bridlington of all ages.

At the first meeting, photographs and music from the last successful, large-scale outdoor production performed by Bridlington residents, the Passion Play in 2010, will be shown.

Priory 900 organisers hope that volunteers will be inspired by what ordinary people achieved while working on the Passion Play, and say that “no experience is needed, but you’ll have an experience of a lifetime.”

The story of next year’s performance will be entwined in a series of monologues, revealing the life of St John of Bridlington to whom many miracles were attributed.

He was the last English saint recognised before the Reformation and the destruction of much of the Priory during the reign of Henry VIII, and has a number of streets named after him in Bridlington.

A group of local scriptwriters have worked on Priory Visions for several months, and are looking forward to meeting the people who will play the parts they have created.

A host of events, services and special exhibitions will also be part of next year’s ‘Priory 900’ celebrations, so keep an eye on the Free Press for announcements.