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Stonemasons perform medieval mystery play in Norwich

PUBLISHED: 12:32 02 June 2018 | UPDATED: 14:26 03 June 2018

The Guild of St Stephen and St George is performing a mystery play outside Norwich Cathedral today.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The Guild of St Stephen and St George is performing a mystery play outside Norwich Cathedral today. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2016

A centuries-old theatrical tradition saw stonemasons take to the streets of Norwich to perform a medieval mystery play.

The Guild of St Stephen and St George perform their traditional mystery play
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018The Guild of St Stephen and St George perform their traditional mystery play Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

The Norwich-based Guild of St Stephen and St George performed the story of Cain and Abel outside the west end of Norwich Cathedral on Saturday afternoon before moving to an open space near the Adam and Eve pub, in Bishopgate, where they did a second performance and were joined by dancers from Pretty Grim Welsh Border Morris.

The guild’s leader, Master Stephen, led the cast and played the role of God.

Stonemason apprentices Michael Evernett, Josh Marten-Brown, Samuel Starsmore, played the roles of Cain, Abel and Noah.

In centuries past mystery plays were traditionally performed by many different trade guilds, from armourers to shipwrights to glovers, with each trade performing a specific story from the Bible.

The Guild of St Stephen and St George perform their traditional mystery play
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018The Guild of St Stephen and St George perform their traditional mystery play Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

For more about The Guild of St Stephen and St George, visit www.gildencraft.co.uk

The Guild of St Stephen and St George perform their traditional mystery play
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018The Guild of St Stephen and St George perform their traditional mystery play Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

The Guild of St Stephen and St George perform their traditional mystery play
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018The Guild of St Stephen and St George perform their traditional mystery play Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

The Guild of St Stephen and St George perform their traditional mystery play
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018The Guild of St Stephen and St George perform their traditional mystery play Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

The Guild of St Stephen and St George perform their traditional mystery play
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018The Guild of St Stephen and St George perform their traditional mystery play Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

The Guild of St Stephen and St George perform their traditional mystery play
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018The Guild of St Stephen and St George perform their traditional mystery play Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

The Guild of St Stephen and St George perform their traditional mystery play
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018The Guild of St Stephen and St George perform their traditional mystery play Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

The Guild of St Stephen and St George perform their traditional mystery play
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018The Guild of St Stephen and St George perform their traditional mystery play Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

The Guild of St Stephen and St George perform their traditional mystery play
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018The Guild of St Stephen and St George perform their traditional mystery play Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

The Guild of St Stephen and St George perform their traditional mystery play
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018The Guild of St Stephen and St George perform their traditional mystery play Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

The Guild of St Stephen and St George perform their traditional mystery play
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018The Guild of St Stephen and St George perform their traditional mystery play Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

The Guild of St Stephen and St George perform their traditional mystery play
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018The Guild of St Stephen and St George perform their traditional mystery play Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

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