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Dame Judi Dench gives her support to York Youth Mysteries

Posted on Wednesday 20 February 2008

Dame Judi Dench has been appointed as the first official patron of the York Youth Mysteries 2008.

Co-ordinated by City of York Council's Arts and Culture team, the youth mysteries aim to introduce a whole new generation of York residents to the historic York Mystery Plays, which cover sacred history from the creation to the last judgement.

Over the next four months young people between the ages of 16 and 25 will have the chance to explore the York Mystery Plays through a range of creative activities including dance, film-making and circus. The project will culminate in a day of  city centre performances on Saturday 21 June with over 200 young people taking to the streets to present their own innovative interpretation of the internationally acclaimed plays.

Dame Judi was born and raised in York and took part in three productions of the Mystery Plays herself in 1950s, performing as the Virgin Mary in the 1957 production in the Museum Gardens. She has wished great success to all involved in the plays and hopes that the young people involved will have as much fun as she did.

Colin Jackson, the council's drama consultant, said: "I am delighted that Dame Judi has agreed to be one of our patrons. The York Mystery Plays were an important first step in her illustrious career in theatre and film.  We hope that the York Youth Mysteries will offer the same opportunity for the young people involved and that they will be able to share and develop their creative talents."