Helping to bring back the Wakefield Mystery plays

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A sports clothing company has shown its support for Theatre Royal Wakefield to try and secure funding for a major production of The Wakefield Mystery plays.

Xamax, a branded clothing and sportswear specialist, donated 60 printed T-shirts to the theatre for young performers to wear at an event in Wakefield Cathedral.

The invite only event, which took place earlier this month, acted as a platform for The Wakefield Mysteries by testing out a brand new script.

Jon Ingham, head of fundraising and partnerships, at the theatre said: “We are extremely thankful to Arts Council England for funding this new mysteries script and to Xamax for their donation.”

Arts Council England has already given a £15,000 grant towards the project and it is hoped that this showcase will encourage others to help fund the project.

Mr Ingham added: “The level of support shown by Xamax has allowed us to raise the profile of the project within the city.

“It will also prove invaluable in demonstrating the backing that we have received from local businesses as we progress with our funding application to stage the full production of Wakefield Mysteries in the magnificent settings of Wakefield Cathedral in 2016.”

Graham Thompson, Xamax managing director, said: “As a growing business we are always keen to support the community where possible.

“The Wakefield Mysteries is a fantastic project and we are proud to be able to help them in their efforts to produce a full scale public performance of the drama and bring the tradition back to the city.”

The Wakefield Mystery plays date back to the 15th century and used to be performed outside Wakefield Cathedral.