St Just Ordinalia 2021
From 4th – 18th September 2021, under golden autumn sunsets or the dramatic dark skies of far West Cornwall, all three of the fourteenth century mystery plays will be re-enacted in St Just’s Plen an Gwari – one of the two surviving 'places of the play' in Cornwall, and arguably the oldest working open-air theatre space in Britain.
In July 1969, Bristol University Drama Department performed the Ordinalia cycle at Perran Round, Perranporth which was believed to be the first production of the Ordinalia for 300 years. It has since been performed in 2000-2004 by the St Just community in the far west of Cornwall. This year the players will again use the 14th century stage plans and scripts to present a new community production of this significant trilogy.
The powerful, open-air biblical performances will form part of an entire two-week festival, celebrating Cornish culture and heritage, comprising a variety of dynamic workshops for festival ticket-holders, covering topics such as: Cornish language, Cornish singing, Cornish dancing, Cornish wrestling as well as fascinating town trail tours.
The historic amphitheatre and the focal point of St Just, the Plen an Gwari (‘playing place’) has something uniquely spiritual about it. Here audiences will be able to see all three Ordinalia plays in one week, which will be repeated during the second week, surrounded by angels, devils, the crucifixion and Noah’s Ark, offering a powerful, divine and otherworldly experience altogether.
For more information about the St Just Ordinalia project, the performances and other key activities over the fortnight, please visit: https://www.stjustordinalia.com/. Tickets start from £16 and for the entire two-week festival priced from £90.