Mary of Nijmegen
26 May 2016 until 28 May 2016
8:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Based on the translation by Therese Decker and Martin W. Walsh and adapted for the stage by Herman Pretorius.
Mariken is without doubt the most famous individual in the long history of the Dutch town Nieumeghen. Her statue stands prominently in the Grote Market square. The statue is the image of innocent Mariken carrying her shopping basket to market in the big city. But Mariken never actually existed. She is the main character in a miracle play that was written around 1500, in this English adaptation, titled Mary of Nijmegen. The original play is written in medieval Dutch (first publication, 1518). It provides the first known example of the play-within-a-play device, as well as the first depiction on stage of the Devil in human form.
This moving, entertaining and colourful story of an innocent girl who gives her soul to the devil out of total despair, combines medieval theological beliefs with ordinary medieval life and folklore. As a typical medieval religious play it deals with essential truths: the forces of Good and Evil, and the very human path of temptation, sin, and salvation. These aspects are accentuated by the inclusion of four classic Pageant wagon plays, three taken from the famous York and Chester Cycles.
Mary: “Good works deserve to be performed well in the House of the Lord.”
Tickets: Adults $20/Concession $15
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Phone: 9819 8850
**For church groups of 10 or more people, you will receive tickets for $5. Be sure to tell us which church you attend when booking to take advantage of this offer**
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