Monday, 5 June 2017

Review of the Comic Mystery Plays in the Church Times!



Very pleased to announce a lovely review from Dennis Richards in the Church Times this month.

"CHRIS LAMBERT’s The Comic Mystery Plays are an inspiring idea for next year’s Easter services in pri­mary schools. Teachers always ap­­preciate a volume that does the job for them, and the scripts of these nine sketches will save hours of work for drama teachers.

They have an intriguing back­ground: based loosely on the medi­eval mystery plays, they are in turn poignant, humorous, and trenchant. Furthermore, they take the Mystery Cycles from York and Wakefield as their inspiration. And, as any York­­shireman will tell you, you cannot do better than that."


Monday, 29 May 2017

North - Wyrd Harvest Press - Foreword

North

I was honoured to be able to write a foreword for this magnificent book from Wyrd Harvest Press... 
It captures the beautiful spirit of both the real and an imagined North. Phil Breach and Tim Turnbull have created a fascinating work that skips adventurously along the border between myth and history, daring, at times, to tread into the mist and fog.

To give a little bit of a flavour of what you might expect I am publishing an extract from the foreword below...

"The North calls me.

The idea of North pulls at my hand like an insistent lover.

Our colonial ancestors ingrained in us the idea that the compass leads to very different destinations. The South was a place of heat, savagery and pirate treasure, the East a place of mystery, strange beliefs and tea, the West was where the civilised made their home and the cold North was a place of legend and myth.

I am from the South. I was born in Shaftesbury in Dorset and have remained in the  Southlands of the country ever since. My family lived in Saltburn-by-the Sea but moved to the South a few years before I was born. My aged father, in his reminiscences, recalls my presence there, but it was only my unborn self he sees, the suggested spirit of my own foetus drifting over the Yorkshire hills and down to the sea."

To purchase the book click here or on the picture above. All profits from the sale of the book go to Wildlife Trust charities.


Monday, 1 May 2017

The Comic Mystery Plays - Out Now



This new collection of plays is available to buy from Amazon here.

The Mediaeval Mystery Plays Retold with added bite! Bring to life timeless tales from the bible in these new and exciting plays. Recreate the works of the Mediaeval Guilds as you perform your own Mystery Cycle!

Created for performance by school, church, community and amateur groups, these plays are designed to work in any location!

 Includes: Adam and Eve, Noah’s Ark, The Nativity, The Slaughter of the Innocents, The Wedding at Cana, The Garden of Gethsemane, The Trial of Christ, The Crucifixion, The Harrowing of Hell and The Resurrection.

 As well as the ten plays this book includes a foreword by the Bishop of Chelmsford, The Right Reverend Stephen Cottrell, information about the Mystery Plays, Casting forms, workshop guides and other materials to help you put on your own performances.

For more information, a school's performance pack or permission to perform please contact comicmysteries@outlook.com

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

New play coming in July - In a NUCLEAR BUNKER!


 Get your tickets by clicking on this picture right now!
Buy your tickets by clicking on this image of Mummers right now!

Tonight we don our tallow and hemp.
We dress the fool and dance the maelstrom.
Horse head cabbage head hare head ass head.
Rabbit head apple head mop head last head.
We are men of straw and string.
You walk your way to find answer or end.
We will not provide.
We will only shimmer half formed, crackling in the torchlight.
We stretch, we move in and out of dream.
The star on the floor, the antlers behind the branches.
We are the Mummers and the Pappers.

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Buy your tickets by clicking on this image of Mummers right now!

The Mummers and the Pappers will be performing a new play written by Chris Lambert at Kelvedon Hatch Nuclear Bunker on Friday 28th July as part of The Delaware Road...

You can get your tickets here

The Delaware Road image

The Delaware Road includes performances by:
DOLLY DOLLY, HOWLROUND, TELEPLASMISTE, RADIONICS RADIO, IAN HELLIWELL, GLITCH, SAUNDERS & HILL, CONCRETISM, SIMON JAMES, THE TWELVE HOUR FOUNDATION , LOOSE CAPACITOR, DJ FOOD


Saturday, 14 January 2017

Wyrd Kalendar: Welcome to the Wyrd Kalendar - January

Wyrd Kalendar: Welcome to the Wyrd Kalendar - January: Join us as we explore the Wyrd Kalendar... Preparing the way for the forthcoming publication Wyrd Kalendar (written by Chris Lambert and ...

Monday, 7 November 2016

Christmas on the Black Meadow - On Sale Now


 Click on the picture to buy!


A perfect Christmas gift for the Black Meadow traveler in your life (or you could buy it for yourself!)

 Do you see shadows in the mist? Are you stalked by meadow hags? Do you long to play with black stars? Do you crave a darker yule?

Then this book could be for you!


It is Christmas on the North York Moors.

The snow sits upon the heather and bramble. The fences around  
RAF Fylingdales are silent and still. A dense mist grows in the 
distance. If you listen closely you can hear strange Yuletide chants,
the hum of a land sphere and the cackle of a meadow hag.

This collection of Christmas tales from the Black Meadow 
contains three new Yuletide stories. Experience a beautiful 
inversion of The Nativity in A Black Meadow Christmas, warm
 your toes in a tale of matriarchal terror in The Meadow Tree and 
marvel at the delightful wonders of The Black Star. You will also find
 details of ideal gifts you could give and games that you can play 
when visiting the Black Meadow.

With beautiful illustrations by Andy Paciorek and Nigel Wilson, this is a festive treat that will bring joy and fear in equal measure to your Christmas celebrations.

All profits from the sale of this book 
go to Worldwide Cancer Research.


Please note...
You can buy Christmas on the Black Meadow around the world. Most of the Amazon outlets are now selling it...
So whether you are in the US, the UK, Germany, Canada, France, Spain, or Italy you can buy this lovely little Yuletide terror.