A Lichfield Mysteries performance

Plans are currently being finalised for a free weekend of entertainment in Lichfield over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend.

More than 600 people will be involved in Lichfield Mysteries Plays on Market Square and in Wade Street Church.

Additional events will also be taking place around the city.

The 24 plays will be performed by community groups from around the region and further afield.

Mysteries chairman, Rick Hill OBE, said: “We are fortunate to have so many talented people of all ages and abilities taking part.

“Directors, back-stage crews and actors are pulling out all the stops to make this a spectacular Mysteries to be enjoyed by all the family free of charge.

A Lichfield Mysteries performance

“Our production director, Jill Taylor, and the management committee have been working towards what they hope will be a memorable Mysteries.”

Other events alongside the plays include a photography and art exhibition, poetry performances, storytelling, a puppet theatre and a lunch-time sing-along session.

“We are extremely grateful to the trusts, organisations and companies, as well as individuals, who are sponsoring the event financially and supporting us in other ways,” said Mr Hill. “Without their support it would not be possible to present such a spectacular event.”

Joining the more local organisations presenting the plays this year are a group from Wirksworth in Derbyshire, one from London, whose director and actors originally came from Lichfield, and the award-winning New Vic Theatre’s Borderlines.

The event is on May 1 and 2. An army of volunteers is needed to help over the weekend in various capacities. People who would like to join in should email sue.hudson60@yahoo.com.