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Final preparations are taking place for a weekend of free entertainment in Lichfield city centre over the Bank Holiday weekend. Lichfield Mysteries Community Arts (LMCA) has gathered groups of players from all over the region to perform the 2016 Mystery Plays. Additional events will be taking place around the city. Market Square and Wade Street Church are the settings for the 24 short plays performed on Sunday and Monday (May 1 and 2). Hundreds of people will be taking part in the event, produced specifically for all the family to enjoy. Groups from Lichfield include Christ Church Community Players, the Cathedral School, Lichfield Arts, Friends2Friends, Wade Street Church and the Morton Mummers. They will be joined by others from Tamworth, Cannock, Hednesford, Wirksworth in Derbyshire, London and the New Vic Borderlines group from Newcastle-under-Lyme. Additional events staged by LMCA at the Lichfield Garrick include a photography exhibition by Rugeley Phoenix Photography Group, poetry from The Lichfield Poets and Poetry for the People, performances from Shepherd’s Crook Puppet Theatre and a lunchtime sing-along led by the Lichfield Lighthouse Company. Acclaimed Storyteller Maria Whatton brings the Medieval world to life through dark and ancient stories for the over 12s at St Mary’s Church and The George IV pub in Bore Street. Sylvia Royal’s Art Groups’ Mysteries-inspired exhibition will run at Lichfield Cathedral from April 30 to May 4. A special and unique event for Lichfield Mysteries will be a filmed presentation of Exodus by Epic Arts and Za’atari Refugee Camp, Jordan. The idea of having this film screened to an audience in England is really exciting for the young Syrians, a chance for their voices and stories to be heard and their humanity and dignity to be defended in some way. LMCA Chairman Rick Hill OBE said: “We are very excited about this year’s Mysteries and hope that the people attending will enjoy the presentations as much as we have enjoyed preparing them. “Everyone has worked extremely hard to prepare the event for the Bank Holiday weekend and we hope that families will come along and enjoy the various performances.” For more information visit


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