A theatre group from Limburg is this week furthering its links with the city by appearing in the first Lichfield Mysteries Festival.

Members of the Limburg group in rehearsal for their production of Exodus into Egypt

The group from the Adolf-Reichwein-Schule Vocational College in Limburg, is presenting Exodus from Egypt at the Festival on Saturday (9th February).

Teacher at the Schule, Adrian Allan, who is accompanying the party, explained that the play script has been re-worked by 21 young German actors and actresses. The students will be performing the play in English.

Adrian said: “In recent years, our college has strengthened its links to our many partners in Lichfield.

“This success has been the reward for the great efforts of Lichfield City Council and especially Lichfield’s twinning officer Gabriele Lasch-Burden.”

Around a dozen students, teachers and practitioners from Limburg have taken up the opportunity to share best practice and gain work experience in cooperation with education and youth organisations in Staffordshire with the help of the Erasmus+ project. 

Adrian said: “All our young people have been warmly welcomed in the city.

“By accepting Lichfield Mysteries Community Arts’ invitation to return to the Lichfield Mysteries in 2019, the group is actively promoting the aims and goals of the Limburg-St.Foy-lès-Lyon-Oudenburg-Lichfield Twinning Partnership as well as international cultural exchange in general.”

For most of the German students this is their first trip to Lichfield and for many the first visit to the UK. 

Adrian said: “We are very grateful to be receiving financial sponsorship from the Twinning Association in Limburg, Adolf-Reichwein-Schule and the Lichfield Mysteries Community Arts as well as church organisations in Germany.

“We are immensely looking forward to the festival and wish to thank Lichfield Mysteries Community Arts, especially Sarah Dale, for her kindness in inviting us and making all arrangements to ensure this will be a trip to remember.”

The Festival will feature eight of the 27 Mystery Plays. Students from King Edward VI School, Lichfield Cathedral School, The Friary School, Nether Stowe School and South Staffordshire College will present their own interpretations of the scripts.

The Festival is on 9th February at 2pm at Lichfield Friary School theatre. Tickets are £3 from the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum.

For more information visit www.lichfieldmysteries.co.uk.