Coventry Mysteries 2010

Forget Me Not, Forgive Me Now

Celebrating the historic Coventry Mystery Plays, primary school pupils created a new dance performance for the Bubble Chamber based on the theme of forgiveness.

Working at the Bubble Chamber our empty shop inspired the question: Can you buy forgiveness? Our ideas for Forget Me Not Forgive Me Now arose from this starting point. In a materially obsessed culture we asked pupils to think if you can or if you should be able to buy forgiveness? What you might use to buy it or what might be take from you if you tried to? Some pupils took the characters of shoppers, traders, and grappled with ghosts and the dark zones of conscience in various places of the shop.

Young people from local primary schools have been involved in intensive, creative activity, expressing ideas, thoughts and opinions through dance and image manipulation technology. Performances have been supplemented by a continuous gallery-style exhibition and interactive digital art will be on display at The Bubble Chamber throughout the week.

The Mysteries is a unique festival in Coventry. This participatory arts festival takes a theme each year exploring moral and social issues. A festival to reinvent the traditions of the Coventry Mystery’s Cycle making them relevant for the modern age, and express the desire for the regeneration and reimagining of urban spaces in the city.

This project was supported by Warwick Arts Centre Education Department and The Higgs Charity.

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