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Waggon Plays 2002

“The Incredulity of Thomas”

The Scriveners’ Play

The apostles shelter in their rooms, fearful to go out into a hostile city. As they try to come to terms with the events they have witnessed, Jesus appears amongst them to their joy and consternation.

Thomas, coming late to the scene, needs more proof than the words of his friends however. This proof is forthcoming as the resurrected Christ once more stands amongst his disciples, inviting Thomas to touch his wounds for himself, reminding him at the same time that many will hear and believe through faith alone.

1376 - the existence of pageant waggons is first recorded in York

1568 - the plays were banned

The solitary surviving manuscript of the York plays, dating from around 1463-77, is kept at the British Library.