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The York Mystery Plays is a series of forty-eight plays which were performed in York from the 14th to the 16th century. The plays were performed on wagons that stopped at twelve stations (street spaces), which were located in different parts of the city. The York Mystery Plays have been the subject of extensive research and questions regarding their staging have never failed to intrigue scholars. The stage directions are sparse and the documentation regarding staging is almost non-existent, making it necessary for the theories developed to draw information from different fields to attempt to arrive at a better understanding of the plays and their staging.
Mariana Lopez has a background in music and sound design, having been awarded a BA degree in Arts with specialisation in Music (University of Buenos Aires) and an MA degree in Postproduction with specialisation in Sound Design (University of York). She is currently completing her doctoral studies at the University of York. She is also a tutor at the Department of Theatre, Film and Television and the Centre for Lifelong Learning (University of York).