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"The Paradise Pageant" and "The Nativity Pageant"

"The Paradise Pageant of the Grocers of Norwich" 

The Creation And Fall Of Man by The Grocers of Norwich

This play is a medieval interpretation of the story of the creation, as related in Genesis. God the Father creates Adam and makes him the caretaker of the Garden of Eden. God then causes him to fall into a deep sleep, takes a rip from his side, and creates a woman to be his companion. The serpent comes and tempts the woman to eat an apple from the tree of knowledge. She succumbs and offers the apple to Adam. He eats of it, but realises that they have sinned. God commands his angel to cast them both out of Paradise. They then come under the power of Dolor and Misery, but the Holy Ghost appears and offers them salvation.

"The Nativity Pageant of the Shearmen & Taylors of Coventry"

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Director: Norman Koeth

23/24/25 April 1987

"The Paradise Pageant" at the first Festival of English-speaking theatre in Switzerland, at the Theater am Käfigturm in Bern

19 December 1987

"The Paradise Pageant" and "The Nativity Pageant"

in the Bischofshof at the Rittergasse 1, Basel, as a Charity production

3 December 1988

"The Paradise Pageant" and "The Nativity Pageant"

in St. Theodor Gemeindehaus, Claragraben 43, Basel, as a Charity production

Cast at the Festival of English-speaking theatre in Switzerland in Bern:

Angel                             Doreen Richter

God the Father            Henning Schramm

Holy Ghost                          Diana Zuger

Adam                                  Paul Schmid

Eve                             Catharine Schmid

Prolocutor                            Joan Custer

Dolor                                Barbara Clark

Misery                      Margaret Robertson

Serpent                            Norman Koeth

on the Piano                    Ruth Schneider


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