Pace Egg is back for for Good Friday performances at Heptonstall, and around the valley

Heptonstall Players Pace Egg Play at Weavers Square, Heptonstall.
Heptonstall Players Pace Egg Play at Weavers Square, Heptonstall.

It’s time for your fix of the legend of St George as the annual Pace Egg play comes to Heptonstall.

St George, Bold Slasher and the infamous Toss Pot will joined by a cast of ready to bring the story to life in Weaver’s Square.

The Pace Egg is based on the oldest play in the world, The Mummers Play.

The play tells the story of St George’s triumphs over The Bold Slasher, The Black Prince of Paradine and Hector.

As ever, hundreds of people are expected to pack out the village square to see the two different versions of the play performed.

The first, performed by the Heptonstall Players’, will star Stuart Hought as St George, Jimmy Green as the Bold Slasher and Andy Carter as the Black Prince.

Dean Gash reprises his role as Toss Pot with one lucky lady in the audience receiving a kiss which, according to tradition, will guarantee they’ll be pregnant within a year.

Neil Hope-Collins will compere the play - and dazzle with ihs juggling skills - while David Burnop (who revived the play in 1979) will play The Doctor, Sydney Roper plays the King of Egypt with Rowan Carter as Hector.

It is a great family event for all ages set in the historic and beuatiful surroundings of Heptonstall.

The Players’ will perform their version of the play at 11.15am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 4pm on Good Friday, April 18, and this year will raise funds for Macmillan nurses and Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team.

Calder High School students will also be performin the Midlgey Pace Egg Play next Friday, at the following venues at these times:

8.45am - Banksfield, 9.30am - Todmorden Market, 10.30am - St Michael’s Church, Mytholmroyd, 11am - Holme Street, Hebden Bridge, 11.30am - The Square, Hebden, 12.15pm - The Robin Hood, Pecket Well, 1.15pm - The Marina, Hebden, 2pm - Luddenden, 2.30pm - Midgley, 3pm - Heptonstall