The whale

The festival continued in the city centre. I aimed to take a trip into the belly of the whale to see the theatrical performance of the lovesick submariner.


I entered the belly of the whale, the mouth of the whale shut and the red curtains were drawn. In there sat a mariner with a rather lost expression and an accordion. He said to me he is trying to send a message to his long lost love. He has a limited amount of words that he could write however he has to get all the words in for his note to make sense. We sat for about two minutes trying to figure out how best to compose this letter.

In the end we came up with a solution. Before the exited the belly of the whale the mariner handed me a folded paper with a note to give to his lost love if I find her. I’m not entirely sure where to start looking but I took the note all the same. He sang and played the accordion quite well but as to whether I was serenaded by this love sick mariner. I would leave that to the judgment of whoever went into the belly of the whale when I exited.



The Coventry Mysteries Festival is back in town promising an even bigger and better line up of activities. There are over 100 events but this year’s Mysteries Trilogy performance promises to attract a huge audience to the Cathedral on 18th June.

Playbox Theatre, a company of young actors based in Warwickshire, will bring to audiences their innovative production of the stories of Creation, Passion and Doomsday. This company enjoys an internationally reputation, known for their engaging, incredible and highly creative performances.

The Mystery Plays are significant because they play an important part inCoventry’s heritage. Nana-Ama Akpoblu, Press Officer for Coventry Mysteries Week, says, “The play and the Cathedral share something in common because the play is acted out in fragments and the Cathedral also has parts of it missing. However, both are united in their sharing of human hopes and fears.”  

The last performance of the Mysteries at the Cathedral was six years ago. Three years ago, the Belgrade Theatre staged the plays from the point of view of other cultures, focusing on the shared heritage of Christianity, Islam and Judaism. Staging the play from the point of view of different cultures allowed audience to hear of the many Bible stories also found in the Quran.

The Mysteries Trilogy will be performed at 7.30pm on Monday 18th June. Tickets are just £5 and are available on the door or in advance by calling 024 7652 1210.

Members of the public are also encouraged to attend a pre-performance event at 6.30pm on the same day. Playbox theatre director Stewart McGill will explain how the production was put together and there will be an opportunity to ask him questions.

For more information about the festival, visit the website or pick up a brochure from cafes, museums and Tourist Information.

About the Festival:

COVENTRY MYSTERIES WEEK (9th-16th June) is the city’s annual festival of dance, drama, music, film, digital media and visual art. The city’s many varied public spaces, including pedestrian streets, shopping centres, and parks, are attracting artists from across the UK to create new work and, encourage audiences to relate to buildings and people in new ways.

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