Churchyard conversations

During the 11 days of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham we welcomed Edward Burne-Jones, William Morris, architect J A Chatwin and Emma Villers-Wilkes. Audiences from across the world we able to witness a fictitious conversation between the characters, discussing the commission and content of the windows. Generous benefactor, Emma was famously insistent that no cattle should be depicted in the Nativity window!

The conversation was scripted by Ash Bayliss and based on the contents of letters that were shared between Morris, Chatwin and Villers-Wilkes in 1887. The community cast was made up of actors from across Birmingham and directed by Tracey Street. The wonderful costumes were supplied by The Royal Shakespeare Company.

Spectators enjoyed the banter between the four and were then invited into the cathedral to admire the windows in the full glory and to learn more about the National Lottery Heritage Funded project Divine Beauty, which will encourage more people to find out more about the windows as well as conserve them for future generations.

Watch one of the performances here!