A Pageant of Moravian Missions
Information drawn from 'Survey of Historical Pageants' by Mick Wallis; with thanks to Sue Falkiner of Leeds Central Library.
Place: Fulneck School (Pudsey) (Pudsey, Yorkshire, West Riding, England)
Number of performances: 2
23 and 30 July 1932
Name of pageant master and other named staff
- Pageant Master: Bairstow, W.
Names of executive committee or equivalent
Names of script-writer(s) and other credited author(s)
Names of composers
Numbers of performers
Object of any funds raised
- Pre-War Missionaries' Pension Fund [of the Moravian Church].
Prices of admission and seats: highest–lowest
Key historical figures mentioned
Newspaper coverage of pageant
Book of words
Other primary published materials
References in secondary literature
Archival holdings connected to pageant
- Leeds Central Library holds a copy of the pageant script.
Sources used in preparation of pageant
Historical pageants were popular with religious groups across the twentieth century. This is an example of one such pageant. Staged by the Fulneck Girls' School of the Moravian settlement in Pudsey, West Yorkshire, the pageant dramatised the missionary activity conducted by the eponymous church, one of the oldest Protestant denominations. The focus was on the fairly distant past, since the action concluded in the mid-eighteenth century with an episode entitled 'Among Eskimos in Labrador about 1755'. Both performances of the pageant were held outdoors, in the grounds of the school, with proceeds going to the church's pension fund for retired missionaries.
How to cite this entry
Angela Bartie, Linda Fleming, Mark Freeman, Tom Hulme, Alex Hutton, Paul Readman, ‘A Pageant of Moravian Missions’, The Redress of the Past, http://www.historicalpageants.ac.uk/pageants/1587/