Case Study

York Mystery Plays
2012 player for
the space


Date: 2012


We were commissioned by Kinura to help design and build an experimental live streaming video player for the BBC/Arts Council project the space.

The player had to use live streaming HTML5 video with Flash fallback, multiple device support/layout and remain accessible. Quite the task in 2012 when HTML5 Video support was shaky at best.

We were briefed to:

  • Wireframes
  • Prototypes
  • Design
  • Testing
  • Build all the HTML5 and Javascript assets
  • Work closely with the streaming developers to perfect bespoke video players
  • Integrate with the space wordpress CMS
York mystery player
The final interactive live stream player that allows you to watch the performance from 6 different camera angles.

Wireframe concepts for adaptive layout

Desktop wireframes
tablet screen wireframe
Initial Greyscale design
York mystery plays ondemand player concept
Concepts for a drag-n-drop ‘create your own’ On demand version (never built due to budget restraints.)

What we did

  • Wireframes
  • Prototyping
  • JW Player development
  • Design
  • HTML, CSS, Javascript Front-end build
  • Responsive design
  • Project liaison with multiple parties (Kinura, Pilot Theatre, BBC Space development team).


The York Mystery Plays live stream was voted one of the top favourite projects on the space, thanks to viewers who took to Twitter and Facebook to vote for their favourite content on the digital arts service.

Other services

We work closely with Kinura on other projects providing HTML5, CSS3 and Javascript development for things such as:

  • Webinar live chat modules
  • HTML5 video sync slide shows
  • Live streaming video player customisation