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Folk Play Distribution Map: Millington's Textual Classes (2002)
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Key Play Class
aqua Irish Plays
gray Southern English Plays
red Cotswold Plays
fuchsia Robin Hood Plays
blue Recruiting Sergeant Plays
purple Multiple Wooing Plays
Key Play Class
yellow Northern English Plays
maroon Alexander Chapbook Plays
lime Sword Dance Plays
teal Galoshins A Plays
olive Galoshins B Plays
green Galoshins C Plays

This map is an improved version of one that appeared in my PhD thesis (Millington, 2002, p.234, Maps 3 & 4), and in my paper on textual analysis (Millington, 2003, p.103-104, Map 4). In this version, generated from the Historical Database of Folk Play Scripts, the markers coloured, whereas the original map was in monochrome. The scripts database has also grown slightly since 2002 (Millington, 1994-2006).

The breakdown of script types was prepared with the aid of computerised tools that group together texts containing similar collections of lines. The following hierarchy of the classes has been copied from the scripts database, and the class titles are linked to the relevant descriptions in the database's Introduction.

QUACK DOCTOR PLAYS
: Hero/Combat Plays
: : Northern English Plays
: : : Alexander Chapbook Plays
: : North British Plays
: : : Sword Dance Plays
: : : Galoshins A Plays
: : : Galoshins B Plays
: : : Galoshins C Plays
: : Cotswold Plays
: : : Robin Hood Plays
: : Irish Plays
: : Southern English Plays
: : Compiled Hybrid Plays
: : Composed Plays
: Plough Plays
: : Multiple Wooing Plays
: : Recruiting Sergeant Plays
NON-QUACK DOCTOR PLAYS
: Old Horse Plays
: Derby Tup Plays
LITERARY PARALLELS

This map only shows plays under the main heading of "Quack Doctor Plays". It also excludes the few "Compiled Hybrid" and "Composed" plays because they are known not to have arisen through traditional transmission processes.

Peter Millington

References

Peter Millington (1994-2006) Historical Database of Folk Play Scripts
Internet URL: http://www.folkplay.info/Texts.htm, 1999-2006, accessed 27th Jun.2009

Peter Millington (2002) The Origins and Development of English Folk Plays
PhD Thesis, University of Sheffield, May 2002     [Full Text PDF - 2.7MB]

Peter Millington (2003) Textual Analysis of English Quack Doctor Plays: Some New Discoveries
in: Folk Drama Studies Today: The International Traditional Drama Conference 2002, ed. by E.Cass & P.Millington
Sheffield, Traditional Drama Research Group, 2003, ISBN 0-9508152-3-3, pp.97-132     [PDF Download - 841kB]

This map was generated using the Master Mummers Outline Distribution Mapper.
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© 2002, Mike Preston. (Webmaster: peter.millington@mastermummers.org). Last updated: 15-Jul-2009