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England

North Yorkshire

Penny Plain Theatre Company (Hardcastle's Mighty Excelsior Theatre Company) [Website]

Category:

Other Performing Group

Home Town:

Grassington

Description:

Performing in the guise of Victorian travelling players, Penny Plain present a comic pastoral selection of songs, dances and a traditional mummers' play. The 45 minute show showcases talents from a breath-taking rapper sword dance to a maypole shambles performed with changing seasonal material in the summer and at Christmas.

Established:

2006

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2012 (4), 2016 (2)

Media Links:

[None registered]

Contact:

Jane Ellison-Bates (jane@manifestmarketing.co.uk), Phone: 01756 720034 or 07808 169416
Address: Rose Cottage, Appletreewick, North Yorks,

Notes:

The content of the show varies with each season, but always features a mummers' play.

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Redcar Sword Dancers [Website]

Category:

Sword Dance Group

Home Town:

Great Ayton, Grid Ref.: NZ5610, Lat.& Long.: 54.4893, -1.1315

Description:

Redcar Sword Dancers perform traditional English longsword dances from the north east of England. Although chiefly known for our revival of the Greatham dance and the associated mummers play, we perform Eston and California and other dances from the north east corner of Yorkshire.

Established:

1967

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2002 (1), 2004 (1), 2005 (1), 2006 (1), 2008 (1), 2009 (1), 2010 (1), 2011 (1), 2012 (1), 2013 (1), 2014 (1), 2015 (1), 2016 (1), 2017 (1), 2018 (1)

Media Links:

1 link to Photo(s)

Contact:

Brian Pearce (brian.pearce11@btinternet.com), Phone: 01642 725129 (Home) or 07910 479922 (Mob.)
Address: 140 Newton Road Great Ayton TS9 6DL

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Ripon Sword Dancers [Website]

Category:

Folk Play-only Group

Home Town:

Ripon, Grid Ref.: SE3171, Lat.& Long.: 54.1382, -1.5178

Description:

[None provided]

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2001 (1), 2002 (1), 2003 (1), 2004 (1), 2009 (1)

Media Links:

[None registered]

Contact:

Paul Freeman, Phone: 01765 603133
Address: 40 Mallorie Park Drive, Ripon HG4 2QF

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Wakeman Mummers [Website]

Category:

Folk Play-only Group

Home Town:

Ripon, Grid Ref.: SE3171, Lat.& Long.: 54.1382, -1.5178

Description:

The performers were a loosely-organised group that was 'formalised' in 1986, when Ripon celebrated 1,100 years of its Royal Charter as a City and so a specially-written play was performed during St Wilfrid's Week (1st week of August) on the market square, chronicling the granting of Ripon's Charter. This play has been performed in that week ever since.

Established:

1986

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2001 (2), 2002 (2), 2003 (1), 2004 (2), 2005 (1), 2009 (1), 2010 (1), 2013 (1), 2014 (1)

Media Links:

[None registered]

Contact:

Jim Coulson (jim@woodexperts.com), Phone: +44 (0)1765 601010

Notes:

As well as the Skelton-on-Ure play (revived and performed since 1980), we also perform the Topcliffe Play, which Jim Coulson collected in 1989; this is now performed between Xmas and New Year in the village of that name, 5 miles from Ripon.

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Northamptonshire

Eydon Mummers [Website]

Category:

Folk Play-acting Sub-Group

Home Town:

Eydon, Grid Ref.: SP5450, Lat.& Long.: 52.1497, -1.2034

Description:

Eydon Mummers are a village based men's group who perform Eydon’s traditional Mumming Play each year, usually on Boxing Day at the Royal Oak. Rotating cast and membership ensure a fresh interpretation of the same play script year on year, which has been much acclaimed.

Established:

1991

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2001 (1), 2003 (1), 2004 (1), 2005 (1), 2006 (1), 2008 (1), 2009 (1), 2010 (2), 2012 (1), 2013 (1), 2014 (1), 2016 (1), 2017 (1)

Media Links:

[None registered]

Contact:

Kevin Lodge (kevin.lodge@eydon.org.uk), Phone: +44 1327 261535

Part of:

Royal Oak Morris

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Moulton Mummers

Category:

Folk Play-acting Sub-Group

Home Town:

Moulton, Grid Ref.: SP7866, Lat.& Long.: 52.2906, -0.8489

Description:

The local play was performed by villagers up to the time of World War I. When revived in 1972 the text used was confirmed as close to the original by villagers who knew it. Particular phrases and amendments remembered were included in subsequent performances.

Established:

1972

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2002 (1), 2003 (1), 2004 (1), 2005 (1), 2006 (1), 2008 (1), 2009 (1), 2010 (4), 2011 (1), 2012 (1)

Media Links:

2 links to Photo(s), 1 link to Video

Contact:

Barry Care (barrycare@tiscali.co.uk), Phone: 01604 646818
Address: 8 Chater Street, Moulton, Northampton, NN3 7UD

Part of:

Moulton Morris Men

Notes:

Characters: Presenter (man/woman), Little Jerry Doubt, Bold Slasher, St. George, Doctor, plus the following: Be-elzebub, Clown, and Johnny Jack.

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Northumberland

Byker Mummers [Website]

Category:

Folk Play-only Group

Home Town:

Byker, Grid Ref.: NZ2764, Lat.& Long.: 54.9743, -1.5703

Description:

[None provided]

Established:

2002

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2004 (1), 2005 (2), 2006 (1)

Media Links:

2 links to Video

Contact:

Matthew Cowan (slimegreene@hotmail.com), Phone: 01912 964622

Notes:

The website includes a blog with links to Youtube videos of performances.

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Monkseaton Morrismen [Website]

Category:

Dancers who perform Plays

Home Town:

Monkseaton, Grid Ref.: NZ3472, Lat.& Long.: 55.0457, -1.4600

Description:

[None provided]

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2003 (3), 2004 (1), 2005 (1), 2006 (1)

Media Links:

1 link to Photo(s)

Contact:

Andrew Morris (morris.a@blueyonder.co.uk), Phone: 01912 912668

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Nottinghamshire

Black Pig Border Morris [Website]

Category:

Dancers who perform Plays

Home Town:

Awsworth, Grid Ref.: SK4844, Lat.& Long.: 52.9956, -1.2788

Description:

[None provided]

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2004 (1)

Media Links:

[None registered]

Contact:

Phill and Steve, Bagman (blackpigborder@gmail.com), Phone: 07580 098173
Address: Gate Inn, Awsworth, Nottingham, NG16 2RN

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Calverton Real Ale and Plough Play Preservation Society [Website]

Category:

Folk Play-only Group

Home Town:

Calverton, Grid Ref.: SK6149, Lat.& Long.: 53.0389, -1.0827

Description:

We're a dissolute pack of rogues from the same village and somewhat startled that, given a few cast changes over the years, we're still going . . .

Established:

1977

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2001 (3), 2002 (3), 2003 (3), 2004 (3), 2005 (2), 2006 (3), 2008 (3), 2009 (3), 2010 (3), 2011 (3), 2012 (3), 2013 (3), 2014 (3), 2015 (3), 2016 (5), 2017 (3), 2018 (3), 2019 (3)

Media Links:

14 links to Photo(s)

Contact:

John Crawford (bandandcaller@yahoo.co.uk), Phone: 0115 9655382

Notes:

Independent

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Clayworth Plough Players

Category:

Folk Play-only Group

Home Town:

Clayworth, Grid Ref.: SK7288, Lat.& Long.: 53.3881, -0.9098

Description:

[None provided]

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2006 (1), 2010 (2), 2011 (2), 2012 (2), 2013 (2), 2014 (2), 2015 (2), 2016 (2), 2017 (2), 2018 (2), 2019 (2), 2020 (2)

Media Links:

[None registered]

Contact:

Nick Pal (nickandpippa@aol.com), Phone: 01777 817241 or +447956104420

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Company of Owd Oss

Category:

Folk Play-only Group

Home Town:

Kimberley, Grid Ref.: SK4944, Lat.& Long.: 52.9952, -1.2624

Description:

We are a small group of actors/musicians who perform the traditional Poor 'Owd 'Oss play at Christmas time. After each performance a collection is made. All proceeds are then donated to charity.

Established:

2005

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2005 (2), 2008 (1), 2009 (1), 2010 (1), 2012 (1), 2014 (1), 2015 (1), 2016 (1)

Media Links:

1 link to Photo(s), 1 link to Web page

Contacts:

Mr Dave Mooney (thecompanyofowdoss@gmail.com), Phone: 07961077630 (Mob.)

 

Mr Kevin J Wragg (thecompanyofowdoss@gmail.com), Phone: 07592724399 (Mob.)

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Dolphin Morris Men [Website]

Category:

Dancers who perform Plays

Home Town:

Kingston on Soar, Grid Ref.: SK5027

Description:

Generally perform a plough play in January.

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2017 (1)

Media Links:

[None registered]

Contact:

Martin (bagman@dolphin-morris.co.uk), Phone: 07599 969731

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Foresters Morris & Sword Dance Club [Website]

Category:

Dancers who perform Plays

Home Town:

Nottingham, Grid Ref.: SK5739, Lat.& Long.: 52.9495, -1.1441

Description:

[None provided]

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2002 (2), 2003 (2), 2004 (1), 2006 (2), 2009 (2), 2010 (3), 2011 (1), 2012 (1), 2013 (1), 2014 (5), 2015 (2), 2016 (2), 2017 (2), 2019 (1)

Media Links:

3 links to Photo(s)

Contact:

Bagman, Foresters Morris (bagman@foresters-morris.org.uk), Phone: +44 1949 842215

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Lady Bay Revellers [Website]

Category:

Dancers who perform Plays

Home Town:

West Bridgford, Grid Ref.: SK5837, Lat.& Long.: 52.9314, -1.1296

Description:

[None provided]

Established:

1992

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2002 (1), 2003 (1)

Media Links:

[None registered]

Contact:

Yvonne Walters (yvonne.walters@mail.com), Phone: 0115 9140904

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Muskham Pinkies

Category:

Folk Play-only Group

Home Town:

North Muskham, Grid Ref.: SK7958, Lat.& Long.: 53.1175, -0.8120

Description:

[None provided]

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2004 (3), 2005 (1), 2006 (1), 2009 (2), 2010 (1), 2011 (1), 2012 (1), 2014 (1), 2015 (1), 2016 (2), 2017 (1), 2018 (1), 2019 (1), 2020 (1)

Media Links:

4 links to Photo(s), 1 link to Video

Contact:

Ian Harrison (Ian.Harrison@newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk), Phone: 07971 486353
Address: St Helier, Trent Close North Muskham Newark, Notts, NG23 6HA

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Rattlejag Morris [Website]

Category:

Dancers who perform Plays

Home Town:

Retford, Grid Ref.: SK7080

Description:

Performing morris dances and folk plays local to Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire, most of which took place on Plough Monday. Also perform with the Muskham Pinkies.

Established:

2002

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2015 (1), 2016 (3), 2017 (1)

Media Links:

[None registered]

Contact:

enquiries@rattlejagmorris.org.uk

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Sullivan's Sword [Website]

Category:

Sword Dance Group

Home Town:

Nottingham, Grid Ref.: SK5739, Lat.& Long.: 52.9495, -1.1441

Description:

Perform the play from Farnsfield, Notts on Plough Sunday after a plough blessing service at Morton, Notts and on Plough Monday in Nottingham. Occasionally perform a Pasche Egging play which is a compilation from the texts of the plays from Ambleside, Dalton and 5 other towns.

Established:

1975

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2003 (1), 2004 (1), 2005 (3), 2006 (2), 2009 (1), 2012 (1), 2014 (1), 2015 (1), 2017 (1), 2019 (1), 2020 (7)

Media Links:

4 links to Photo(s)

Contact:

Alistair Bloomfield, Events organiser (SullivansSword@hotmail.co.uk), Phone: 07946 584298 (Mob.)
Address: 18 Endsleigh Gardens, Beeston, Nottingham NG9 2HJ

Notes:

An off-shoot of the now disbanded Owd 'Oss Mummers

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Tollerton Plough Boys

Category:

Folk Play-only Group

Home Town:

Tollerton, Grid Ref.: SK6134, Lat.& Long.: 52.9041, -1.0855

Description:

The Tollerton Plough Play is performed on Plough Monday in various private houses in Tollerton with a final performance at the Air Hostess pub. The play dates back many years but lapsed in 1952 until it was revived in 2002.

Established:

2002

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2002 (1), 2003 (1), 2004 (1), 2005 (2), 2006 (1), 2009 (1), 2010 (1), 2011 (1), 2014 (1), 2015 (1), 2016 (1)

Media Links:

6 links to Photo(s)

Contact:

Barry Roland (barryroland@hotmail.com), Phone: 07803 125353

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Oxfordshire

Abingdon Mummers [Website]

Category:

Folk Play-acting Sub-Group

Home Town:

Abingdon, Grid Ref.: SU4997, Lat.& Long.: 51.6736, -1.2841

Description:

[None provided]

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2003 (2), 2004 (4), 2013 (2)

Media Links:

1 link to Photo(s)

Contact:

Tony Legge (tonylegge@btinternet.com), Phone: 01235 520768

Part of:

Abingdon Traditional Morris Dancers

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