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England

Oxfordshire

Ducklington Traditional Mummers

Category:

Folk Play-only Group

Home Town:

Ducklington, Grid Ref.: SP3507, Lat.& Long.: 51.7646, -1.4855

Description:

Performers of the Ducklington play recorded by Jesse Fisher in 1884. The cast are all village residents and locals.

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered

Media Links:

[None registered]

Contact:

Roger Barnes (roger@ducklington.com), Phone: 01993 706198

Notes:

Not to be confused with Ducklington Mummers, which is a separate group that is part of Ducklington Morris.

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Finstock Mummers

Category:

Folk Play-only Group

Home Town:

Finstock, Grid Ref.: SP3616, Lat.& Long.: 51.8455, -1.4701

Description:

Performing King George & the Turkish Knight in and around the village on the Sunday before Christmas. Always ending up at the Plough Inn, Finstock.

Established:

1985

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2003 (1), 2004 (1), 2005 (1), 2006 (1), 2008 (1), 2010 (1), 2011 (1), 2012 (2), 2013 (1), 2014 (1), 2015 (1), 2016 (1), 2017 (1), 2018 (1)

Media Links:

[None registered]

Contact:

Tony Cooper (mini.cooper7@btinternet.com)

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Headington Mummers

Category:

Folk Play-only Group

Home Town:

Headington, Grid Ref.: SP5407, Lat.& Long.: 51.7631, -1.2102

Description:

[None provided]

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2004 (1), 2013 (1)

Media Links:

[None registered]

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King Stone Mummers [Website]

Category:

Folk Play-acting Sub-Group

Home Town:

Chipping Norton, Grid Ref.: SP3127, Lat.& Long.: 51.9447, -1.5417

Description:

King Stone was formed just prior to Yule-tide 2004 performing its own Mummers play in and around Chipping Norton. Early the following year the group adopted rapper, composed a Pace Egg Play and now also performs a 17th century Ale-tasters' re-enactment.

Established:

2004

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2010 (2), 2012 (1), 2013 (1)

Media Links:

1 link to Video

Contact:

Garry Gibbons (garry.gibbons@3sco.co.uk), Phone: 01608 642221 (Home)

Part of:

King Stone Rapper

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Kingham Mummers

Category:

Folk Play-only Group

Home Town:

Kingham, Grid Ref.: SP2523, Lat.& Long.: 51.9090, -1.6293

Description:

[None provided]

Established:

2006

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2014 (1)

Media Links:

[None registered]

Contact:

Delly Blane, Organiser (dellyblane@tiscali.co.uk)

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Oxford City Morris Men [Website]

Category:

Dancers who perform Plays

Home Town:

Oxford, Grid Ref.: SP5106, Lat.& Long.: 51.7544, -1.2538

Description:

We are a Morris side which practices and performs dances from the Cotswold tradition

Established:

1938

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2004 (1), 2005 (1), 2013 (2)

Media Links:

[None registered]

Contact:

Bagman (bagman@ocmm.org.uk)

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The Melstock Band [Website]

Category:

Folk Play-only Group

Home Town:

Oxford, Grid Ref.: SP5106, Lat.& Long.: 51.7544, -1.2538

Description:

[None provided]

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2002 (11)

Media Links:

[None registered]

Contact:

Dave Townsend, Phone: 01753 859421

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Towersey Morris [Website]

Category:

Dancers who perform Plays

Home Town:

Towersey, Grid Ref.: SP7305, Lat.& Long.: 51.7429, -0.9353

Description:

Towersey Morris perform around the South Bucks & South Oxon area in the weeks before Christmas. The play, although traditionally based, always incorporates recent notable news. The final performance is always around noon on Boxing Day in the Three Horseshoes, Towersey, Oxon.

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2001 (3), 2002 (4), 2010 (5), 2011 (1), 2013 (6), 2014 (1)

Media Links:

1 link to Video

Contacts:

Paul Dolman (pandtdolman@tiscali.co.uk)

 

Andy Hardy, Squire (hardy48@btinternet.com), Phone: 01844 291173
Address: 48 Churchway, Haddenham, HP17 8HA

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Wantage Mummers [Website]

Category:

Folk Play-acting Sub-Group

Home Town:

Wantage, Grid Ref.: SU4087, Lat.& Long.: 51.5844, -1.4154

Description:

The Wantage Mummers Play is based on an old tradition from the nearby village of Steventon that was resurrected by Max Williams, an Old Boy of The Side. We perform our play on December 26th. The Icknield Way Morris Men sponsor the Wantage Mummers.

Established:

1970

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2002 (1), 2003 (1), 2004 (1), 2005 (1), 2006 (1), 2008 (1), 2009 (1), 2010 (2), 2011 (1), 2012 (1), 2013 (1), 2014 (1), 2015 (1), 2016 (1), 2018 (1), 2019 (1)

Media Links:

[None registered]

Contact:

Steve Dagnall (enquiries@wantagemummers.org.uk), Phone: 07762 372106

Part of:

Icknield Way Morris Men

Notes:

Exact date unknown. Script based on text held by Max Williams grandfather.

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Rutland

Rutland Mummers

Category:

Folk Play-acting Sub-Group

Home Town:

Uppingham, Grid Ref.: SP8699, Lat.& Long.: 52.5861, -0.7231

Description:

We are a humble group of Morris Dancers who perform a Mummers Play in the winter season. Home written incorporating traditional themes, sex,,blood and gore. Original inspiration was a WI tea towel.Seems to please crowds!

Established:

1980

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2001 (1), 2002 (1), 2003 (1), 2004 (1), 2012 (1)

Media Links:

[None registered]

Contact:

Dave Casewell (philiphield@hotmail.com), Phone: 01572 821566
Address: 30 North Street West, Uppingham, Rutland, LE15 9SG

Part of:

Rutland Morris Men

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Shropshire

Bridgnorth Mummers

Category:

Other Performing Group

Home Town:

Bridgnorth, Grid Ref.: SO7192, Lat.& Long.: 52.5296, -2.4215

Description:

A small group of interested idiots who perform specially written plays based on traditional themes.

Established:

2012

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2013 (1)

Media Links:

[None registered]

Contact:

Bob Hayes (bob@bobhayes.co.uk), Phone: 441746768468 or 07905 757381
Address: 3 West Castle Street, Bridgnorth. WV16 4AB

Notes:

Based at The White Lion in Bridgnorth

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Sunshine Arts [Website]

Category:

Other Performing Group

Home Town:

Dawley, Grid Ref.: SJ6807, Lat.& Long.: 52.6640, -2.4658

Description:

Professional entertainers/educators who produce Mummers Plays, costumes and props - working with children/adults in schools,at folk festivals, community events and celebrations. Famed for their Mum and Tuk productions. - English Mummers Plays meet Tuk Band, Play Characters and Landship Dance from Barbados

Established:

1976

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered

Media Links:

1 link to Web page

Contact:

Dave Hunt, Director (daverhunt@aol.com), Phone: 01952-505073 (Home) or 07957 856 023 (Mob.)
Address: 74A King Street, Dawley, Telford, Shropshire, United Kingdom TF4 2AQ

Notes:

Available full-time for work all over the country

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Somerset

Bathampton Morris Men [Website]

Category:

Dancers who perform Plays

Home Town:

Bathampton, Grid Ref.: ST7766, Lat.& Long.: 51.3966, -2.3234

Description:

Bathampton Morris Men perform an adaptation of the Sutton at Hone mumming play in pubs, clubs and restaurants in Bradford on Avon on the Thursday before Christmas.

Established:

1934

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2002 (1), 2003 (1), 2004 (1), 2005 (1), 2008 (1), 2009 (1), 2010 (1), 2012 (2), 2014 (1), 2015 (1), 2016 (2), 2017 (2), 2018 (2)

Media Links:

[None registered]

Contact:

Idris Roker, Bagman (bagman@bathampton-morris-men.org.uk), Phone: 01225-867031

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Bishopswood Mummers [Website]

Category:

Folk Play-only Group

Home Town:

Bishopswood, Grid Ref.: ST2512, Lat.& Long.: 50.9066, -3.0597

Description:

A Character Costumed group that is mixed gender with the play including dance and song items. Perform a play that is a reconstruction from the collection of several plays previously recorded in Somerset.

Established:

1979

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2002 (2), 2003 (3), 2004 (3), 2005 (1), 2006 (3), 2008 (1), 2009 (1)

Media Links:

1 link to Photo(s)

Contact:

Roger Conway (roger@rogerconway.co.uk), Phone: 01823 270854

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Keynsham Mummers [Website]

Category:

Folk Play-acting Sub-Group

Home Town:

Keynsham, Grid Ref.: ST6568, Lat.& Long.: 51.4140, -2.4961

Description:

The play, was watched in 1822 by a certain Joseph Hunter. Mr Hunter writes that unlike the actors in the north of England,

Established:

1977

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2001 (1), 2002 (1), 2003 (1), 2004 (1), 2005 (1), 2009 (1), 2016 (1)

Media Links:

2 links to Photo(s)

Contact:

Antony Gay (keynsham_mummers@bristolmorrismen.co.uk), Phone: 01454 324247

Part of:

Bristol Morris Men

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Langport Mummers

Category:

Folk Play-only Group

Home Town:

Langport, Grid Ref.: ST4226, Lat.& Long.: 51.0344, -2.8201

Description:

Traditional St. George play, theatrical, with contemporary twists. Good costumes and musicians.

Established:

2003

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2009 (1), 2010 (4), 2011 (3), 2013 (2), 2014 (3), 2016 (2)

Media Links:

[None registered]

Contact:

Kate Lynch, Phone: 01458 250367
Address: Four Chimneys, High Ham, Langport, Somerset TA109BB

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North Curry Mummers

Category:

Folk Play-acting Sub-Group

Home Town:

North Curry, Grid Ref.: ST3225, Lat.& Long.: 51.0244, -2.9626

Description:

[None provided]

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2001 (1), 2002 (1), 2003 (1), 2004 (1), 2005 (1), 2008 (1), 2009 (1), 2010 (1), 2013 (1), 2014 (1), 2015 (1), 2016 (1), 2018 (1)

Media Links:

1 link to Photo(s)

Contacts:

James Hickman (james.hickman@dictors.org.uk)

 

David Lawrence, writer (studio@davidlawrenceart.com), Phone: 01225462361
Address: Lyndale Lyncombe Vale

Part of:

Taunton Deane Morris Men

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Weston Mummers [Website]

Category:

Folk Play-only Group

Home Town:

Weston, Grid Ref.: ST7266, Lat.& Long.: 51.3964, -2.3953

Description:

The Weston Mummers perform the Weston Mumming Play in hostelries in and around Weston, Bath on an evening close to Christmas (usually the Friday before). They also give a single performance at lunch time on Boxing Day at The Packhorse in Southstoke. The collection is donated to local charities.

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2002 (2), 2003 (2), 2004 (3), 2005 (2), 2008 (1), 2009 (1), 2010 (2), 2011 (1), 2016 (1), 2017 (1), 2018 (1)

Media Links:

[None registered]

Contact:

Idris Roker (info@weston-mummers.org.uk), Phone: 01225 867031

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Widcombe (Bath) Mummers [Website]

Category:

Folk Play-acting Sub-Group

Home Town:

Widcombe, Grid Ref.: ST7663, Lat.& Long.: 51.3696, -2.3376

Description:

This group was started in September 2005, mainly as a resulting of hearing Doc Rowe give a talk on the mumming tradition, and feeling that we could do something similar in Widcombe, which is part of Bath. We were fortunate to find keen local actors and musicians, and to get support from the Widcombe Association.

Established:

2005

Performances:

Forthcoming: None registered
Past events: 2006 (1), 2009 (2), 2010 (2), 2011 (2), 2012 (1), 2013 (1), 2014 (1), 2015 (1), 2016 (1), 2017 (2)

Media Links:

[None registered]

Contact:

Ian Gilchrist (mike_mandolin@yahoo.co.uk), Phone: 01225-334775
Address: 24 Horseshoe Walk, Bath, BA2 6DF

Part of:

Widcombe Association

Notes:

We mix pure Mumming traditional themes and words with local content and jokes, usually aimed at some point of controversy in the area. There is a healthy mix of music mainly from 'English' traditional sources. Performances on New Year's Day. Details on website.

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South Yorkshire

Doncaster Mummers

Category:

Folk Play-acting Sub-Group

Home Town:

Doncaster, Grid Ref.: SE5703, Lat.& Long.: 53.5248, -1.1326

Description:

Seasonal performance of the play 'St George and the Dragon' at Cusworth Hall near Doncaster in December. Revived the Hooton Pagnell Plough Play in January 2005.

Performances:

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

Media Links:

1 link to Photo(s)

Contact:

Peter Worrall, Squire (peterjworrall@aol.com), Phone: 07854 432101 (Mob.)
Address: c/o Doncaster Brewery, Young Street, Doncaster

Part of:

Green Oak Morris Men

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