E. M. (Auth.)
THE MUMMERS' PLAY: INTERESTING SURVIVALS IN NOTTINGHAMSHIRE: MEMORIES OF PLOUGH MONDAY AND CHRISTMASTIDE
9th Jan.1924, No.21153, p.6d
*The author describes the mummers play he saw performed in Thorney
at Christmas-tide each year between 1898 and 1906. It was performed
at Plough Monday or more usually Christmas Eve. The actors came from
Harby or sometimes Broadholme. The actors called themselves Morris
Dancers and never Mummers, but there was almost no dancing. The author
claims the play was almost identical to that in "Cavalier Stronghold"
by Mrs. Chaworth Musters.
59 lines of text fragments are given, plus 16 lines of a closing song.
The characters were: Tom Fool, Recruiting Sergeant, Weeping Willie
[equivalent to the Ribboner], Buxom Nell/Lady, Buxom Joan [equivalent
to Dame Jane], Saint or King George, Beelzebub/Heesum Teesum, and Doctor.
Regarding the fight: "Now comes Saint or King George who is challenged
and defeated by the Sergeant. Sometimes King George was followed by
Beelzebub and the fight was between them. At other times Saint George
did not appear and the Sergeant fought Beelzebub."
This abstract has been prepared from a poor quality copy, and the
information needs to be verified against a better copy or the original.
*Broadholme, Notts. (SK8974); Harby, Notts. (SK8770); Thorney, Notts. (SK8572)
Perf. 1898 to 1906; Publ. 1924
Play; Christmas Eve; Plough Monday; Morris Dancers; Chaworth-Musters (1890); Tom Fool; Recruiting Sergeant; Weeping Willie; Buxom Nell; Buxom Joan; King George; Saint George; Beelzebub; Heesum Teesum; Doctor; Text Fragments; Songs
TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00074
* indicates data that not yet been validated against the original source and/or has yet to be completely indexed.
Last Updated Mar 2005 by Peter Millington.