Col. J. Markham Rose (Auth.)
EAST MARKHAM BOY SCOUTS BROADCAST: PLOUGH MONDAY MUMMERS
Retford, Gainsborough & Worksop Times,
12th Jul.1935, p.5 a-b
This article gives the full text (123 lines) of a Plough Monday play
broadcast by Boy Scouts from East Markham, Notts., in 1935. The introduction
gives a general description of Plough Monday, mentioning the Lord Mayor of
London's Banquet, plough trailing and malicious ploughing. Extensive details
are included of the costumes and the social background of the original
performers. The Plough Boys characters were; Tom Fool, Recruiting Sergeant,
Plough Boy, Lady Bright and Gay, Cow Boy/Teezum/Squeezum and Doctor. The
printed cast list includes a Farmer and Farmer's Wife - clearly introduced for
effect just for the broadcast. The Cow Boy's alternative names appear in the
dialogue as "In comes I, young teezum, squeezum". Pity about the comma.
Following practice in other plays, one would expect a single name Teezum
Squeezum rather than two names.
East Markham, Notts. (SK7472); London, London (TQ3079)
Play; Banquet; Plough Trailing; Malicious Ploughing; Plough Monday; Mummers; Plough Boys; Full Text; Tom Fool; Recruiting Sergeant; Plough Boy; Lady Bright and Gay; Cow Boy; Teezum; Squeezum; Teezum Squeezum; Doctor
TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00234
Last Updated Jan 1989 by Peter Millington.