*Arthur Sharp (Auth.)
THE MUMMER'S PLAY: OLD COUNTRY CUSTOM STILL SURVIVING: "OWD HOSS" IN NOTTS
Nottingham Evening Post,
3rd Jan.1929, No.15762, p.3 f
*Article on "mumming" and its putative ritual origins. A typical play is
said to have the characters; St. George, Fool, Slasher, Doctor, Beelzebub and
Devil Doubt. "A version that was popular in the Midlands during the last
century" had the characters; Herald, Hero, St. George and Doctor. This would
appear to refer to E.Sutton's (1912) play from East Retford. Other characters
and fragments are given from Chambers (presumably 1903). These include; Father
Christmas, Grand Turk/Turkish Knight and Dragon. Other Notts., fragments are
also quoted, the plays being current. "The Owd Hoss" or "Hooden Horse" is
mentioned from North Notts.
Some doubt as to the correctness of the author. A.Sharp may just be a cited
*Notts.; Derbys.; North Nottinghamshire, Notts.; East Retford, Notts. (SK7080)
*Perf. 1929; Perf. 19th Century
*Plays; Mummers; Mumming; Origins; St. George; Fool; Slasher; Doctor; Beelzebub; Devil Doubt; Herald; Hero; Sutton,E. (1912); Text Fragments; Chambers,E.K. (1903); Father Christmas; Grand Turk; Turkish Knight; Dragon; "The Owd Hoss"; Hooden Horse
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