I.Russell (1981b)


Ian Russell (Auth.)
In Comes I, Brut King: Tradition and Modernity in the Drama of the Jacksdale Bullguisers
Journal of American Folklore, Oct.1981, Vol.94, No.374, pp.456-485

Detailed description of how the Flint family of Jacksdale, Notts., updated their Christmas Bullguisers play to include allusions to television programmes and adverts. Three play texts are given. One of 66 lines was originally performed in 1946 at Selston, and the next year in Swanwick, Derbys. This had the characters; Enter In, Bullguys, St. George, Dr. Brown and Betsy Bellsybub. It was later revived in Jacksdale in 1978 with the same characters, but with only 58 lines of text, some of which are not present in the "original". The modernised Jacksdale play (51 lines) was performed from 1975 to 1977, and had the characters; Enter In, Referee, Brut King, Kung Fluey and Slack Alice. The plot was based round a boxing match, with Slack Alice taking the place of the Doctor. Extensive itineraries are given, as well cast lists for the 1975 to 1978 performances.

Index Terms:

Locations: Jacksdale, Notts. (SK4451); Swanwick, Derbys. (SK4053); Selston, Notts. (SK4553)
Years: Perf. 1946; Perf. 1947; Perf. 1975 to 1978
Subjects: Bullguisers; Play; Brut King; Kung Fluey; Itineraries; Christmas; Full Texts; Bullguisers; Enter In; Bullguys; St. George; Dr. Brown; Betsy Bellsybub; Referee; Slack Alice; Cast Lists
People: Keith Flint (Perf.); Kevin Flint (Perf.)
Archives: TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00336

Last Updated Mar 1992 by Peter Millington.