S.Race Collection (1924, J.P.Scothorne)


[Capt. J. P. Scothorne] (Col.); Sydney Race (Col.)
Selston Version [Christmas Play from Bagthorpe, Notts.]
S.Race Collection, Col. about Jan.1924

Typescript of a Christmas play text (62 lines), with the characters were; Fool, St. George, Slasher, Doctor, Belzebub/Beelzebub and Devil Doubt. The typescript has been marked up for publication, and a hand written five line song at the end may not have been part of the original.

There is little identification with the text, although it clearly tallies with the text quoted extensively in S.R. (1924). The hand written heading on the text gives its location as Selston, and in his publications, S.Race also describes it coming from Selston. However, S.R. (1924) says that the text was taken down by Capt. Scothorne from pupils of the school in Bagthorpe, Notts., at which he was teaching. Selston is a neighbouring village, and it seems unlikely that children from Selston would have gone to school in Bagthorpe. S.R. (1924) states that the custom was still current, so it would have been the version performed in 1923.

In the collection, this text is attached to the manuscript of a short article intended for publication in a newspaper. This is annotated "Wkly 2/2/46", but no published version has yet been found (see S.Race, 1946).

Index Terms:

Locations: Bagthorpe, Notts. (SK4751); Selston, Notts. (SK4553)
Years: Perf. 1923
Subjects: Christmas; Play; Full Text; Fool; St. George; Slasher; Doctor; Beelzebub; Belzebub; Devil Doubt
Archives: TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00442

Last Updated Jan 1992 by Peter Millington.