R.Scollins & J.Titford (1977)
Richard Scollins (Auth.); John Titford (Auth.)
EY UP, MI DUCK!: PART THREE: An affectionate look at the speech, history and folklore of Ilkeston, Derbyshire and the Erewash Valley
Ilkeston: Scollins & Titford, 1977, 0-9505292-2-2, pp.11-13
A miscellany relating to Ilkeston, Derbys., with an emphasis on dialect. A
broadside ballad is reproduced, entitled the "Murder of Joseph Smith".
There is a chapter headed "'Step in King George and clear the way!': The Ancient
mummers' plays of Ilkeston" This gives information about three plays;
Fragments are quoted from play collected from Mr. James Carrier, who performed
the play at the turn of the Century around Kirk Hallam. It had the characters;
First Guiser, King George, Young Turk, Princess of Paradise, Doctor and Betsy
Betsy Belzebub. This appears to be taken from R.Meynell (1957/58)
The second play was collected from Mr. Alfred Harris, who performed the play
in Stanley about 1920. It's characters were; Open Door, King George, Little
Turk, Little Turk's Mother, Doctor and Jolly Old Man. The introductory
speech is quoted.
Finally, there are brief notes about a play performed in West Hallam about
1890, and collected from Mrs. Beryl Body. Her father George Flint had been a
performer. The characters included a Fool and Be-elzebub. The Fool's opening
lines are quoted.
Ilkeston, Derbys. (SK4642); Kirk Hallam, Derbys. (SK4540); Stanley, Derbys. (SK4140); West Hallam, Derbys. (SK4341)
Publ. 1977; Perf. about 1900; Perf. about 1920; Perf. about 1890
Dialect; Broadside Ballad; "Murder of Joseph Smith"; Plays; Text Fragments; First Guiser; King George; Young Turk; Princess of Paradise; Doctor; Betsy Betsy Belzebub; Meynell,R. (1957/58); Open Door; Little Turk; Little Turk's Mother; Jolly Old Man; Fool; Be-elzebub
Mr. James Carrier (Perf.); Mr. Alfred Harris (Perf.); Mrs. Beryl Body (Inf.); George Flint (Perf.)
TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00534
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