*Douglas Kennedy (Auth.)
*The Christmas Mummers Play
*John O'London's Weekly,
12th Jan.1945, p.145
*Full script of the play of the Derby Tup or Ram, performed in the
villages around Sheffield at Christmas time, written down by Gilbert
Hemmingfield. The characters are: Tup, Me and Our Old Lass/Me and Our Owd Lass,
Beelzebub, Devil-Doubt, Rolling-Tolling-Tippling-Tom, Butcher/Sir Good, and
The play starts with Me and Our Owd Lass walking round the tup and
introducing the play. Beelzebub enters and tells of his sons. Devil Doubt
enters and asks for money. Tom enters and says what he has seen. He then
says a bit of tangle-talk. The Butcher enters and boasts of his skill and
sticks the tup. Doctor enters and cure the tup with medicine. The song is
sung. Five verses describe the size of the tup, and five say what happened
once it was killed. Ends with "We wish you a merry".
Sheffield, West Riding, Yorks. (SK3587)
*Full Text; Play; Derby Tup; Derby Ram; Christmas; Tup; Me and Our Old Lass; Me and Our Owd Lass; Beelzebub; Devil Doubt; Rolling-Tolling-Tippling-Tom; Butcher; Sir Good; Doctor
Gilbert Hemmingfield (Inf.)
TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00788;
E.L.Guilford Collection, Ref.M/9916/1-4
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Last Updated Mar 2005 by Peter Millington.