Riddings (SK4252), Derbyshire


P.J.Stevenson Collection (1975, M.Hunt)

Marion Hunt (Inf.)
[Play from Riddings, Derbys.]
P.S.Stevenson Collection, Com. 12th Nov.1975

Letter about a play performed by the informant's grandfather "around Alfreton", Derbys., in the 1920s. A fragment of text for Beelzebub is given, and a Doctor is also mentioned.

A follow-up letter from the informant's mother (G.E.Hunt) indicates that the specific location was Riddings, Derbys., and the performance at about the turn of the Century.

P.J.Stevenson Collection (1975, G.E.Hunt)

Mrs. G. Elizabeth Hunt (Inf.)
[Christmas Guisers' Play from Riddings, Derbys.]
P.S.Stevenson Collection, Com. 7th Dec.1975

Letter about a "Guisering" play performed by the informant's father in Riddings, Derbys., at about the turn of the Century. It was performed at Christmas by actors called Guisers. Fragments of text are included. The characters included; a first man, Be-elzebub, Sir George, the wounded man's father, and a Doctor.

J.Marsh (2002)

Jim Marsh (Perf.)
Guisering in Somercotes, Derbyshire
Traditional Drama Forum, Jan.2002, No.4,
http://www.folkplay.info/Forum/TD_Forum_4_Somercotes.htm

*Text fragments and a description of a Christmas Guisering play performed by boys during World War II in Somercotes, Derbys. The characters were: Enter-In/William of the Great, St. George, Bull-Slasher, a Doctor, and Beelzebub. The play was performed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day in Somercotes, Lower Somercotes, Leabrooks, and Riddings.

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