Location: Blidworth, Nottinghamshire, England (SK5855)
Year: Ceased c.1939, Col.1971
Time of Occurrence: Plough Monday
Collective Name: [Not given]


Harry Clark
Blidworth Plough Monday Play
P.T.Millington Collection, Collected 28th May 1971




In, comes I, never been before,
So many actors standing at the door,
Some can dance and sonue can sing,
At your consent they'll all walk in.

SECOND MAN {Carrying a-big stick and a frying pan}

In comes I Betsy Bellzebub,
In my hand I carry a club,
In the other a frying pan,
To catch all the money I can.


In comes I Jack Steel,
My body's made of brass,
My belly's made of steel.
No man can make me feel.

SECOND MAN {Or possibly a fourth}

I can make you feel.


You can't.

{Third man is prodded and killed by the second man}


Five pounds for a doctor,
Ten pounds to stop away.

DOCTOR {Dressed like a doctor}

In comes I the doctor.


How did you become a doctor?


I travelled for it.


Where did you travel?


England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales.
I went to York and cured Old Mother Cork.
She fell upstairs backwards,
And made her stocking bleed.


What can you cure?


Ipsy, Pipsy, palsy gout,
Pains within and pains without.


Can you cure this man then

{Doctor examines the third man}


He's swallowed a horse and cart,
And can't get shut of the wheels.

{He takes out a bottle of water}


He wants a drop of my Tiff-Taff,
Then he'll be right again
{Doctor lifts up the third man singing:-}

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Rise me lads it's time for listing, listing do not be affraid, [sic]
You will find all kinds of ribbons. Likewise kiss the pretty maid.

{All sing}

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Good master and good mistress, as you sit by the fire.
Remember us poor plough boys, A moor, a moor, a mire,
A moor. a moor, a mire. A moor, a moor, a mire.
Put what you like in our box. And a jug of your best beer.


Collector's Notes:

Contributed by Harry Clark, Lynden, New Lane, Blidworth on 28/5/71 to Peter T.Millington.
NOTES:- Mr. Clark never performed the play, but his friends did. He probably only heard it a couple of times, being able to recount it due to a remarkable memory, and a descriminating [sic] mind, responding only to prompts about parts in the play he saw. When they came to his house, the door went ajar, and someone shouted, "Do you want us." His mother said yes and the first man came in to start the play. The area they had to perform in was about three feet by five feet, one of the consequences being that when the third man fell, he had a look round first to make sure he did not fall against anything.
In this play all traces of recruiting-marriage sequence is lost, exept [sic] in the song at the end, on the other hand it also lacks the fight of a Guyser-type play, although this may have been due to lack of elbow room.

Peter Millington's Notes:

The date of performance was not recorded. However, Harry Clark took part in a revival of the play in 1980, with a cast mostly comprising ex-performers. An article about the revival in the
Mansfield Chronicle & Advertiser,
17th Jan.1980, states that the play had last been performed just before the outbreak of World War II - i.e. 1939.

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