|Traditional Drama Forum - No.12||ISSN 1743-3789||March 2005|
Compiled by Eddie Cass
This event will be held at the Pitt Rivers Museum Oxford, 64 Banbury Road, Saturday and Sunday March 12-13 2005. The weekend will include the Annual Presidential Lecture Saturday 12 March:
From Revival to Survival: The Glastonbury Thorn Ceremony
Other Papers include
We hope to arrange a reception and storytelling session accompanied by Henry Underhill's Magic Lantern slides.
For further details of the conference contact: Susan Vass, FLS Office, Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London WC1H OAB Tel: (020) 7862 8564; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I would like to draw to the attention of members of the Traditional Drama Research Group, Jonathan Ropers’ paper in particular. Whilst the tradition does not constitute a play, the lecture should be stimulating for those with a wider interest in folk performance.
I picked up the following item as a posting on the Morris Dancing Discussion List on the 14th Dec.2004. Unfortunately, the Forum was not on the mayor’s mailing list but I did enjoy seeing the picture on the website. The posting was from Sandy Glover.
Peter Robson of Dorset sent us this very interesting extract recently.
Peter added, ‘It must be the most distinguished sword used in a mummers' play. There is no other record of a play at Woodyates. The Christmas Eve date is pretty standard for Dorset, but the black faces are unusual…I do not know of a picture, and the sword has disappeared. I seem to remember reading, somewhere, that the mummers found it in the thatch of the pub's roof, where it had been thrust by the fleeing Monmouth, but this may be speculation.
Can anybody add to our knowledge?
As part of the Good Friday series of Pace-Egg Play performances at Heptonstall, West Yorkshire, there will be a public lecture organized by the Hebden Bridge Local History Society. Details below:
This is the final article in a four-part series on folk customs in Yorkshire. There are photographs and descriptions of the well known pace-egg plays of the Calder Valley but the article also includes comments and photos of other mumming groups performing in West Yorkshire. Smith does not ignore the mystery plays of York and there are illustrations of the pageant wagon performances which formed part of the York Early Music Festival of 2002. If the four-year cycle is repeated the next performances are due in 2006. The plays are well worth seeing.
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