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Address: Graduate Program in Folklore and Folklife, University of Pennsylvania, 313/303 Logan Hall, 249 South 36th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6403, USA.
Email: JustMeAbe @
Now retired, Hum Rosen Professor of Folklore and Folklife, but still teaching a course a semester in the general areas of festive entertainments and public spectacles. Past interests included definitive research on the Christmas Sports of St.Kitts and Nevis.


Address: England.
Tel.: +44 [0]16973 44363
Email: sue.allan @
Researching traditional music, song, dance and drama of Cumbria (including old counties of Cumberland, Westmorland and Furness District of Lancashire).


Address: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Bldg.10-280, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA.
Tel.: +1 617-253-4892
Email: brody @
Author of a popular book on folk drama - "The English Mummers & Their Plays: Traces of Ancient Mystery", Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1970, although he hasn't been active in folk theatre research for many years.

CASS, Eddie

Address: 548 Wilbraham Road, Manchester, M21 9LB, England.
Tel./Fax: +44 [0]161 881 8640
Email: eddie.cass @
Interested in all aspects of traditional drama. Current research interests are in the pace-egg plays of Lancashire and the adjoining counties; chapbooks containing play texts, especially the 'peace-egg' chapbook series.


Address: England.
Tel.: +44 [0]1993 773819
Email: keithc650 @
Traditional (but not revivalist) performance within the south Midlands (broadly, Oxfordshire and all adjacent counties), with emphasis on cultural, social and economic contexts and biographies of participants. Ongoing oral collecting, local newspaper, and archival research, but this is not my primary area of interest.


Address: 531 Hill Street, Mamaroneck, NY 10543, USA.
Tel.: +1 914-777-0282
Email: corrsin1 @
Researching linked sword dancing, and therefore interested in sword dance plays. Author of "Sword Dancing in Europe: A History" (1997).


Address: Melrose, Thorn Road, Marden, Tonbridge, Kent, TN12 9EJ, England.
Tel.: +44 [0]1622 832461
Email: dancing.framptons @
Interested in musical tradition in Kent, including traditional drama and music relating to it; author of a book aiming to update Percy Maylam's eponymous work 'the Hooden Horse'.

GAUL, Liam

Address: Republic of Ireland.
Tel.: +353 [0]53 44505
Email: gaulmus @

Researching a Ph.D project with the University of Limerick - Irish World Music Centre, which is under the directorship of Professor Miceál Ó Suilleabháin. My topic is the music manuscript of Patrick Joseph McCall containing the tunes played for the Mummers Play in south-east Wexford. McCall commenced his music note book in November, 1887. Only a small portion of his 40 tunes were published in conjunction with Arthur Darley. McCall also collected the Rhymes used in this area and composed a poem entitled The Mummers of Bargy. He had many collections of poetry published as well as two historical booklets relating to Dublin's main cathedrals, St. Patrick's and Christ Church. A booklet on Zozimus (Michael Moran, the blind poet) was also published by McCall. The tunes used for the dance, costumes, rhymes and comparisons between the Cornish and Wexford Mummers and other English groups are my main interest. P.J.McCall was born 1861 and died 1919 - a Dubliner with a county Wexford mother and county Carlow father.
Would be extremely interested in communicating with those of similar interests. Would be prepared to exchange information. I am in my early sixties and an amateur musician playing button and piano accordion to a national standard at Fleadhanna Cheoil and Oireachtais na Gaelige. Folk music is my main interest with a strong grounding in classical music.


Address: Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana University, 504 N.Fess, Bloomington, IN 47408, USA.
Glassie is a sometime researcher of Irish folk plays.

GREIG, Ruairidh

Address: Georgian Terrace, Ludborough Road, North Thoresby, Grimsby, DN36 5RF, England.
Tel.: +44 [0]1472 840191
Email ruairidh_greig @
I completed my M.Phil thesis on "Seasonal House-Visiting Customs in South Yorkshire" in 1989. This included sections on a variety of traditional drama forms linked to house-visiting, and included the results of fieldwork and archive research. My current interests are in the Lincolnshire plough plays and in general contextual studies of traditional entertainment forms (when I have any spare time which isn't often!).


Address: Iceland.
Old Nordic religion and mythology, Scandinavian folklore, popular drama, comparative folklore.


Address: Department of Performing Arts, University College Chester, Parkgate Road, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 4BJ, England.
Peter's PhD thesis was entitled "The Performance of English Folk Plays: A Study in Dramatic Form and Social Function".

LYLE, Emily

Address: Department of Celtic & Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH8 9LD, Scotland.
Tel.: +44 [0]131 650 4152
Email: e.lyle @
Traditional drama in Scotland as a children's seasonal house-visiting custom, especially as remembered by performers and witnesses who can be interviewed.


Address: 232 College Street, Long Eaton, Nottingham, NG10 4GW, England.
Tel.: +44 [0]115 972 3237
Email: peter.millington1 @
A founder member of the Traditional Drama Research Group. In July 2002, I successfully completed part-time PhD research at the University of Sheffield, on The Origins and Development of English Folk Plays. An abstract of my thesis is available on my personal website. My long standing interests include the folk plays and related customs of Nottinghamshire, and the use of computers as an aid for analysing textual data. [Publications List]

NOEL, Lynn E.

Address: USA.
Tel.: +1 978-985-2707
Email lynnoel @
Traditional drama & dance in North America as living tradition in revival and performance. Dancer and fool with That Long Tall Sword, performing a longsword and mummers' play of our own devising. Founder of Come-All-Ye Paper Bag mummers for Boston folk plays, experimenting with traditional texts in performance. Collect and write folk plays in the Cambridge/Somerville wedding tradition. Research and observe role of women as characters in plays (both sides cross-dressing) and as actors and leaders. Comparative study of ritual drama and folk plays with commedia dell'arte, puppet theatre, Revels and related winter solstice festivals. Research on Newfoundland and Canadian traditions of mumming, guising, and ritual dance & drama.


Address: England.
Email mummers @
As Bagman of the Thameside Mummers (Est.1970) I have an interest in researching the 'operational' side of the genre rather than academic. For example, we recently discovered an early recording of one of "our" plays which changed the whole style, and made it a far better performance. The main thing is that our play collection is, mostly, still actively performed - and we have written several "Christmas Funnies" of our own. Our interests are in all forms of play as we perform not only at Christmas & Easter but all through the Summer: we're always on the look out for something "different" for the repertoire.


Address: USA.
Email karlpaananen @
Looking at a working hypothesis that the plays may have originated during the "Commonwealth" period (1649-1660). I am interested in evidence both for and against this idea, as well as other hypotheses on origins. As a Theatre graduate I try to look at the plays as live performances rather than literary texts.


Address: Denmark.
Email pettitt @
Tel.: +45 6550 2128
Reconstructing English (and European) customary drama of the late-medieval and Renaissance periods on the basis of early documentation plus extrapolation from recent folk tradition; exploring its relationships with the 'regular' drama of the period (mystery and morality plays; interludes; Shakespeare; Marlowe).


Address: 515 S. 46th Street, Boulder, CO 80309, USA.
Email preston @
Interested in all aspects of traditional drama, but currently obsessed with the printed and written aspects of the tradition(s).


Address: Vale House, Woolland, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 0ES, England.
Tel.: +44 [0]1258 817246
Email: p.robson368 @
So far as traditional drama is concerned my interest is "mummers' plays from Dorset and adjoining counties".

ROSE, Chris

Address: England.
Tel.: +44 [0]1636 821714
Email: chrisivyfarm @
Researching lost dance and drama traditions in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. Also interested in Plough Monday.

ROUD, Steve

Address: Southwood, Maresfield Court, High Street, Maresfield. East Sussex, TN22 2EH, England.
Tel.: +44 [0]1825 766751
Email: roud @
Founder member of original TDRG. Interested in all aspects of traditional drama except revival. Undertook extensive collection/research in Hampshire and surrounding counties in the 1970s, but drama is not my primary interest at present.


Address: Scotland.
Tel.: +44 [0]1224 272386
Email: ianrussell @
I am interested in the Derby (Old) Tup, (Poor) Old Horse, and guising traditions of Derbyshire and South Yorkshire. Currently engaged in general fieldwork in North-East Scotland.


Address: 3 Paddock View, Skillington, Grantham, NG33 5ER, England.
Tel./Fax: +44 [0]1476 860922
Email: schofield7 @
Interested in Staffordshire plays and the Uttoxeter Guisers in particular.


Address: 41 Morningside, Coventry, CV5 6PD, England.
Tel.: +44 [0]24 7667 6721
Email: mumminguk @
Folk Play Archivist of the Morris Ring. The archive is probably the largest publicly accessible collection of folk play material.


Address: Department of Folklore, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, Newfoundland, A1B 3X8, Canada.
Tel.(Office): +1 709-737-8410
Tel.(Home): +1 709-895-3159
Fax: +1 709-737-4718
Email: fpsmith @

Instigator of the Traditional Drama Annual Conferences, founder member of the original Traditional Drama Research Group, Editor of Roomer, and Co-editor with J. D. A. Widdowson of Traditional Drama Studies.
Interested in all aspects of TD studies, on both sides of the Atlantic. Has written extensively on the topic, particularly on Chapbooks containing Traditional Play Texts, and the 1779 entertainment at Revesby in Lincolnshire.

TEMS, Mick

Address: 88 Manor Chase, Beddau, Pontypridd, CF38 2JE, Wales.
Tel.: +44 [0]1443 206689
Email: micktems @

Address: The Homestead, East End, Long Clawson, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE14 4NG, England.
Tel.: +44 [0]1664 823041
Email: tunni @
Researching (though I would claim little credit as a researcher) Plough Monday and Plays in the Vale of Belvoir (Leics./Lincs./Notts.) and adjoining areas. Likewise "Morris", customs, folklore, music, song, etc of the same area, and the rest of Leicestershire and Rutland.

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