Bibliography of Nottinghamshire Folk Plays & Related Customs

C.H.Aram (1956/1957)

Source:
C. H. Aram (Auth.)
"Ipsy, Pipsy, Palsy, Gout" [Plough Monday play from Helpringham, Lincs.]
Nottinghamshire Countryside, Winter 1956/1957, Vol.17, No.3, pp.iv,25-26

Description of how Mr. Aram helped Peter Kennedy to collect a Plough Monday play from Helpringham, Lincs. This was performed by "Morris Men" or "Plough Boys" up to the end of the 19th Century. In addition to the play, they trailed a plough and performed dances with brooms "borrowed" on the way. Malicious ploughing is also mentioned. The characters were; a leader [introducer], Tom Fool, Lady/Man-woman, Farmer's Man, Recruiting Sergeant, Belzebub and the Doctor.

Two accompanying photos both show six characters, listed as; The Devil, Soldier, Doctor, Lady, Fool and Farmers Boy. In the first, the Doctor is dosing the Lady who is on the ground. In the second the characters are posing in a row. These seem to portray the author's revival of the play.

Index Terms:
Locations: Helpringham, Lincs. (TF1340)
Years: Perf. to 1900; Publ. 1956/1957
Subjects: Photos; Play; Broom Dance; Plough Trailing; Malicious Ploughing; Plough Monday; Morris Men; Plough Boys; Leader; Introducer; Tom Fool; Lady; Man-Woman; Farmer's Man; Recruiting Sergeant; Belzebub; Doctor; Devil; Soldier; Farmers Boy
People: Mr. Peter Kennedy (Col.)
Archives: Ref.: TD00003

Indexed by Idwal Jones. Last updated Mar.1989

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