Bibliography of Nottinghamshire Folk Plays & Related Customs

Nottingham Guardian (1949b)

Source:
[Anon. (Auth.)]
PLOUGH MONDAY PLAYERS CALL [Tollerton, Notts.]
Nottingham Guardian, 8th Jan.1949, No.28886, p.5 h

Report of a performance of Plough Monday play by the team from Tollerton, Notts. The account is based around the experience of Ernie Burton, who remembered seeing the play being performed when a child in Edwalton "over 50 years ago." Two or three text fragments are quoted, and the characters were; Tom Fool, Recruiting Sergeant, Farm Man/Farmer's Man, Dame Jane, Lady Bright and Gay, Doctor and Thrasher Blade. The itinerary included Hall Farm, Tollerton, Normanton, Knicker Hill, Cotgrave, Keyworth and Plumtree. All the actors are named. Ernie is quoted as saying, "In the old days it was the custom to take a plough and threaten to plough a furrow across the lawn if no reward was forthcoming."

Index Terms:
Locations: Tollerton, Notts. (SK6134); Normanton, Notts. (SK6232); Knicker Hill, Notts. (SK6231); Cotgrave, Notts. (SK6435); Keyworth, Notts. (SK6130); Plumtree, Notts. (SK6133); Edwalton, Notts. (SK5935)
Years: Perf. 1949; Perf. before 1899
Subjects: Play; Malicious Ploughing; Plough Monday; Itinerary; Text Fragments; Tom Fool; Recruiting Sergeant; Farm Man; Farmer's Man; Dame Jane; Lady Bright and Gay; Doctor; Thrasher Blade; Cast List
People: Ernie Burton (Perf.); George Ayto (Perf.); Joe Sewards (Perf.); Percy Morris (Perf.); Fred Hutchinson (Perf.); Fred Swanborough (Perf.); Archie Stubbs (Perf.)
Archives: Ref.: TD00125; Notts. County Library, County Folklore Box

Indexed by Idwal Jones. Last updated Feb.1992

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