Mr. Cecil J. Sharp (Auth.)Index Terms:
LOCAL NOTES AND QUERIES: No. 27: THE RETFORD "MYSTERY" PLAY
*Nottinghamshire Guardian, *3rd Jan.1914
Letter from Cecil Sharp, in response to having been sent a copy of the play from East Retford, Notts., published by E.Sutton (1913). He expounds his theory of the play having come from ancient Greek Tragedy in which the seasons of the year are enacted. This play symbolises the death and rebirth of the Old Year. He also mentions the sword dance play from Ampleforth, Yorks., and plugs his book "Sword Dances of Northern England" Part 3.
Locations: East Retford, Notts. (SK7080); Ampleforth, Yorks. (SE5878) Years: Publ. 1914 Subjects: Play; Sword Dance; Mummers; Origins; Sutton,E. (1913); Sharp,C.J. (1913) Archives: Ref.: TD00154; W.E.Doubleday Scrapbook, Vol.IV, p.85; Local Notes & Queries Scrapbook, 1908-1918