Bibliography of Nottinghamshire Folk Plays & Related Customs

A.Sharp (1929)

Source:
*Arthur Sharp (Auth.)
THE MUMMER'S PLAY: OLD COUNTRY CUSTOM STILL SURVIVING: "OWD HOSS" IN NOTTS
Nottingham Evening Post, 3rd Jan.1929, No.15762, p.3 f

*Article on "mumming" and its putative ritual origins. A typical play is said to have the characters; St. George, Fool, Slasher, Doctor, Beelzebub and Devil Doubt. "A version that was popular in the Midlands during the last century" had the characters; Herald, Hero, St. George and Doctor. This would appear to refer to E.Sutton's (1912) play from East Retford. Other characters and fragments are given from Chambers (presumably 1903). These include; Father Christmas, Grand Turk/Turkish Knight and Dragon. Other Notts., fragments are also quoted, the plays being current. "The Owd Hoss" or "Hooden Horse" is mentioned from North Notts.

Some doubt as to the correctness of the author. A.Sharp may just be a cited author.

Index Terms:
Locations: *Notts.; Derbys.; North Notts.; East Retford, Notts. (SK7080)
Years: *Perf. 1929; Perf. 19th Century
Subjects: *Plays; Mummers; Mumming; Origins; St. George; Fool; Slasher; Doctor; Beelzebub; Devil Doubt; Herald; Hero; Sutton,E. (1912); Text Fragments; Chambers,E.K. (1903); Father Christmas; Grand Turk; Turkish Knight; Dragon; "The Owd Hoss"; Hooden Horse
Archives: Ref.: TD00236

Indexed by Idwal Jones. Last updated Feb.1992

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