Bibliography of Nottinghamshire Folk Plays & Related Customs

P.Millington (1991b)

Source:
Peter Millington (Auth.)
Do Guysers still exist? [West Notts., plays]
Eastwood & Kimberley Advertiser, 20th Dec.1991, Vol.94, No.5099, p.14 a-b

Description of accounts communicated following an appeal for information on Christmas Guysers earlier in 1991. There is a description of the play performed by Mr. Tom Thorpe in Bagthorpe in the 1930s. This had the characters; Opener In, St. George, Slasher, Doctor, Belzibub and Devildowt. Belzibub's speech is quoted. In the 1950s, Mr.G.S.Bennieston performed in a team in Underwood. They also went to Annesley, Moorgreen, Newthorpe, Kimberley, Eastwood, Jacksdale, Selston and Felley Priory. There is a long description of Mrs. Barbara Faulconbridge's experiences with Bullguysers in Selston, in which she also mentions one of her sons seeing Guysers performing in Awsworth in 1990. The Selston teams eventually took to going to Somercotes, Derbys. Finally, there is a mention of the annual Guysing performed by the Ripley Morris Men in Ripley, Derbys. Syd Barber collected their play from Mr. Percy Cook of Ripley.

Index Terms:
Locations: Underwood, Notts. (SK4750); Annesley, Notts. (SK5053); Moorgreen, Notts. (SK4847); Newthorpe, Notts. (SK4846); Kimberley, Notts. (SK4944); Eastwood, Notts. (SK4646); Jacksdale, Notts. (SK4451); Selston, Notts. (SK4553); Felley Priory, Notts. (SK4851); Somercotes, Derbys. (SK4253)
Years: Perf. 1930s; Perf. 1950s; Perf. 1990; Perf. 1991
Subjects: Guysers; Plays; Opener In; Devildowt; St. George; Doctor; Belzibub; Slasher; Itinerary; Christmas; Text Fragment; Bullguysers; Guysing; Ripley Morris Men
People: Peter Thomas Millington (Auth.); Mr. G. S. Bennieston (Perf.); Mr. Tom Thorpe (Perf.); Mrs. Barbara Faulconbridge (Inf.); Syd Barber (Col.)
Archives: Ref.: TD00519

Indexed by Peter Millington. Last updated Feb.1992

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