Bibliography of Nottinghamshire Folk Plays & Related Customs

M.E.Sisson (1994)

Source:
M. E. Sisson (Auth.)
Good luck to Guisers [in Underwood, Notts.]
Eastwood & Kimberley Advertiser, 7th Jan.1994, Vol.94, No.5206, p.14_f-h

Letter applauding the recent revival of the Guisers in Underwood, Notts. It then goes on the describe the activities of two other Underwood teams organised by the Sisson family (both teams named) which performed in the 1940s and 1950s. The characters in both teams were; Door Opener, St George, Slasher, Dr, Beelzebub and Devil Doubt. Mentions the recording of the second team for "Radio 3" by Maurice Barley in Jan.1954, after their Christmas 1953 performances. Apparently an artist at the recording made drawings of the costumes, which included blackened faces. There is an anecdote of in incident in Underwood Miners Welfare when the collection was scattered everywhere after the Doctor slipped on the polished dance floor.

Index Terms:
Locations: Underwood, Notts. (SK4750)
Years: Perf. 1940s; Perf. 1950s; Perf. 1953; Broadcast 1954
Subjects: Letter; Revival; Guisers; Play; Cast Lists; Door Opener; St. George; Slasher; Dr; Doctor; Beelzebub; Devil Doubt; Radio Broadcast; 3"Christmas; Drawings; Costumes; Anecdote
People: Tom Naylor (Perf.); William Sisson (Perf.); Alan Turner (Perf.); Les Walton (Perf.); Sonny Sisson (Perf.); Alan Gill (Perf.); Sam Starr (Perf.); Stanley North (Perf.); Derek Bullock (Perf.); Richard Starr (Perf.); Maurice Barley (Col.)
Archives: Ref.: TD00540

Indexed by Peter Millington. Last updated Jan.1994

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