T'Owd Tup - Eckington, 1969

Survey of Language and Folklore Collection (1969, R.Heath)


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Context:
Location: Eckington, Derbyshire, England (SK4379)
Year: Col.1969
Time of Occurrence: Christmas
Collective Name: [Not given]

Source:

Robert Heath
T'Owd Tup - Eckington
Survey of Language and Folklore Collection, University of Sheffield, 20th January 1969


Cast: (Click on any name for the character name index.)
Text:

{T'OWD TUP - ECKINGTON}

{TEXT}

{ENTER OLD MAW & OLD WOMAN LEADING TUP - CHARACTER FOLLOWS THEM (ACTS AS A BYSTANDER INITIALLY)}

OLD MAN & WOMAN CHANT:

Here comes me & our old lass
Short of money and short of brass
Pay for a pint and let us sup
And then we'll show you our old Tup.

OLD MAN & WOMAN SING:

As we were going to Derby
Upon a market day
We had the finest Tup
That ever fed on hay
{CHORUS} Fai-oŚlai nanny-go-lai

CHARACTER: {JOINING OLD MAN & WOMAN}

What are you doing with that Tup?

OLD MAN & OLD WOMAN: {IN UNISON)

We were taking him to Derby to be stuck,
but we don't think he'll make it.
{ADDRESSES AUDIENCE}
Is there a butcher in the house?

CHARACTER:

Our Bill's a blacksmith

OLD MAN & OLD WOMAN:

You daft old bugger [or fool or idiot etc.]
We don't want a blacksmith, we want a butcher.

CHARACTER:

Our Bob's a butcher.

OLD MAN & OLD WOMAN:

You daft bugger [or fool etc.]
Fetch him here and tell him he's wanted.

CHARACTER: {WALKS TO DOOR OR WINGS ETC. & SHOUTS}

Bob! Bring yourself here, you're wanted.

{ENTER BOB THE BUTCHER}

BOB:

What's going on?
What's all the noise about?
{LOOKING ROUND SEES TUP} By - that's as fine a tup as ever I've seen,
where are you taking him?

OLD MAN & OLD WOMAN:

We were taking him to Derby to be stuck,
but we don't think he'll make it.
so we want him sticking now.
Are you a butcher?

BOB:

That I am, the best in Derby.

OLD MAN & WOMAN;

Will you stick the Tup?

BOB: {TAKING KNIFE PROM APRON}

Aye, I will that.
Where do you want him sticking, head or -tail?

OLD MAN & WOMAN:

In the head to be sure.

{BOB PLUNGES KNIFE TO TUP'S HEAD. TUP FALLS TO GROUND MAKING APPROPRIATE NOISES & KICKS ETC.}

ALL SING: (EXCEPT BUTCHER)

And now the butcher has stuck the Tup
Who's in danger of his life
He's up to his knees in blood.
Crying out for a longer life

{CHO:}

{THEN ALL SING-:}

[All]

All the women in Derby
Came begging for his ears
To make aprons with
To last them forty years

{CHO:}

All the men in Derby
Came begging for his tail
To make a big strong rope
To hang in Derby jail

{CHO:}

And all the boys in Derby
Came begging for his eyes
To make footballs with
To lastthem [sic] all their lives

{CHO:}

And all the girls in Derby
Came begging for his hide
To make shoes with
To keep their feet warm inside

{CHO:}

And now our song is ended
We have no more to say
Pleace give us a Christmas gift
And lot us go away

{CHO:}

{CHARACTER TAKES ROUND COLLECTING BOX TO MEMBERS OP AUDIENCE.}


Notes:

Survey of Language and Folklore's Notes:

"Contributed to the Sheffield Survey of Folklore and Language by Mrs.N.J.Hempton. Informant Robert Heath, 8 March View, Eckington, Derbys. Acted 'by him when approximately 12 years old - he learnt it from other children'. Handed in 20th January, 1969.

THE PLAY

THE DERBY TUP

Performed in local Public Houses.

CHARACTERS

OLD MAN

OLD WOMAN

BOB THE BUTCHER

CHARACTER WITH COLLECTING BOX

THE TUP (RAM ) - Someone inside an old sack with a sheep-like head on top. The Tup has a fine set of horns or stag antlers. Old sack - child inside holding pair of horns.

The rest of the characters wear any bizarre old clothes."


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19th Jan.2003 - Scanned and OCRed by Peter Millington
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