What's New - 21st March 2008

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This page lists what has been added to, or updated on, the Folk Play Research Website.

New Home Page Photograph [Updated 21st March 2008]

Stockport Pace Eggers in The Queens, Portwood, Mar.2008. Photo by Isobel Jackson.

Thomas Fairman Ordish Collection Checklist [Added 21st March 2008]

A list of about 670 records of British & Irish folk plays, deposited, with the Archives of the Folklore Society, in University College London Library. They are filed by county.

New Home Page Photograph [Updated 5th January 2007]

The Okalolies of Tristan da Cunha, Old Year's Night 2006/07. Photo by Janice Hentley.

New Home Page Photograph [Updated 29th October 2006]

Horse and Driver, Antrobus, 2004. Photo by Duncan Broomhead.

New Home Page Photograph [Updated 27th February 2006]

Fylingdales Guizers, Dec.2005, making good use of veils and old neck ties. Photo by Doc Rowe.

Photographs of Folk Plays - Winter 2005/2006 [Updated 13th February 2006]

Second batch of photographs added from the Christmas - New Year - Plough Monday season 2005/06.

This collection now includes pictures for the following groups:

Bankside Mummers/The Lions Part, Belvoir Mummers, Bowen Island Black Sheep Mummers (British Columbia, Canada), Calverton Real Ale & Plough Play Preservation Society, Chiddingfold Tipteerers, Company of Owd Oss, Crookham Mummers, Croxley Mummers, Farnborough Mummers, Fylingdales Guizers, Guildford Mummers, Haslemere Mummers, The Long Company, Minstead Mummers, Muskham Pinkies, Sullivan's Sword, and Tollerton Ploughboys.

This collection also has two picture links to galleries on other websites for:

Longford Mummers, and Foresters Morris Menís play.

Lastly there a couple of additional sets for:

Christmas Limerick Competition 2005 [Updated 6th January 2006]

The winning entries from our competition for the best limerick on a folk play theme.

New Home Page Photograph [Updated 4th December 2005]

Photograph of the Wolfville Mummers Troupe, Nova Scotia, Canada, acting in the Newfoundland tradition, New Year's Eve 2004. Photo by Alan Slipp.

Christmas Limerick Competition 2005 [Added 10th November 2005]

The competition is for the best limerick on a folk play theme. The closure date is New Year's Eve 2005, and the prizes have been generously donated by Hedingham Fair.

Photographs of Off-Season Folk Plays 2005 [Updated 16th October 2005]

A new collection of photos has been added, featuring the following groups: Mumbling Mummers, Lodi, California (March), Tewkesbury (St. George's Day), Aughakillymaude Community Mummers (Mid Summer), Sidmouth Mumming Play (July), and The (Insert Name Here) Mummers (August).

In addition, further photos have been added to earlier collections:

New Home Page Photograph [Updated 13th October 2005]

Sidmouth Mumming Play with Lord Nelson. Photo by Duncan Broomhead, July 2005

Traditional Drama Forum No.13 [Updated 1st October 2005]

The latest edition of our online newsletter includes; Mari Lwyd; Leeds Archive of Vernacular Culture; The Derby Tup in Barrow Hill; Distinguished Mummers' sword found; How the Cropwell Ploughboys' costume was made

Restructured Links Section [Updated 21st September 2005]

The Links section has been restructured so that English counties and the other main folk play nations now have their own web pages. The contents page has accordingly been improved with more detail. There are also better options for submitting feedback and new links. The total number of links now stands at over 1,200.

Abstracts for Traditional Drama Conferences [Added 18th July 2005]

Abstracts have been added for most, but not all of the papers in our list of Traditional Drama conferences held between 1978 and 2002.

Character Name Index to Folk Play Scripts [Added 23rd May 2005]

An alphabetical index the the names of characters that appear in our Scripts Collection. This helps you investigate given characters - the places where they appear, and how their names and lines vary. Cast lists in the script cast lists themselves now also have links from the characer names into this index.

Photographs of Pace Eggers, Easter 2005 [Updated 23rd May 2005]

Photographs of Abram Pace Eggers performing during Easter 2005, photographed by Duncan Broomhead

New Home Page Photograph [Updated 23rd April 2005]

North Curry Mummers, Somerset, England. Photo by David Lawrence, Christmas 2004

Traditional Drama Forum No.12 [Updated 3rd March 2005]

The latest edition of our online newsletter includes; News; Mayoral Mummers in St.Albans; A distinguished Mummers' sword; Traditional British drama in Japan; Folk plays on film & video, including a filmography; A Play Text from Penkridge, or Gailey, Staffordshire, by E.C.Cawte

New Home Page Photograph [Updated 1st March 2005]

Pace Eggers at the Fountain, Dent, Cumbria, England. Undated photo, possibly 1920s, courtesy Stuart Manger

Photographs of Folk Plays - Winter 2004/2005 [Updated 23rd January 2005]

Second batch of photographs added from the Christmas - New Year - Plough Monday season 2004/05.

This collection now includes pictures for the following groups: Ashley's Rise, Belvoir, Bowen Island, Chiddingfold, Doncaster, Holbeck Moor, Hudson River, Long Company, Middleton, Minstead, Moulton, North Muskham, Otterbourne, Overton, Owlswick, Redcar, Steyning, Tollerton, & Wolfville.

There are also links to galleries on other website for: Dartmoor, Hammingden, Vancouver, Wantage, & Woodside

Photographs of Folk Plays - Winter 2004/2005 [Updated 16th January 2005]

First batch of photographs added from the Christmas - New Year - Plough Monday season 2004/05.

Photographs of Cheshire Horses & Drivers 2004 [Updated 20th November 2004]

Pictures of the horses in plays performed by Soul Cakers and Soulers from Antrobus, Chester, Comberbach, Halton and Swettenham, around All Souls' Day 2004, photographed by Duncan Broomhead

Traditional Drama Forum No.11 [Updated 23rd October 2004]

The latest edition of our online newsletter includes; News, TDRG meeting report, Carpenter Collection Project News, Photo of Midgley Pace Eggers 1932, and Abram Pace Eggers' answer to the BAFTAs

Traditional Drama Conferences [Added 23rd October 2004]

List of papers and subsequent publications presented to the Traditional Drama Research Group's conferences, Sheffield, 1978 to 2002, plus the Perspectives on Folk Drama conference, Bretton Hall College 1979.

New Folk Play Scripts [Updated 4th October 2004]

21 new texts and fragments have been added to the scripts collection, including our first Old Horse and Derby Tup scripts, and two plays from the Caribbean. These bring the total to about 220 items. The additions are:

Some of the existing scripts have had illustrations and musical scores added. We were not set up to handle these previously.

Updated Books Page [Updated 7th July 2004]

Several new books have beed added to Ron Shuttleworth's annotated list.

Google Site Search Facility Added [Updated 12th June 2004]

The original search facility on the Home Page was decommissioned by the University of Sheffield due to a policy change, and we have replaced it with their recommended alternative - Google's University Site Search. This permits full-text searches of pages within this website.

New Folk Play Scripts [Updated 8th June 2004]

10 new plays have been added to the scripts collection, including our first scripts from the USA. These bring the total to just under 200 items. The additions are:

The online scripts may now include illustrations and musical scores.

Photographs of Pace Eggers, Easter 2004 [Updated 18th April 2004]

Pictures of plays performed by the Heptonstall, Midgley and Brighouse Pace-Eggers during Easter 2004, photographed by Duncan Broomhead

Traditional Drama Forum No.10 [Updated 10th April 2004]

The latest edition of our online newsletter includes; News, the Duke of Cumberland in Mummers' plays, performance review "When Icicles Hang by the Wall", and book review "The Pace-Egg Plays of the Calder Valley"

Traditional Drama Forum No.9 [Updated 4th February 2004]

The latest edition of our online newsletter includes; News, 40 Years of Holbeck Moor Mummers, Formalising the Traditional Drama Research Group, and reviews of Return of the Blue Stots and Folk Drama Studies Today.

Index to Roomer [Added 31st January 2004]

Roomer was the newsletter of the Traditional Drama Research Group between 1980 and 1991, and contained much original research and analysis. This Index has been compiled by Christopher Cawte - one of the compilers of the seminal English Ritual Drama: A Geographical Index (1967). There are several sections, it includes an introduction, a cumulative list of titles for the whole contents of Roomer, an author listing, and indexes to places, subjects and classes of performance.

Photographs of Folk Plays - Winter 2003/2004 [Updated 24th January 2004]

Major updates to the photo galleries. The original Winter collection has been split into two web pages for Christmas and January. These include:

  • Christmas 2003: Abingdon Mummers, Adsborough Mummers, Allington Morris, Bishopswood Mummers, Bowen Island Black Sheep Mummers, Chiddingfold Tipteerers, Christmas Revels (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA), Cold Ash Mummers, Foresters Morris Men, Herga Mummers, Hoxne Hundred Mummers, Marshfield Mummers, Moulton Mummers, Ryknild Rabble, St.Alban's Mummers, and Uttoxeter Guisers
  • January 2004: Belvoir Mummers, Calverton Real Ale & Plough Play Preservation Society, Coleby Plough Jag, Lord Conyer's Morrismen, Muskham Pinkies, Sullivan's Sword, The Alderley Mummers Play, The Long Company, Tollerton Ploughboys, and Yateley Mummers

Restructured Scripts Section [Updated 14th January 2004]

The scripts collection has been restructured with new County and Classified indexes, in addition to the County and Classified lists. The navigation buttons and links have therefore been changed. Also, a new classification scheme has been implemented, based on the one proposed by Peter Millington in his PhD Thesis (2002). The introduction to the collection has been rewritten accordingly.

New Home Page Photograph [Updated 4th January 2004]

Ripon Sword Dancers, Boxing Day 2002. Photo by Heather Hazell. Courtesy of Chas Marshall's website.

Photographs of Folk Plays - Winter 2003/2004 [Updated 4th January 2004]

First photographs added - of the Muskham Pinkies.

Ron Shuttleworth's "Mother of All Wants Lists" [Added 4th January 2004 - Revised July 2004]

A list of items published on English folk plays that Ron Shuttleworth would like to have copies of for the Morris Ring Folk Play Archive.

Revamped Photographic Section [Updated 24th October 2003]

The Photographic section has been redeveloped, mainly so that it can be updated more efficiently, but also to improve its usability and printability. Furthermore, three new collections of photos have been added:

Traditional Drama Forum No.8 [Updated 27th September 2003]

The autumn edition of our online newsletter includes; reports on conferences in Derry and London, the English Licencing Act 2003, D.H.Lawrence and the Guysers, including his Christmas short story A Prelude which includes Guysering in the plot, and an announcement for Folk Drama Studies Today.

New Home Page Photograph [Updated 24th July 2003]

Photograph of Bampton Mummers from the James Madison Carpenter Collection, the online catalogue of which is reviewed in Traditional Drama Forum, No.7

Photographs of Bury Pace Eggers 2002 [Updated 14th April 2003]

Photographs of Bury Pace-Eggers taken during Easter 2002 by Francis Roe

Traditional Drama Forum No.7 [Updated 4th April 2003]

The Easter edition of our online newsletter includes; details on forthcoming conferences, an update on the English Licencing Bill, folk play recording and transcripts at the British Library, more on the Burton upon Stather Plough Jags, and a review or the James Madison Carpenter Collection Online Catalogue.

Traditional Drama Forum No.6 [Updated 22nd January 2003]

This is the new edition of our online newsletter. It includes; news, events, new publications, the English Entertainment Licence debate, the enigma of a Mummers illustration published by W.Sandys in 1852, a report on the International Traditional Drama Conference 2002, and a query about a photograph of the Burton upon Stather Plough Jags.

Updated Links Section [Updated 9th January 2003]

Over 150 new links have been added to this section, bringin the total to about 600 websites arranged under classified headings.

Cumulative Contents to Traditional Drama Forum [Added 20th December 2002]

There is now a cumulative contents list covering every issue of Traditional Drama Forum. In addition, each article is now also available on its own page separate from the relevant full issue, to facilitate printing and linking.

New Folk Play Performances Section [Added 23rd October 2002]

Previously included on an ad hoc basis for particular performing seasons, this section will provide a rolling international schedule of forthcoming folk play performances, arranged geographically. This list relies on information being submitted by performing groups.

New Photographic Section [Added 23rd October 2002]

Following the addition of the Cheshire gallery, all previous photographic pages have been gathered into a new section. This complements the Home Page Picture Archive and pictures that can in found on performers' websites via our Links pages.

Photographs of Cheshire Folk Plays 2000 - 2002 [Updated 23rd October 2002]

Eight photographs of Cheshire folk play groups mostly taken in 2000. They cover Alderley (2002), Antrobus, Chester, Comberbach (2001), Halton, Mobberley, Swettenham and Warburton.

Updated & Restructured Links Section [Updated 29th September 2002]

Following a major update, our Links section now lists over 450 links - more than doubling in size. There has been further refinement of the categories, with each main category having its own page. The online form for suggesting new links has also been improved.

At the time of writing, some of the details are a bit rough, but these should be improved incrementally over the coming weeks.

Updated Books Page [Updated 17th August 2002]

Prepared by Ron Shuttleworth, the annotations now include more locations for texts that are in books.

Traditional Drama Forum No.5 [Updated 29th July 2002]

This is the new edition of our emag. It includes news of a Mumming conference in Ireland in 2003, and an Irish Mumming Research Project. There are articles on the Aughakillymaude Community Mummers visit to Cheshire, and a note on Pace Egging & Mumming in Rochdale, Lancashire. It also includes reviews of books by Eddie Cass and others.

New Home Page Photograph [Updated 17th July 2002]

Photograph of the Aughakillymaude Mummers, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland - courtesy of Duncan Broomhead

International Traditional Drama Conference 2002 [Updated 2nd July 2002]

Programme of papers for the conference on folk drama to be held at the University of Sheffield, England, from the 19th-21st July 2002

Photographs of Pace Egging, Easter 2002 [Updated 28th May 2002]

Two pages of pictures of plays performed by the Heptonstall and Midgley Pace-Eggers during Easter 2002, photographed by John Frearson

New Folk Play Scripts [Updated 4th March 2002]

32 new plays have been added to the scripts collection, and two have been updated, bringing the total to over 180 items. The additions are:

Updated Links Page [Updated 16th January 2002]

40 new links have been added, and 20 more have been updated. A certain amount of rationalisation has taken place so that now over 180 links are available. There is a new section for Folk Plays in Literary Works, and a subsidiary page lists about 100 further Candidate Folk Play Links that we have not yet verified for folk play content.

We would particularly like to thank Chris Little for his effort in helping to locating new links.

Traditional Drama Forum No.4 [Updated 11th December 2001]

This is the new edition of our emag. It includes a provisional agenda for the International Traditional Drama Conference 2002, articles on the Cropwell ploughboys costume of 1893 and Guisering at Somercotes, Derbyshire, and a review of the new book by Eddie Cass on "The The Lancashire Pace-Egg Play".

New URL - www.folkplay.info [Updated December 2001]

The site has a more memorable domain name - www.folkplay.info. The old URLs will continue to work, but we recommend that you change any links or bookmarks/favourites to use the new one.

Winter 2001/2002 [Added 26th November 2001, Archived ?]

A geographic list of folk play performances planned for the Christmas, New Year/Hogmanay, Plough Monday season, 2001/2002.

Morris Ring Folk Play Website [Added 17th November 2001]

These pages - created by Ron Shuttleworth - have been merged from their original location at www.mumming.org.uk. These include an excellent annotated booklist.

Search Facility Added [Added 5th Nov 2001]

The search form at the foot of the Home Page permits full-text searches of pages within this website.

Updated Links Page [Updated 29th October 2001]

38 new links have been added, and a dozen more have been updated. These include Ron Shuttleworth's website for the Morris Ring Folk Plays Archive, and a collection of scripts from Lenore Cowen composed for weddings.

Traditional Drama Forum No.3 [Updated 26th October 2001]

This is the new edition of our emag. It includes a review of the new book by Jim Parle on "The Mummers of Wexford", news about the Traditional Drama Conference 2002 and the Carpenter Collection project, and an article on the the character Dr. Peter Lamb in Hampshire Mummers' plays.

New Folk Play Scripts [Updated 26th October 2001]

4 additions:

Photographs of Pace Eggers, Easter 2001 [Updated 23rd April 2001]

There are three pages of pictures of the Pace Egging plays that were performed at Midgley, Bury, and Heptonstall during Easter 2001, photographed by John Frearson

Traditional Drama Forum No.2 [Updated 11th April 2001]

This edition of our emag has news about research projects and NATCECT, an article on the International Mummers' Festival held at Enniskillen in 2000, a review of the Morris Ring Folk Play Archive, and memories of mummers in Kendal, Westmorland, contributed by a website visitor from New Zealand.

Pace Egging 2001 [Updated 8th April 2001, Archived ?]

Itineraries added for Abram and Furness sides.

Pace Egging 2001 [Updated 4th April 2001, Archived ?]

Updated list of dates and places where folk play groups were expected to be performing Pace-Egg plays during the 2001 Easter season. This now includes times and venues.

Pace Egging 2001 [Added 4th February 2001, Archived ?]

An initial list of dates and places where folk play groups were expected to be performing Pace-Egg plays during the 2001 Easter season. These are mostly in the English Northwest.

Ron Shuttleworth Collection Page [Added 20th January 2001]

This is a temporary web page, describing the Folk Play Archive of the Morris Ring, curated by Ron Shuttleworth. Includes a photo of Ron.

Updated Links Page [Updated 14th January 2001]

Over 30 new links have been added, and the page has been restructured. The links to performers' and local websites have been arranged as a geographical list. Also, the Collections section has been expanded to include links to articles or organisations with an interest in folk plays.

County List of Folk Play Scripts [Updated 8th January 2001]

With 145 script and text fragments available (and rising), this new page lists plays by country and county. It will help you to track down plays from your area.

New Folk Play Scripts [Updated 8th January 2001]

26 further scripts & fragments:

Calvertion Real Ale and Plough Play Preservation Society 2001 [Added 3rd January 2001, Archived 8th January 2001]

This temporary page list the itinerary of the Calverton Plough Play that was performed in pubs in villages to the north and east of Nottingham, England on the 4th to 6th January 2001

"Submit your Interests" Form [Added 8th December 2000]

This is an online form for submitting your personal details and your research interests, for inclusion our list of "Researchers and their Interests".

North American Academic Theses Bibliography [Added 4th December 2000]

A bibliography of theses from North American colleges on traditional drama and related topics, compiled by Paul Smith. It includes non-English forms, and folk themes in literary drama


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