Bath International Mummers Festival 2012 - Authors' Biographies

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Claudia Chapman

'The dissemination and migration of mumming'

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Last year, Claudia conversed on stage with Steve Rowley about 'The Hat City Mummers, Danbury, Connecticut'

Gwilym Davies

'Case study: Wassail all over the place'

Despite his Welsh name and ancestry, Gwilym Davies is a Hampshire man who has been resident in Gloucestershire since the 1970s. He is an experienced singer of traditional songs and, when not singing unaccompanied, accompanies himself on melodeon, concertina, banjo or guitar. For more than 30 years, Gwilym has been tracking down and recording traditional singers, and more that half his repertoire is based on songs from those singers.

Anne Gregson

'The Making of a Mummers Opera'

Anne Gregson is a music student at Bath Spa University and semi-professional folk singer and concertina player.

Peter Harrop

'Mumming past, present, future - what are we looking for?'

Peter Harrop is Professor of Drama, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Provost (Warrington), at Chester University. He has taught acting, devising, directing and applied theatre in universities in Africa, Asia, Europe and the USA and has directed/devised some fifty productions including Pinero's The Magistrate (in Amharic) at the Municipality Theatre in Addis Ababa, Berkoff's adaptation of Poe's Fall of the House of Usher at the Guinness Studio in Singapore, and sections of the Wakefield mystery play cycle at Fountains Abbey with an American cast.

He is interested in theatre history and performance anthropology, the confluence of ideas that underpins performance studies, and the performance of custom and folklore.

Last year, Peter spoke on 'The Antrobus Soul Cakers'

Dave Hunt

'Teaching Mummers' plays in schools'

Dave Hunt is Director of Sunshine Arts - professional entertainers/educators who produce Mummers Plays, costumes and props - working with children/adults in schools,at folk festivals, community events and celebrations. Famed for their Mum and Tuk productions. - English Mummers Plays meet Tuk Band, Play Characters and Landship Dance from Barbados.

Maureen James

'Case study: Mumming and Peterborough Folk Club'

Maureen James is presently completing a Doctoral thesis on the Legends of the Lincolnshire Carrs, for which she has researched the folktales, folklore and history of North Lincolnshire. She is also a writer, teacher and historical storyteller.

Lynn Lunde

'Lost in Transportation: Mumming and Australia'

Lynn Lunde was a founder member with Chris Brookes of the famous Mummers Troupe, best known for their performances of the Traditional Newfoundland Christmas Mummers Play every December from 1972 to 1982. They also engaged both Newfoundland and national Candian audiences with collective community-based theatrical creations that were very often politically controversial. The Mummers Troupe founded the Resource Centre for the Arts, and helped purchase, renovate and develop the LSPU Hall as a downtown St. John's performance centre.

Last year, Lynn spoke on 'Illegal acts in disguise: Mumming as a component of collective social action in 19th century Newfoundland'

Peter Millington

'Nottingham's Owd Oss Mummers and their Scrapbooks'

Peter Millington has been researching British and Irish folk drama for 40 years, and gained his PhD from the University of Sheffield in 2002 for his thesis The Origins and Development of English Folk Plays. He founded the Traditional Drama Research Group's website, and currently runs the Master Mummers website

Last year, Peter spoke with Caspar James on 'Mummies and Masquerades: English and Caribbean Connections'

Ron Shuttleworth 'Case study: Coventry Mummers'

Ron Shuttleworth is the Morris Ring's Folk Play Archivist.

Bill Tuck

'Death and resurrection' in the English Folk Play and Italian Commedia

Bill Tuck is a director of theatre company Chalemie and performs in commedia with Barry Grantham's Intentions Commedia Company. He also has considerable experience as a musician in a number of fields. An interest in early music led him to study baroque flute at the Guildhall School of Music in London and then to become involved in the problems of stage production of early music theatre and dance. At the same time he pursued an academic career as research fellow and lecturer in several universities. Since retiring from UCL several years ago he has devoted himself entirely to musical and theatrical interests. He holds a PhD in Mathematics and an OU Diploma in Music.

Last year, Bill spoke on 'Experiments in the reconstruction of early 18th century English pantomime'

See also the symposium's Programme, Abstracts, Symposium photographs, and general Festival photographs.
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