Here's what's been added to the Master Mummers website recently - plus some folk play news from elsewhere.
- Calverton Ploughboys, Notts., 2011
- Clayworth PloughPlayers, Notts., 2011
- Marshfield Mummers, Gloucestershire, 2010
- Muskham Pinkies, Notts., 2011
- Tollerton Ploughboys, Notts., 2011
Other Folk Play News
- Georgina Boyes
'...our dancers will appear': Popular culture and early records of English traditional dance
Early Dance Lecture,
http://www.earlydancecircle.co.uk/, accessed 3rd Apr.2011. [Click on the 'EDC Lecture' link]
A re-examination of the early history of sword dances, including their associated plays.
- Eddie Cass
Presidential Address given to the Folklore Society, 24th Apr.2009: T.Fairman Ordish and the British Folk Play
Apr.2010, Vo.121, No.1, pp.1-11
A biography of the first folklorist to research folk plays seriously. It leans heavily on earlier biographical work by Paul Smith.
- Eddie Cass
Presidential Address given to the Folklore Society, 28 March 2010: Alex Helm (1920-1970) and his Collection of Folk Performance Material
Apr.2011, Vol.122, No.1, pp.1-15
A biography drawn from from family sources, and from the colleagues with whom Helm compiled major indexes of folk plays, morris dancers, and other customs.
- Alan Gailey
Irish Mummers' Play Texts: Their content and Development - Part 2
2011, Vol.55, pp.1-26
Final part of the article reviewed on the Master Mummers Blog last year (http://mastermummers.org/blog/?p=48). Covers Gailey's arguments and conclusions, and a useful list of the sources used.
- Stephen Miller
"Who wants to see the White Boys Act?": The Mumming Play in the Isle of Man: A Compendium of Sources
[Onchan]: Chiollagh Books, 2011, ISBN 978-1-898613-20-6, 225pp.
A comprehensive collection of source information for Manx folk plays. This will be reviewed on the Master Mummers website shortly.