M. W. M. (Auth.)
FOLK DRAMA: NORTH NOTTINGHAMSHIRE VERSIONS: TWELFTH-TIDE AND PLOUGH MONDAY CUSTOMS
9th Jan.1926, No.21774, p.6a-b
This article starts with an extensive summary of the survival theories of
English folk drama, as propounded by T.F.Ordish, E.K.Chambers and
R.J.E.Tiddy. She then goes in the describe her collecting activities in North
Notts. Her first informant vaguely mentioned "a funny play" being done at
Christmas in Navenby, Lincs. Another mentioned a play performed about 1906 at
Sutton and Lound, Notts., involving a horse's head.
Finally she collected a Plough Monday play from various people in Clayworth,
Notts. She describes the play as collected from "the Doctor", quoting fragments
of text. The characters were; Old Clown, Soldier, a Farmer's Boy, Lady, Old
Eszum Squeezum [probably misprinted], and the Doctor. The full text was printed
in R.J.E.Tiddy (1923).
The article is concluded in M.W.M. (1926b)
Lound, Notts. (SK6986); Sutton, Notts. (SK6784); Navenby, Lincs. (SK9857); Clayworth, Notts. (SK7288)
Perf. about 1906; Publ. 1926
Plays; Dance; Plough Monday; Mummers; Tiddy,R.J.E. (1923); Christmas; Horse's Head; Text Fragments; Old Clown; Soldier; Farmer's Boy; Lady; Old Eszum Squeezum; Doctor
Miss M. W. Marshall (Auth.)
TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00075;
Notts. County library, Local Studies Section, County Folklore Box, L39.9
Last Updated Mar 1989 by Peter Millington.