Retford & Gainsborough Times (1875)
WORKSOP AND DISTRICT NOTES: ONE OR TWO CHRISTMAS NOTES
Retford & Gainsborough Times,
24th Dec.1875, No.347, p.8a
"ONE OR TWO CHRISTMAS NOTES will not be out of place,
for everyone takes an interest in something that relates to
Father Christmas, the younger brother of Father Time.
'MUMMING' is being got ready on all sides. Some of those
wrongly called 'mummers' have been out on their rounds for
a week or more, and when one has heard their performance,
there steals over one the devout wish that they were indeed
'mum'. This Christmas amusement has of late years sadly
degenerated, and it is now a sad hashment of ribaldry and
obscenity, which, luckily, everyone can't understand when
they hear it. I give the opening of one of the best plays
which will be taken round this week and next. Those who
perform can give the play no name except MUMMERING."
There follows 27 lines of text from characters Betsy Beelzebub,
Venture In and St. George. Reference is also made to the Doctor
and Devil Doubt.
Worksop, Notts. (SK5879)
Play; Mummers; Mumming; Mummering; Christmas; Betsy Beelzebub; Venture In; St. George; Doctor; Devil Doubt; Text Fragments
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