S.Race Collection (1924, J.P.Scothorne)
[Capt. J. P. Scothorne] (Col.); Sydney Race (Col.)
Selston Version [Christmas Play from Bagthorpe, Notts.]
Col. about Jan.1924
Typescript of a Christmas play text (62 lines), with the characters were;
Fool, St. George, Slasher, Doctor, Belzebub/Beelzebub and Devil Doubt. The
typescript has been marked up for publication, and a hand written five line
song at the end may not have been part of the original.
There is little identification with the text, although it clearly tallies with
the text quoted extensively in S.R. (1924). The hand written heading on the
text gives its location as Selston, and in his publications, S.Race also
describes it coming from Selston. However, S.R. (1924) says that the text was
taken down by Capt. Scothorne from pupils of the school in Bagthorpe, Notts.,
at which he was teaching. Selston is a neighbouring village, and it seems
unlikely that children from Selston would have gone to school in
Bagthorpe. S.R. (1924) states that the custom was still current, so it would
have been the version performed in 1923.
In the collection, this text is attached to the manuscript of a short article
intended for publication in a newspaper. This is annotated "Wkly 2/2/46", but
no published version has yet been found (see S.Race, 1946).
Bagthorpe, Notts. (SK4751); Selston, Notts. (SK4553)
Christmas; Play; Full Text; Fool; St. George; Slasher; Doctor; Beelzebub; Belzebub; Devil Doubt
TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00442
Last Updated Jan 1992 by Peter Millington.