Elston (SK7548), Nottinghamshire

Newark Advertiser (1976c)

[Anon.] (Auth.)
Mummer's play [written for villages near Newark, Notts.]
*Newark Advertiser, 6th Mar. 1976

"A MUMMERS' play written specially for the villages of Elston, Syerston, Sibthorpe and East Stoke by Mr Dennis Essex, a retired school teacher of Village Way, Farndon, was produced by him in All Saints' Church, Elston, on Sunday.

Those taking part were Mr Joe Fielding, headmaster of St Peter's Church of England School, Farndon three members of his staff - Mr Ron Cooper, Mr Ed Hallinan and Mr Chris Ward - and Mr Cooper's wife Audrey and daughter Alison."

P.Spratley (1977) pp.9-17

Philip Spratley (Auth.)
P.Spratley (1977), pp.9-17

A composite full text (146 lines) and tune of a Ploughboys play. The characters are; Tom Fool/Tommy, Sergeant, Farmer's Man, Lady, Beelzebub/Murphy, Bold Black/Mr. Black and Doctor.

The text is based on one from Foston, Lincs., provided by Mrs. Brieant. This would appear to be the same text held in the Morris Ring Collection (1956, C.M.Bryant). However, there are minor differences which presumably relate to material collected from people in the large list of informants and performers.

The accompanying description includes a tangled list of who said or did what where. Foston, Lincs., had its own Plough-boys play until the 1930s. Long Bennington, Lincs., may have only been visited by the Elston team, until the 1930s, rather than had its own team. Staunton Ploughboys last performed in 1927 or 1928, with a fund raising revival in 1936 or 1937. A list of people who performed in the Foston play provided by Mrs. Brieant is given after the text.

* indicates data that not yet been validated against the original source and/or has yet to be completely indexed.