Ampleforth (SE5878), Yorkshire
Mr. Cecil J. Sharp (Auth.)
LOCAL NOTES AND QUERIES: No. 27: THE RETFORD "MYSTERY" PLAY
Letter from Cecil Sharp, in response to having been sent a copy of the play
from East Retford, Notts., published by E.Sutton (1913). He expounds his theory
of the play having come from ancient Greek Tragedy in which the seasons of the
year are enacted. This play symbolises the death and rebirth of the Old Year.
He also mentions the sword dance play from Ampleforth, Yorks., and plugs his
book "Sword Dances of Northern England" Part 3.
Charles Lewsen (Auth.)
The Arts: The English Mummers' Plays
A long generalised article about the mummers' play, containing
several, usually unlocated quotes from plays. The description seems to
rely on E.K.Chambers (1933) and A.Brody (1971). The article contains
three of Alison Helm's drawings - from Meir, Staffs, Stockport, Ches.
and Cornwall. Other plays specifically referred to are Swords, Dublin,
Bassingham, Lincs. and Ampleforth, Yorks.
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