Sheffield, West Riding (SK3587), Yorkshire

D.Kennedy (1945)

*Douglas Kennedy (Auth.)
*The Christmas Mummers Play
*John O'London's Weekly, 12th Jan.1945, p.145

*Full script of the play of the Derby Tup or Ram, performed in the villages around Sheffield at Christmas time, written down by Gilbert Hemmingfield. The characters are: Tup, Me and Our Old Lass/Me and Our Owd Lass, Beelzebub, Devil-Doubt, Rolling-Tolling-Tippling-Tom, Butcher/Sir Good, and Doctor.

The play starts with Me and Our Owd Lass walking round the tup and introducing the play. Beelzebub enters and tells of his sons. Devil Doubt enters and asks for money. Tom enters and says what he has seen. He then says a bit of tangle-talk. The Butcher enters and boasts of his skill and sticks the tup. Doctor enters and cure the tup with medicine. The song is sung. Five verses describe the size of the tup, and five say what happened once it was killed. Ends with "We wish you a merry".

I.T.Jones Collection (1981, F.J.Flaherty - a)

Mrs. F. J. Flaherty (Inf.)
Sheffield, Yorks: Questionnaire from Mrs F.J.Flaherty 14/1/81
I.T.Jones Collection, Com. 14th Jan.1981, Ref.K12-1

Questionnaire dated 14/1/81 from Mrs F.J.Flaherty, aged 72, of North Wheatley, Retford. She remembers groups of children performing the Derby Tup on Boxing Day in the yards of terraced houses in Sheffield. Her husband can remember it 70 years previously and the last time they remembered it was 1932. She quotes 22 lines of song. Characters included the Butcher and his wife.

I.T.Jones Collection (1981, F.J.Flaherty - b)

Mrs. F. J. Flaherty (Inf.)
Sheffield, Yorks: Letter to Mrs Flaherty 21/1/81
I.T.Jones Collection, Com. 21st Jan.1981, Ref.K12-2

Transcript of letter to Mrs Flaherty dated 21/1/81 thanking her for her letter and asking follow-up questions.

I.T.Jones Collection (1981, F.J.Flaherty - c)

Mrs. F. J. Flaherty (Inf.)
Sheffield, Yorks: Letter from Mrs Flaherty 31/1/81
I.T.Jones Collection, Com. 31st Jan.1981, Ref.K12-3

Letter dated 31/1/81 from Mrs Flaherty giving information additional to that in her questionnaire (TD00681)

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