Traditional Drama Forum - No.3 January 2002


Research Projects

In the last issue we announced news of two new projects in the field of folk drama. The first, the cataloguing of the James Madison Carpenter Collection is now up and running. Dr. Julia Bishop of the National Centre for English Cultural Tradition is running this project with a team consisting of David Atkinson, Elaine Bradtke, Eddie Cass, Tom McKean and Bob Walser. Each member of the team will be responsible for dealing with a part of the collection. Elsewhere in this issue is a fuller report on this project by Eddie Cass who is cataloguing the folk plays.

Although we have tried to discover more information on the Irish project which we announced in April, we have failed to add to what we have already announced.

Souling in Cheshire

Duncan Broomhead is currently assembling details of the various souling gangs who will be performing in Cheshire this year. Anybody wishing to know more about the various performances should contact Duncan on +44 (0) 1625 827988.

Traditional Drama Conference - Sheffield, 19th - 21st July 2002

Planning for this conference is now well under way. The following speakers have agreed to present papers.

Duncan Broomhead on the Alderley Play; Christopher Cawte on sword dance plays and Earsdon; Peter Millington on the origins of Quack Doctor plays; Tom Pettitt on dramatic aspects of traditional games, gambols and songs; Mike Preston on the oral and written sources of chapbooks; Peter Robson on Folksongs in Dorset Mummers' Plays; Paul Smith on the Papa Stour play; Lisa Warner on Christmastide death games in Russia; John Widdowson on mummers' plays from Change Islands, Newfoundland. There will also be a presentation of the work of the Carpenter Cataloguing Team which will be well advanced by next July. In addition we are expecting papers from Emily Lyle and Terry Gunnell, titles yet to be settled. The organisers are able to consider offers of further papers for the conference.

Accommodation will be in the Halifax Hall of Residence at the University of Sheffield. The week-end is expected to cost approximately £130 all found. Booking forms will be sent out early in the new year.

For further details of this event, please contact Eddie Cass (


We have news of two new books of interest to drama researchers:

James Parle "The Mummers of Wexford"
Drinagh, Wexford, JJP Publications, 2001

Copies of this publication, which is reviewed in this issue, are available from James Parle at "Pine Grove, Drinagh, Wexford, Republic of Ireland. Price: IR£15: £12 sterling: 19 Euros. Postage is additional - £5 to England and £7.50 surface mail to America.

Eddie Cass "The Lancashire Pace Egg play: A social history"
London: FLS Books, 2001

Copies are available from The Folklore Society, The Warburg Institute, Woburn Square, London, WC1H 0AB. Price £14.95/US$24 including post and packing.

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