|Traditional Drama Forum - No.5||July 2002|
Aughakillymaude Community Mummers Visit Cheshire
The Aughakillymaude Community Mummers from County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland visited Cheshire from Friday 28th June to Tuesday 2nd July 2002, for a weekend of Traditional Dance & Drama. This was only the second time Aughakillymaude have been to England and the first to the North West in what proved to be a full and varied weekend involving a mix of public performances and workshops for local schoolchildren.
Left to right: Miss Funny - Jack Straw - Big Head
and Little Wit - Jenny Wren - Captain Mummer - White Ned - St Patrick.
Sunday 31st June 2002 at Quarry Bank Mill, Styal. - Photo: Duncan Broomhead
Standing, Left to right: Miss Funny - Doctor Good and
Sure - Big Head and Little Wit (hat only) -
Auld Dolan - White Ned - Jack Straw - St Patrick. - On the floor: The Bold Slasher
Saturday 30th June 2002 at Macclesfield - first performance of the day - Photo: Duncan Broomhead
Many of the Mummers wear the straw costumes and high conical straw hats that are such a feature of mumming from Fermanagh. Their performance involves a Hero Combat Play interspersed with singing, dancing and music.
Jack Straw, with (in background, left to right):
Miss Funny - Big Head and Little Wit - Auld Dolan
Dancing, Big Head and Little Wit (without hat)
Hats off for dancing. Left to right: Big Head and
Little Wit with Beelzebub - Jack Straw with Mrs Dane - Miss Funny with Jenny Wren
- Irish Calin with Doctor Good and Sure.
They were guests of Adlington Morris Men, the event was funded by a grant from the 'National Lottery Awards for All' programme.
[See also Duncan's account of the Aughakillymaude Community Mummers at the Enniskillen Mumming Festival in 2000, in Traditional Drama Forum No.2.]
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