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Folk Plays - January 2004 - Monkseaton Morris Men

Barbara Morris


Monkseaton Morris Men perform on New Years Day 2004 at 12:00 noon outside the Ship Inn, Monkseaton, Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear, England.

Monkseaton Morris Men, The "Nut" of swords is placed over the Musician's head
The "Nut" of swords is placed over the Musician's head
The swords are then drawn out "killing" the Musician
Monkseaton Morris Men, The Doctor and the Clown prepare to try and bring the Musician back to life
The Doctor and the Clown prepare to try and bring the Musician back to life
The Doctor and the Clown prepare to try and bring the Musician back to life

The performance is the Ampleforth Longsword Dance from North Yorkshire, which includes a mummers' play. In the play, the musician, symbolising the old year is "killed" off by the dancing soldiers and then brought back to life by the Clown.


The recommended URL for this web page is www.folkplay.info/Gallery/Monkseaton2004.htm