Folk Play Links - Caribbean
Compiled by C. Little
Groups listed may be folk club, morris dance or amateur drama groups, as well as traditional performers. Publications listed may be cited, extracted or summarised publications, as well as full text.
There is a vibrant folk play tradition in the Caribbean, centred on the islands of St. Kitts and Nevis. There is a large repertoire of different plays to be found here as part of the 'Christmas Sports'. One of these - the Mummies' play - is similar to the British & Irish Mummers' plays, the Caribbean text having been derived from the composite version published by Juliana Horatia Ewing in the 19th century.
Christmas Sports in St Kitts-Nevis ... two customs observed
[by Peter Bearon & Alison Whitaker, in Musical Traditions
, No.12, Summer 1994 - I: as Mystery Plays in the West Indies
, by Dorothy Harding, in Wide World Magazine
, Vol.VII No.38, May 1901 / II: Christmas Sports observed - Christmas, 1991]
Triennial Program Committee
[in ACASA Newsletter
, Vol.59 Dec. 2000, p.11 - citation of Mumming in St. Kitts-Nevis: Influence of English Mummers' Folk Plays
, by Joan F. McMurray, at ACASA Triennial Symposium
, St Thomas, Virgin Islands]
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