Folk Play Links - Leicestershire, England

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.


001 * Donington-le-Heath Manor: Christmas at the Manor [Annual mummers play]


002 * Bygone Leicestershire [ed. by William Andrews, 1892, pp.117 & 125 - 'Festival Customs in Leicestershire', by Henrietta Ellis - Plough Monday (non-play ?) & Christmas at village [Knighton?] not far from Leicester]
003 * English Children in the Olden Time [2nd edition only ?] [by Elizabeth Godfrey [Jessie Bedford], 1907, pp.151-155, 72 - at Ashby-de-la-Zouch, still - informed by ?; (extract from Yonge; at Purbrook, in childhood - informed by her nurse;) citation of Halliwell; citation of Ewing]
004 * Historical Pageant : Enderby Parish Church Garden Fete in the Hall Grounds on June 16th 1928 [in parish magazine, Aug. 1928 - Scene VI includes "Mummers" with S. George, Turk and Beelzebub.]
005 * Knossington [by [A.B. de Mowbray][wife of the late Rector of Knossington], 1898, pp.67-68 - Christmas "Village Mummers", died out & Plough Monday (non-play ?), lingered longer - Subscription required for British Library 19th Century Collection]
006 * Notices Illustrative of the Drama, and Other Popular Amusements, [Leicester] [by William Kelly, 1865, pp.51-57 - (extract from Marmion, by Sir Walter Scott;) Mummers at Leicester, some five and thirty years ago; some of the villages [unlocated] near Lutterworth "Mummers' Play" text, 1863 - informed by Frederick Goodyer [Chief Constable of Leicestershire] via Mr [John] Deakins [Superintendent of Lutterworth]; (citation of N&Q;) (extract from Popular Year Book, in Sharpe's London Magazine, Vol.I No.10, 3rd Jan. 1846, pp.151-154 - General)]
007 * The Christmas Collection [CD for sale: comp. by Christina Hardyment - Audio of some of the villages [unlocated] near Lutterworth text; (play was performed at East Kennett Primary School)]
008 * The Leicestershire & Rutland Village Book [extract from comp. Leicestershire & Rutland Federation of Women's Institutes, 1989 - 'Ratby']
009 * The Wooing Play in Leicestershire [by E.C. Cawte, in Leicestershire Historian, Vol.2 No.2, Winter 1971 - Spring 1972, pp.5-10, inside cover - at Ab Kettleby; (at Skillington;) at Branston; Stonesby fragment; extract from Sproxton text; Croxton Kerrial fragment; Knipton fragment]

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