Folk Play Links - Worcestershire, 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 * Alvechurch Morris [photo; programme]
002 * Bromsgrove Mummers (/ Avoncroft Folk Dance Group) [no longer performing] [photos; script]
003 * Mummers to Tour the Pubs [in Cotswold Journal, 1st Dec. 2005 - about Red-Light Company]
004 * Paescod [Archived]
005 * Shakespeare Morris Men [perform (Bidford-on-Avon,) Broadway, (Weston-sub-Edge & Snowshill) texts; photos; programme]
006 * Wedding of Emma & Wakefield, 2nd May 1999 [Photo of Paescod]
007 * Wyre Mummers / Fox's Morris [photos; programme]

Libraries & Archives

008 * Alex Helm Collection. [Ref. Vol.16/2, pp.251-252v] [extract with letter from W. Taylor to Keith Holland on mummers at Shrawley before 1878-1880]


009 * An English Christmas Play [by Antoinette Taylor, in Journal of American Folk-Lore, Vol.XXII No.86, Oct.-Dec. 1909, pp.389-394 - Broadway text, at least thirty-five years ago - informed by Helen Dorrill [via her father]; (note by G.L. Kittredge - extract from Recollections of Samuel Breck with passages from his note-books (1771-1862), ed. by Horace Elisha Scudder, 1877, pp.35-36 - Boston fragment)]
010 * Modern Mumming [by Cuthbert Bede [Rev Edward Bradley][was Curate of Leigh], in Notes and Queries, 2nd Ser. Vol.XI No.275, 6th Apr. 1861, pp.271-272 - Upper Howsell & Lower Howsell text, 1856]
011 * Rutland Words [coll. by Rev Christopher Wordsworth [was Curate of Alvechurch], 1891, pp.23 - entry for 'Mummers' - (at [Stanford in the Vale];) at [Alvechurch ?]; (Edith Weston [sic] seen at Lyndon - informed by [T.K.B. Nevinson] Rector of Lyndon; 27 - entry for 'Plough Monday'; entry for 'Plough-Witchers')]
012 * The Folk-Lore of a Country Parish [by Cuthbert Bede [Rev Edward Bradley][was Curate of Leigh], in Once a Week, No.30 Vol.II, 21st Jan. 1860, p.75 - "Mumming" at [Upper Howsell & Lower Howsell]]
013 * The Worcestershire Village Book [extract from comp. Worcestershire Federation of Women's Institutes, 199? - 'West Malvern']
014 * Worcestershire [by Leonard J. Wills [born at Barnt Green], 1911, p.133 - at Alvechurch]


015 * Bishampton Barnstormers [Amateur drama group. Past performances include 'Last Tango in Little Grimley. A Dragon for Dinner. A Mummers Play', 1999 ]
016 * Nelson's Column - The Mummers: 'Exit, pursued by a Bear' [Description of Tewkesbury Mummers and proposals for a performance from the Ashton Players]
017 * St George triumphs in Ashton under Hill! [photo and report of the Ashton Players' Mummers' play performed St.George's Day 2003 and at the Dumbledon Fete, August 2003]
018 * [Photo of Badsey Mummers, circa 1950]

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