Bibliography of Nottinghamshire Folk Plays & Related Customs

R.Meynell (1957/58)

Rosemary Meynell (Auth.)
Come, Brave Bow Slash and his men [Three Derbys. Guisers' plays]
Derbyshire Countryside, Dec.1957/Jan.1958, Vol.23, No.1, pp.22-23,35

A remarkable article describing and giving the texts of three Derbyshire Guisers' (Guisering) plays, and fragments of a fourth. These are;

(1) Play performed about 1897 at Horsley, written down by Mr. Jim Burton of Lower Kilburn. The characters were No. One, No. Two/Bow Slash, No. Three/Doctor, No. Four/Old Belzebub

(2) Play written down by Mr. G. Gibson of Breaston, and performed in the Hilton district. It was taken to "locals" at Marston, Hoon, Hilton and Egginton on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. The characters were Bulguyar, King George, Woman, Doctor, Belzebub/Bel-ze-bub, Mr. Miller

(3) Play performed at Kirk Hallam about 1907, and written down by Mr. James Carrier. The characters were First Guiser/Opener, King George, Young Turk, Princess of Paradise, Doctor/Doctor M.D. Brown and Betsy Betsy Belzebub

(4) Brief recollections of the authoress of Guisers visiting Coxbench from Holbrook performed sometime after 1918. The characters included, Prince, Doctor, Bold Robin Hood, and a Suffragette.

Index Terms:
Locations: Horsley, Derbys. (SK3744); Lower Kilburn, Derbys. (SK3845); Breaston, Derbys. (SK4533); Hilton, Derbys. (SK2430); Marston, Derbys. (SK2329); Hoon, Derbys. (SK2331); Egginton, Derbys. (SK2628); Coxbench, Derbys. (SK3743); Holbrook, Derbys. (SK3645); Kirk Hallam, Derbys. (SK4540)
Years: Perf. about 1897; Perf. about 1907; Perf. about 1918; Publ. 1957/1958
Subjects: Plays; Full Texts; Text Fragments; Guisers; Guisering; No. One; No. Two; Bow Slash; No. Three; Doctor; No. Four; Old Belzebub; Christmas Eve; Christmas Day; Boxing Day; Bulguyar; King George; Woman; Belzebub; Bel-ze-bub; Mr. Miller; First Guiser; Opener; Young Turk; Princess of Paradise; Doctor M.D. Brown; Betsy Betsy Belzebub; Prince; Bold Robin Hood; Suffragette; Itinerary
People: Mr. Jim Burton (Perf.); Mr. G. Gibson (Perf.); Mr. James Carrier (Perf.)
Archives: Ref.: TD00289

Indexed by Peter Millington. Last updated Jul.2003

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