Bibliography of Nottinghamshire Folk Plays & Related Customs

E.L.Guilford Collection (1922, R.Ramsden)

*Robert Ramsden (Col.)
*[Christmas Old Tup and Old 'Oss plays from Carlton, Notts.]
E.L.Guilford Collection, *31st Jul.1922, M99 11/1 & 2

*Letter describing the Tup plays then current in Carlton[-in-Lindrick], Notts. The Moming plays were performed at Christmas and were entitled "The Tup's Head" or "The Old Tup". The full text (91 lines) has the characters; Tup, Soldier, Leader, Sally and Butcher/John. There is an introductory verse and four verses about the size of the Tup. There is then a dialogue in which the Soldier buys the Tup from the Leader, and Sally calls on the Butcher to stick it. The final six verses descibe what happened when the Tup was killed, and what use his body parts were put to.

It is also noted that an "Old 'Oss" or "'Osses 'Ead" play was performed at Christmas up to 1907

Index Terms:
Locations: *Carlton, Notts. (SK5984)
Years: *Perf. 1922; Perf. 1907
Subjects: *Moming; Plays; Christmas; "The Tup's Head"; "The Old Tup"; Full Text; Tup; Soldier; Leader; Sally; Butcher; John; "Old 'Oss"; "'Osses 'Ead"
People: Mr. E. L. Guilford (Col.); Everard Leaver Guilford (Col.)
Archives: Ref.: TD00447; A.S.Buxton Collection, Buff notebook, pp.60-67

Indexed by Peter Millington. Last updated Mar.2005

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