The website of the Traditional Drama Research Group


Welcome to the 2018 redesigned Folk Play Research website, the website of the Traditional Drama Research Group (TDRG). Here you will find an essay about the mummers' play, and a variety of resources including a bibliography, a selection of texts and contexts of performance, conference papers and scanned booklets of county-based and genre-based references. There are also details of some of the major collections of information about mummers' plays, and a small gallery of photographs. All the past issues of Roomer newsletter are available, containing much important information on traditional drama. 

This website is hosted by the Traditional Drama Research Group, an affiliation of informed European and North American scholars and practitioners with a fascination for a particular form of drama.  Sometimes called traditional drama, sometimes referred to as the folk play, and known by many as the mummers’ play, the terms cover a range of seasonal performance that almost certainly originated in Britain and Ireland but has a diaspora that encompasses parts of Canada, the Caribbean and the USA.Read more