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Folklore: US Mummers Play Script Request

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GUEST,cbladey@bcpl.net 18 Nov 03 - 10:00 AM
GUEST,guest, ET 18 Nov 03 - 10:31 AM
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Kent Davis 19 Nov 03 - 12:38 AM
IanC 19 Nov 03 - 07:59 AM
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Subject: Folklore: US Mummers Play Script REquest
From: GUEST,cbladey@bcpl.net
Date: 18 Nov 03 - 10:00 AM

Greetings good folks of many knowledges!

I am working on a project for my US History Class
I need the text of an american mummers play to serve as an example for my students.

I have references to an appalacian play and also another with george washington subnstituted for king george and mention of cooney cracker but no texts!

I have the references for boston....but no texts from there either...

I will be having groups of students fom mummers troupes and compose a mummers play for a period or event in us history....good christmas season project....

Thanks in advance for your help!

Conrad


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Subject: RE: Folklore: US Mummers Play Script REquest
From: GUEST,guest, ET
Date: 18 Nov 03 - 10:31 AM

My best bet is to contact either Colonial Williamsburg since they have a good recreation group also interested in dance/music/entertainment of that period.   Best site I found on Google was www.stringband.com/mummer.htm (hmm, almost on topic here). It sounds like you've already gotten that far.

We did "St. George" several years, and it would probably be very easy to adapt/parody if you have just studied the history background.

Sorry I can't be more helpful. ET


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Subject: RE: Folklore: US Mummers Play Script REquest
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 18 Nov 03 - 11:20 AM

If you leave it with me a short while I can mail you a scan of the Mummers play from Harland and Wilkinsons 'Lancashire Legends' (1870-ish) along with all the comments that go with it. Interested? Let me know here or email me at dpolshaw@hotmail.com

Cheers

Dave the Gnome


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Subject: RE: Folklore: US Mummers Play Script REquest
From: GUEST,cbladey@bcpl.net
Date: 18 Nov 03 - 11:21 AM

Thanks!
I found that one!
.....should be a fun project...
I am a bit surprised that there is no american script as there are several on line references to american mummers plays.

of course mummers plays are highly stylized but still.....

who knows perhaps one will turn up.

I have to do adaptation as we should not probably kill a person or representation of a person so the one killed will be a thing.....

of course I have to steer away from the blackface thing but there are other colors....cant wait to see the girls of my class with costume and paint....

we will be doing this right before christmas....

A good way to study the history of many chapters of the book as once....

Conrad


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Subject: RE: Folklore: US Mummers Play Script REquest
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 18 Nov 03 - 11:57 AM

There are a lot of texts which are not available online, of course; there are only so many hours in the day. Conrad presumably already knows about the best online resource, the Traditional Drama Research Group, but I'll mention it for the benefit of others who may look at this thread. There are no American texts there (though there is one from Newfoundland) but there may be helpful references. Certainly there are a number of unpublished theses listed from American universities, some of which may deal with the tradition as it was found there.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: US Mummers Play Script REquest
From: GUEST,cbladey@bcpl.net
Date: 18 Nov 03 - 12:33 PM

Many thanks!
I have found a few periodical references.
I also have a short reference from the Memorial History of Boston

I also know of the Newfoundland source...

With so many references to an american play or several we should see if we cant get one on line somehow.

Guess that is what I can do when I find a source....

Conrad


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Subject: RE: Folklore: US Mummers Play Script REquest
From: Kent Davis
Date: 19 Nov 03 - 12:38 AM

The first chapter of the book GRANDFATHER TALES (Richard Chase, 1948, Houghton Miflin) is a Mummer's play from the Southern Appalachians. The remainder of the book is mostly folktales, with a few songs (Devil and the Farmer's Wife, Froggy Went A-courtin'), all set within a frame-story of an Old Christmas (January 6) observation in the mountains of North Carolina.


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Subject: RE: Folklore: US Mummers Play Script REquest
From: IanC
Date: 19 Nov 03 - 07:59 AM

Kent

Thanks ... looks like I'll have to take a look at that one!

:-)


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Subject: RE: Folklore: US Mummers Play Script REquest
From: GUEST,cbladey@bcpl.net
Date: 19 Nov 03 - 08:23 AM

Sounds like a good lead.....

Thanks!

Conrad


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Subject: RE: Folklore: US Mummers Play Script REquest
From: Tyke
Date: 19 Nov 03 - 02:36 PM

Here's a link to the Rombolds Mummers site in England. The full play which was originaly from the village of Kirby Longsdale. Has been changed and alterered so that The Dragon is poluting the Earth with it's nucular Power. The Oil Shiek is poluting the beaches and seas and so on have a look for yourself. It should be here at http://website.lineone.net/~aaardvark/index.html


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Subject: Mummers Play in "Grandfather Tales"
From: IanC
Date: 06 Jan 04 - 11:36 AM

Just some information, really.

Kent Davis said:

The first chapter of the book GRANDFATHER TALES (Richard Chase, 1948, Houghton Miflin) is a Mummer's play from the Southern Appalachians. The remainder of the book is mostly folktales, with a few songs (Devil and the Farmer's Wife, Froggy Went A-courtin'), all set within a frame-story of an Old Christmas (January 6) observation in the mountains of North Carolina.

I got Liz to buy me the book for Christmas on the strength of this. It cost about £2.50 (withdrawn from a school library) plus £5 snail mail from the USA.

The book is an excellent collection of folk tales, songs, and the play mentioned. In all cases, sources are given and it's excellent value for the money it cost.

Unfortunately, the sources for the mummers play reveal that it's not quite as simple as "a Mummer's play from the Southern Appalachians". In fact, even though it's still fairly fragmentary, it's actually a loose collation from 3 sources. The first is a turn-of-the (20th) Century description of an Appalachian mummers play. The second is, however, Chambers and the third is some English information about John Barleycorn. On the basis of this, it seems unlikely that much of the action or the dialogue comes from the USA. Unfortunate for me ... I had thought it might be nice for TheAshwell Mummers to do an authentic Appalachian play as our "fun" play one year.

The good news is that I have the reference to the original description, which will - I think - prove interesting.

Best wishes
Ian


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