The New Year's Day mumming play
is their main event of the year.
The Ampleforth sword dance and mumming play
involves the ritual beheading of the musician and then bringing him back to life, a pre-Christian ceremony denoting the killing of the old and the birth of the new year.
It remains uncertain whether the English folk drama known as the mumming play
coexisted with the drama of Shakespeare's age.
THE Wooldale Werewolf returned to Holmfirth last week when the Lydgate Mummers staged a special alfresco mumming play
as part of Holmfirth Arts Festival.
Work with the Holme Valley Sharing Memories Group has led to the production of a traditional mumming play
which is to be performed at Holmfirth Arts Festival in July.
Pupils put on a Mumming play
showcasing folklore legends such as the Wooldale werewolf, dragons and Giant Jack Frost.
Entertainment included demonstrations of pastimes and skills that once filled daily life, including music, dancing and mumming plays
From there Sponsler moves to an examination of the mumming plays
Lydgate created for London's guilds, pointing out the way in which "Lydgate's entertainments for the Mercers and Goldsmiths can be seen as festive interventions into this complex set of relations between London and the continent" (44).
These are some of the characters featured in the long-standing tradition of Christmas Mumming plays
and the Coventry Mummers are touring the county to stage these carefully preserved examples of English ritual drama.
were once common in the villages of Middle England.
Entertainment will include a host of morris dance teams in the Cotswold, North-west and Border styles along with Rapper Dancers and traditional Yorkshire Longsword sides, as well as brass bands, belly dancers and traditional mumming plays
Easter is a traditional time for Morris dancers to perform Pace Egg plays - similar to the Mumming plays
performed at Christmas.