MUMMERS – Christmastime 2018
19th December 2018 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm| Free
Oxford City Morris perform their traditional and amusing Christmas Mummers Play!
Lasting about 10 minutes, it is performed anywhere but a theatre, maybe a back street, waste recycling centre, cemetery and occasionally they’re allowed in a public house.
This is your opportunity to meet Father Christmas, St. George (hooray!), the Turkish knight (boooo!), the doctor, Mr. John Finney, the parson’s nose, Beelzebub and an old woman!
To follow their debatable acting skills they drink ale, play music and possibly sing.
A frying pan to collect donations for a local charity, this year Be Free YC, is passed around for those who wish to contribute and hopefully bring the evening to as quick a close as possible.
NB: This is not a nativity play and is unsuitable for children under 5 or those of a sensitive or artistic disposition.
Mummers sometimes wear face-obscuring hats or masks. In 1418 a law was passed forbidding “mumming, plays, interludes or any other disguisings with any feigned beards, painted visors, deformed or coloured visages in any wise, upon pain of imprisonment”. When was it repealed? … and more to the point, why?
The cast this evening were:
Father Christmas – George
St George – Geoff
Turkey Knight – Graham
Doctor – Ted
Jack Finney- Malcolm
Parsons Nose – Jimmy
Old Woman – Mark Fry
Father Christmas and Jack Finney managed to avoid photographer Graham White. We thank Graham for sharing his photographs with us.
A fun evening was had and a reasonable quantity of cash raised for the charity Young Carers.
It is now officially Christmas as I’ve been mumming.
Hero’s were cheered and villains were booed, the ever grasping doctor was paid off in chocolate euro’s
It also looks like the battle was fierce and the Parsons nose was having fun.
Ted (AKA Doctor and Fool)