Item BCA - 2018.1367 - Mummers in 1997 and their history explained by Don Rouse

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BCA - 2018.1367


Mummers in 1997 and their history explained by Don Rouse


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pdf of 6 photographs and Don Rouse's written account of the Mummers in Bampton

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The Bampton Mummers perform their play on Christmas Eve in both private houses and in some of the pubs. These photographs were taken in a private house in 1997. There are more than six characters in the play but several people play more than one part, executing a small change of clothing. Back row L-R:- Ken Adams, Don Rouse, Frank Piercy, Jeff Dando; front L-R Callum Taylor and Mathew Green. Don Rouse is the Good Doctor seen bringing the injured back to life. Jeff Dando is playing father Christmas, Callum Taylor is Jack Finney here, Ken Adams is the Royal Apprussia King, Mathew Green is Soldier Bold who announces "Slasher is my name." Frank Piercy is the Bold Little John/Old Tom The Tinker. Some of the costume are very old, in particular the bonnet and shawl used by Tom the Tinker which was in use in the late 1800s and worn then by Shady Wiltshire's dad. Mr Keene the antique dealer (Now The Priory Cottage in Broad St) kitted out the players in somewhat more authentic costumes. I do urge you to read Don Rouse's account which is informative and as always from Don amusing in its presentation.

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