Annual Yule season Mummers Play
    - "In comes I."
A small cast of self-introducing, two-dimensional
characters, a love interest, conflict, fight!, death :(
a Quack Doctor (yeah!), a "secret", dancing!, songs!
& good wishes for the New Year. Oh, & a Horse :)

and, based on a text by Ellington Morris, Maidenhead, Berkshire, and Wikipedia

"Mummers' Plays (also known as mumming) are seasonal folk plays performed by troupes of actors known as mummers or guisers originally from England and Northern Ireland but later in other parts of the world. The groups performing the play were normally from a village and each village had a slightly different version of the play. To most groups, mumming was a way of raising extra money for Christmas and the play was taken round the big houses, and sometimes performed in the street and in public houses.

Although the term 'mummers' has been used since medieval times, no play scripts or performance details survive from that era, and the term may have been used loosely to describe performers of several different kinds. Mumming may have precedents in German and French carnival customs, with rare but close parallels also in late medieval England.

Although usually broadly comic performances, the plays seem to be based on underlying themes of duality and resurrection and generally involve a battle between two or more characters, perhaps representing good against evil, or the death of the old year and the birth of the new.

The central incident is the killing and restoring to life of one of the characters; the hero sometimes kills and sometimes is killed by his opponent. The defining feature of mumming plays is the Doctor, who has a magic potion which is able to resuscitate a slain character.

It is not known how old the mumming play is, although contemporary references to it begin to appear in the mid-18th century. Mumming, at any rate in the South of England, had its heyday at the end of the nineteenth century and the earliest years of the 20th century. but it largely died out with the onset of the first world war. In the second half of the twentieth century many groups were revived, mostly by folk music and dance enthusiasts."

For yet more good background on Mummers plays visit Master Mummers, the website for performers and researchers of mummers', guisers' and other folk plays


Our Mummers Play

Quicksbottom Morris - Yule Mummers play, Bastion Square, Victoria, BC - "It looks just like you!" Quicksbottom Morris - Yule Mummers play, Bastion Square, Victoria, BC -

The Quicksbottom play has been cobbled together from a variety of sources, including the Plough plays of the East Midlands of England, whence come such characters as the Recruiting Sergeant, Tom Fool, Dame Jane (RIP) and "the Lady, bright and gay"

Quicksbottom Morris - Yule Mummers play, Bastion Square, Victoria, BC - Quicksbottom Morris - Yule Mummers play, Bastion Square, Victoria, BC -

We include attentions to the Yule Season, Boxing Day, Plough Play intimations and Apple Orchard Wassailing. A full West Coast basket of fun

You may engage us for private, and community parties and events. Orchards Wassailed, with or without the play. Introduce us to your pub, publican, it's patrons and pints!

You will find our play has changed a bit over time - what a living tradition, and confusion - is all about

Some video to get you by until you get to see us live!

December 2013 - Crashing, err, invited to a Victoria English Country Dance weekly dance evening [Vimeo]

New Years Day 2010 - Maritime Museum of British Columbia - New Years Day Levee
In the Admiralty Courtroom. Part 1 & Part 2 [YouTube]

New Years Eve 2008 - private party bootleg, players somewhat "dressed down" and ad libbing to die Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 [YouTube]

New Years Day 2007 - Bastion Square, Victoria, with a St. George(gina), and flaming redhead Behelzebub, also ad libbing for fun and time BC Part 1, Part 2 [YouTube]

New Years Day 2007 - Maritime Museum of British Columbia - New Years Day Levee
Admiralty Courtroom Part 1, Part 2 [YouTube]

Where an' when to stand us a pint, err . . . catch the play!

Alternatively view our Schedule page, Facebook page or our page at the Master Mummers site (where you may look up other groups and performances)

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[24 hour time? Yes, it's pretty straightforward and much quicker to write and understand compared to all that AMing and PMing. Take the time, say 1700, subtract (-) 2, (really 12, however who are we kidding) and you have . . . 5:00 p.m. Unambiguous too]