THE TRADITIONAL MUMMERS' PLAY IN BRITISH POLITICAL DRAMA: Edward Bond's The Fool (1975) and Vincent Woods' At The Black Pig's Dyke (1992)

Walsh, Martin W.
July 2003
Medieval English Theatre;2003, Vol. 25, p177
Academic Journal
The article discusses the traditional English Mummers' Play, a nearly stagnant form by mid-twentieth century, which experienced a rebirth in the 1960s and 1970s as part of the more general revival of folk dance and song. It explores Alan Brody's "The English Mummers and Their Plays: Traces of Ancient Mystery, published in 1969, which is a typical product of English Mummer's Play's romantic revival, and its subtitle betrays its affinity with the old Cambridge fertility-ritual school. It notes that the Mummers' Play has found its way into the political drama of the era.


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