Every year since 1978 the Frome Valley Morris Mummers have performed an action packed mummers play which up until 1936 was originally performed at Broadwey near Weymouth. Their bright costumes with colourful streamers hanging down over the face for disguise are based on the actual costumes worn at the time. The Frome Valley Morris based their costumes, on the ones used by the Hardy Players in their production of Thomas Hardy's 'The Return of the Native' .
The Frome Valley Morris Mummers specialise in turning up at a venue, entering and performing the play. The first the surprised audience knows is the unexpected entrance of the Announcer, followed by each character in turn introducing themselves Father Christmas, Saint George, A Turkish Knight, A Doctor, Beelzebub, Jack Vinney (A Village Idiot). This does not usually stop anyone watching joining in with the spirit of the play with interactive cheers and good humour.
In 2007 Dark Dorset followed the Frome Valley Morris Men as they performed there end of year Mummers Play at a variety of venues in Dorset. The video below was taken at The White Horse, Litton Cheney on 22nd of December 2007.
This year the Frome Valley Morris Mummers will be appearing tomorrow at the following venues:
Winter Solstice - Thursday 22nd December 2011
- 7.00pm - The Elm Tree Inn, Langton Herring
- 7.45pm - The Crown, Puncknowle
- 8.30pm - The White Horse, Litton Cheney
- 10.00pm - The New Inn, Shipton Gorge
More information about the Frome Valley Morris and there performances visit:
N.B. The information above has been compiled with the best of intentions and I am afraid we cannot accept any responsibility for any of these events being cancelled or venue changed. Always phone before you set out on your journey, especially if you are travelling long distances.