Darlington Mummers are a revivalist team but with our own 50 year tradition presenting Mummers Plays at Folk Clubs and Festivals; while for many earlier years we simply appeared out of the blue in local pubs. Our stalwart play was long the Pace Egg from Lancaster but for many years now we have performed also a Wooing Play, a Souling Play (featuring Dick the 'oss) and plays from as far as Netley Abbey, Hampshire and as near as Haughton le Skerne. We have also a fine Tup and an Old 'Oss custom. Whilst ever light hearted we are careful never to turn the traditional play into a pantomime.

Some decades ago our seasonal routine was to go out with a play at Christmas around the pubs of Darlington and the pubs of Richmond, sometimes more than one night at one or other town. As pub audiences changed and later pubs closed we knocked this on the head. Later we'd go around a few village pubs near Darlington by request but that wore thin too and our Seasonal outings foundered.

On Friday 28th December 2018 we started at
The Crown, Manfield then to The Black Lion, Richmond
(their Folk Night) and eventually to The Britannia, Darlington.

We did the (local) Haughton le Skerne Sword Dance Play which mercifully does not feature any sword dance.
Particularly well received at the Black Lion by a busy night at the Folk Club.

We meet at the Britannia, Archer St., Darlington DL3 6LR, overlooking the ring road as it joins Bondgate.

Meetings vary. Depends what's on and how much practice we think we need. Next Meeting

We need new members. If you're not too far from Darlo, have a good voice but can't act why not get in touch?


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