Symposium Programme 2012

09.00 Panel One: Histories and Movements of Mumming
  Peter Harrop Introduction and welcome
  Bill Tuck Death and resurrection in the English folk play and the Italian commedia.
  Claudia Chapman Mumming in New England
  Lynne Lunde Lost in transportation: Mumming and Australia
11.15 Coffee  
11.45 Panel Two Applied Mumming?
  Dave Hunt Teaching mummers plays in schools
  Anne Gregson The making of a  mummers opera
12.45 Lunch & Displays  
  Ron Shuttleworth Morris Ring Folk Plays Archive
  Duncan Broomhead Traditional Drama Research Group
  Peter Millington
  Grianne Tynan Digital projection & images of mumming
14.00 Panel Three From the horse’s mouth…mummers on mumming
  Maureen James


Case study – Mumming and Peterborough Folk Club
  Ron Shuttleworth Case study: Coventry Mummers
  Peter Millington


Case study: Nottingham’s Owd Oss mummers and their scrapbooks
  Gwilym Davies Case study: Wassail all over the place
16.00 Coffee & tea  
16.15 Plenary session Discussion
  Video Video of The Mummers Opera

You can read abstracts of these papers here


Call for Papers

2nd International Mummers Festival Symposium

Burdells Yard, Bath, Friday November 16th, 2012.

From the horse’s mouth – Mummers talk about mumming.

Following the success of the 2011 symposium we are sending out another call for papers.

Our main focus in 2012 will be on hearing from practicing mummers, those who are out there performing in different parts of the UK, and possibly further afield.  Whether you regard yourself as part of a tradition or revival, or as a creator of new performance that borrows from traditional forms, we are interested in hearing about what you do, where exactly you came across what you do, where you do it, why you do it, when you do it, what people make of it, and how you go about it.  We are interested in hearing about the commonalities and differences, the practices and personalities, the places and the people who engage with mumming.  And we want to hear from the people who do it…from the “horse’s mouth”.   We are looking for presentations, illustrations, or simply talks, of between 10 and 20 minutes.

Please don’t feel we are only interested in ‘formal academic papers’.  As long as we can have – or make a record of – your talk, the symposium team can pull the material together if we decide to publish afterwards.  The important thing for us is having the opportunity to share our understanding and experience of mumming as well as our performances.

However, if you are working in any of the following areas – even if you consider yourself more scholar than mummer – we would also like to hear from you!  We will consider 20 minute presentations in any of these areas:

Connections between mumming and chap book texts

Connections between mumming and staged theatre performance

The dissemination and migration of mumming

Associated performance forms and house visiting traditions

The ethnography of traditional performance

Consideration of the theatre and performance studies ‘gap’ that mumming represents.


Our ideal symposium will mix first hand accounts of mumming with reflections and considerations of this perennially fascinating performance form.

The deadline for expressions of interest is the end of August with confirmation from the panel by the 14th September.


Please contact

Peter Harrop and Dunja Njaradi, University of Chester, Peter Millington, University of Nottingham, on behalf of the 2nd International Mumming Festival.