Frome Valley Morris Mummers
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.
This year events in which the group will be appearing:
- Sun Dec 6th - Wyke Regis Christmas Fair - Wyke Square at 1.30pm
- Fri Dec 11th - Portland Christmas Event - Easton Square at 6.30pm
- Thurs Dec 17th - The Wise Man Inn, West Stafford, near Dorchester at 7.45pm
- Sun Dec 20th - Portland Museum in the afternoon
Above: The Mummers, as remembered by Thomas Hardy for the Mummers' play in the 'Return of the Native' performed in Dorchester in 1920. The Frome Valley Morris based theirs costumes, on the ones used by the Hardy players, originally designed from a sketch by Hardy.
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.
Read more about Christmas Mummers on our website
Above: 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.