november 26 to december 10
SATURDAY DECember 10
The Mummers Play Revisited:
A Mummers Festival Workshop
With Gary Green
Thursday, December 8
7:00 - 10:00 pm
Arts & Culture Centre
Join acclaimed mummer, storyteller and author Gary Green for a combination of presentations and practical exercises to create your own version of the mummers play.
The mummers play of King George originated in British community rituals, and was traditionally performed door-to-door in Newfoundland during the Christmas season. Research lists fourteen communities from which texts or fragments have been reported. The text of plays from St. John’s, Change Islands, and Salvage, as well as Port Kirwan - are preseved from printed sources.
This FREE workshop, facilitated by mummer, storyteller and author Gary Green, will look at the texts, costumes and performances of earlier mummers’ plays in Newfoundland and Labrador and how the plays can be adapted for modern day performances. The workshop will consist of both presentations and practical exercises.
This workshop is suitable for those who love the mummering tradition, folklorists, actors, performers, theatre lovers - and anyone else who loves culture and heritage!
Pre-registration is required.
ABOUT OUR FACILITATOR: Mummer, storyteller and author Gary Green has performed provincially, nationally and internationally at a variety of events ranging from youth camps to major festivals. Gary has performed on network television, on radio and in international award winning audio productions. As a member of the mummers’ troupe, The Mummers and Paupers, he co-writes and performs in their skits for various events including the Folk Arts Council’s annual Christmas Wassail of which they are among the longest running acts. He has presented workshops on writing and performing mummers’ plays to school children and adults. Gary is a long-time volunteer and performer with the Mummers Festival.