Mummers

The Long Company Mummers are a well established team of players who delight audiences with their traditional play on only four nights of the year.

The play itself is an amalgam of traditional texts which have been selected by each player to be the best representation of their character.

The characters are King Christmas, St George, The Prince of  Paradine, Common Jack, The Doctor and Beelzebub.

Supported by a band of musicians, the players arrive from the dark, deliver their seasonal play by lantern light, and disappear back into the night.

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Each performance is followed by a music session in the pub, featuring songs, tunes and seasonal novelties performed by the assembled company.

 

January 2017:

What better way to welcome in the New Year than with the Long Company Mummers?

The Long Company Mummers: Left to Right: Common Jack, St. George, King Christmas, Prince of Paradine, The Doctor, Beelzebub. (Photo: Andy Day)

The Long Company Mummers have completed their 4 appearances in 2017 with a performance at the picturesque Olde Bridge Inn in Ripponden on 12th night, watched by over 200 people. The performance finished with a spectacular firework display as the Mummers disappeared into the night, not to be seen again until January 2018.  Afterwards the song and music session in the bottom bar was heaving with singers, musicians, and dancers, some of whom had travelled from places far away from the Calder Valley – Sheffield, Lincolnshire, and even Lancashire!

St. George battles it out with the Prince of Paradine (Photo: Andy Day)
The Doctor comes to heal St. George of his wounds. (Photo: Andy Day)
Look out behind you! Beelzebub comes in for the final reckoning. (Photo: Andy Day)

The Mummers’ first 3 performances were at the Navigation Inn in Sowerby Bridge, the Hinchliffe Arms in Cragg Vale, and the Alma Inn in Cottonstones. All were lively gatherings, with songs and tunes inside the pubs afterwards. We thank all the staff for welcoming us to their pubs for these traditional English seasonal performances.


January 2016:

The Long Company  performed their Mummers play at the Alma Inn, the Navigation Inn, the Hinchliffe Arms, and the Old Bridge Inn to the delight of assembled onlookers. We are delighted to announce that, thanks to the generosity of the audiences, the collection of £300 has been donated to Calderdale Flood Relief.

DSC09930    Bruce


January 2015:

We’ll all join hands and never fight again
We’ll sweep away the Old Year and bring the New Year in!

Long Company 6thphoto © Janet Hale

Many thanks to all who came to see the 2015 New Year in with Long Company. Cheering, booing, heckling, singing, dancing, playing – however you took part – thank you.
Now we’ll see what the rest of the year will bring.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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