Elmbridge Actors keep ancient Christmas Tradition Alive

QuickfixtheatregroupOn 17 December, actors from Quick Fix Theatre will keep the borough’s ancient tradition of  Christmas ‘Mumming’ alive by performing their modern-day take on a Mummers play, in pubs across Elmbridge.

For one night, a group of actors will set out on a ‘marathon’ performance run, travelling from pub to pub and giving a ten-minute performance at each venue.  As of today, the schedule of performances for the night is as follows but more venues will be added closer to the date:

  • 7:30pm – The Cricketers, Downside Common, Cobham KT11 3NX
  • 8:00pm – The Wheatsheaf, 40 Esher Green, Esher KT10 8AG
  • 8:30pm – The Griffin, 58 Common Rd, Claygate KT10 0HW
  • 9:00pm – The Hare and Hounds, The Green, Claygate KT10 0JL

Mummers plays originated in the middle ages when troupes of actors performed a short folk play – often with a specific theme and a moral message — in exchange for food and shelter during Advent. Some experts even believe the roots of modern pantomime can be traced back to the ancient Mummers.

Quick Fix Theatre, which specialises in high-energy theatrics in tiny public spaces, will use this year’s performances to fundraise for Sparks, a children’s medical research charity.  Sparks is also the Mayor of Elmbridge’s chosen charity for 2015. Last year, the actors raised more than £360 for Princess Alice Hospice and this year they hope to raise more.

To find out about the additional venues at which Mummers Plays will be performed, please follow the theatre group’s Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/quickfixtheatre or visit elmbridge.gov.uk/culture

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