Picture courtesy of Oxford Mail
left to right: The Noble Dr Good (Martin Foster), Molly (Phil Carmichael), King Alfred (Simon Cooper) and the fallen Beau Slasher (Len Ash)
Mumming is a ritual play that is well over a thousand years old. Whilst it is traditionally associated with the Christmas period (Midwinter Solstice), it is said to be linked with pagan rites showing the triumph of life over death (death and resurrection). Indeed, in other parts of the country they are even performed at Easter and All Souls Day (near Samhain).
The Wantage Mummers Play is based on an old tradition from the nearby village of Steventon. We perform our play on December 26th.
The Wantage Mummers
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