RE: [TheCostumersManifesto] Mummers Costumes
If I understand your original request correctly, you are looking to costume
a production of Romeo and Juliet set in 1970s Northern Ireland. As others
have said, Halloween was not then and is still not really celebrated in the
UK (it's growing a bit, but you'd almost hardly notice it). I'm not sure
what mummers do in a parade in America, but in the UK, mummers perform
ritualised plays usually at Christmastime (sort of like the medieval mystery
plays, but pagan instead of Christian). It's not really a time for general
costuming, just the performers are in costume. The costumes vary from
things related to Morris dancers' costumes to straw outfits which look very
Here are some links about the mummers' plays, some including pictures of
I hope this is helpful, even if mumming might not be quite the right thing
for your play. You could always just have them do a fancy dress party
(which is what we call a costume party over here), where they could wear
costumes appropriate to the 1970s.
Good luck with this project,
From: Mitchell, Sarah B [mailto:Sarah.Mitchell@...]
Sent: 28 February 2004 21:52
Subject: [TheCostumersManifesto] Mummers Costumes
Hello again! I wrote before about N. Ireland Halloween costumes and your
opinions were most considerate. I am now trying to find out about mummers
and mummery costumes from North Ireland. I was wondering if anyone out there
would know what materials and hopefully pictures of Mummers costume. I am
already familiar with the Philiadelphia mummer's parade, but I need costumes
that arent as "flashy" since they're in a parade. Thanks so much!
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