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WINTER SOLSTICE – THE MUMMERS RETURN!
“Dust your lamps! Prime your wicks! Make ready your tankards! The Long Night draws near! Now is the time for mists, magic, merriment, mayhem and Mummers!” cries The Speaker.
For ONE NIGHT ONLY, the Rendham Mummers (“still never knowingly over rehearsed!”) perform their latest play and seasonal offering, “A Mummer’s Christmas Carol”, taking place beneath the ‘Sacred Oak’ on Rendham Knoll on Thursday 21st December 7.30pm. It’s an experience not to be missed!
It is suggested that, as Victorians sought to adopt new customs at Christmas, the writer Charles Dickens took inspiration from some of the old Pagan beliefs, particularly relating to Winter Solstice – the Night of Spirits and Ghosts – for his well known book “A Christmas Carol”; possibly the best and most loved of Christmas tales. But was Dickens really in Rendham, and the scriptwriter for this recently discovered ancient Mummers’ play? And, which tale came first? However, if you believe this, you are as likely to believe the claim that the Spirits will walk this night of magic!
Why not come and join the Mummers in their celebration of the rebirth of the sun? Seasonal refreshments, including winter punch and warm pulled pork rolls, are available from 6.30pm.
The traditional Hat Collection, taken at the end of the performance, will be donated to IPSWICH OUTREACH BUS, which seeks to make a difference to the lives of the Homeless and those in need.
A torchlight procession follows, as the Straw Cart and rider/s are pulled down to the Rendham White Horse – so please bring lanterns and torches. Parking is available in the recreation field in Bruisyard Road (opposite the pub).
To date, the Rendham Mummers have performed fourteen plays, raising thousands of pounds for local charities thanks to the generosity of their supporters. Maybe they will see you there…
For more information see their Facebook page.