Mumming – a form of stylised street pantomime with a lineage stretching back centuries – is enjoying a revival, with new “mumming teams” springing up spontaneously across the UK. Bath itself now hosts at least two teams of Mummers who regularly perform on St George’s Day and New Year’s Day, as well as some other important civic occasions.
After great success last year with their inaugural event which drew mumming teams and other performers from across the UK, Spain and North America, Bath International Mummers Festival is held this year from the 16th – 18th November. With a mixture of performances, a mumming symposium, informal sessions, workshops, and even a feast, this is set to be a great weekend for those interested in finding out more about the traditions and practices of Mumming, and how the art is being updated.
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