26 September: Penny Plain Afloat

Summer Mummers
Summer Mummers

This will be your last chance to see “Summer Mummers” (this year’s Penny Plain Theatre Company show). They’ll be taking a canal boat trip and will be travelling from Skipton to Kildwick.

Known as Hardcastle’s men (and viewed as a dishevelled bunch of travelling Victorian thespians), this summer show will see them arriving very tired and grumpy to reluctantly perform for ‘the hat’ (which is known to be a pastoral selection of dances, folk songs and a Yorkshire Mummers Play).

The show transports the audience back to a bucolic Victorian summer. It will showcase the various talents, from a breathtaking rapper sword dance to a maypole shambles, and will include traditional folk anthems and plenty of summer spirit (of the alcoholic kind!!!).

Andrew Jackson, Company Founding Member, had outlined the fact that spending an afternoon on the canal would be a perfect ending to a very successful tour, and it will also provide the opportunity for The Company to perform the show for locals to enjoy.

The FREE half hour Show will start at 11.15am at The Canal Basin in Skipton before boarding the canal boat.  Then, they’ll travel east on the Leeds-Liverpool canal, where the Company will make a stop to make another performance, the venue being The White Lion based in Kildwick. 2.00pm is their anticipated time of arrival. Boarding again, after returning the boat to Skipton at 5pm, they’ll be travelling on to their final show of the day – which starts at 6pm, and the venue for the final performance is The Tempest Arms, Elslack.

To find out more about the “Summer Mummers” show (and view photographs too) please visit the Penny Plain Theatre website.

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