BOOK CHESHIRE HOTELS

Join in

Send page to a friend

3210 views since 11th March 2011

Related links:

Events | Lore & Legend | Rather Interesting | Cultural Britain

Featured Destination

January 2018: Get Fit on the North York Moors

January is the traditional month for regretting the excesses of December and promising yourself – and others – that this year you are definitely going ...More
More Uk destinations

Antrobus Soulcaking, Cheshire

Antrobus south of Warrington is a village of fewer than a thousand souls, but several of them are soulcakers too, guardians of a proud (well, maybe more loud and enjoyable than proud) dramatic tradition with performances taking place on the days around Halloween.
Any ‘drama’ group that has as its base a pub cannot be all bad; one that also performs mainly in such hostelries is to be highly recommended. Enter the Antrobus Soulcakers; more pint of Guinness than Alec Guinness ?
Soulcaking is a form of mumming, complete with sword fight, strange costumes allegedly in character, Beelzebub, The Black Prince and the Doctor who revives him, and King George among others, but with the differentiating presence too of the Wild Horse and Driver, one man and his dobbin causing mayhem and merriment as the piece nears its climax.
Mummers are not famed for method acting, but they are good fun. And a wonderful link with our past too, particularly so as regards Antrobus, which reportedly only had a short break in performances when WWI intervened. Search for deep meaning in the custom if you will, but it may simply have been like many other such plays a way of having a laugh, raising a few bob and getting some free drinks, thus in the noble traditions of many fine practitioners of the drama.

More British Folk Customs?

If you like this, Share it

Brit Quote:
I am playing all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order. - Eric Morecambe
More Quotes

On this day:
The Battle of Basing - 0871, 1st British Colonists reach New Zealand - 1840, Spanish Steamer Sinks SS Northfleet - 1873, Battle of Isandlwana - 1879, Queen Victoria dies - 1901, Ramsay MacDonald becomes Britain's 1st Labour PM - 1924, BBC Broadcasts 1st live Football Commentary - 1927, Public Sector Strike Begins - 1979, Space Invaders Hit UK - 1979
More dates from British history

click here to view all the British counties

County Pages