The Pomology Project (online exhibition)

Urban Mummers Plays

Urban Mummers Plays

‘Mummers plays’ are traditional folk plays, often performed by amateurs in rural locations. Three new mummers plays (Rewind, The Antidote & The Line) were created as part of The Pomology Project that focused on aspects of UK society that are common to us all. Performed at Simmerdown Festival 2019, these satirical skits take in sound system culture, a ‘strong and stable’ MC-ing Teresa May, endless queues for housing reform and an NHS that is seeking the ultimate antidote.

Commissioned playwright: Liz Mytton.

Props, costumes and casting: General Public.

Performed by: Tonia Daley-Campbell, Jade Samuels, Andre-Pierre, Julian Southall & Radiance Anaele. 

Performed at Simmerdown Festival & also filmed at the University of Birmingham (Rewind, The Senate Chamber; The Line, Winterbourne House – the home of housing reformer John Nettlefold; The Antidote, QE Hospital).

Silk screen printed ‘fictional fruit’ designs, featured on costumes, were conceived and produced in collaboration with women from the Ashiana Community Centre, Sparkhill & Bangladeshi Womens’ Association, Small Heath.

Please click here for scripts of the three plays.

Drawing by Nelufa

Screenprinting Nelufa’s design

 

Johura’s drawing of orange with train track

 

Final print: detail

Silk screenprinting with the Ashiana Centre.

Fictional fruit design by Meher

 

Printed design

Silk screenprinting costumes with BWA.

 

‘Spike’ by Nelufa

 

Printed design: detail

 

Printmaking at the Ashiana Community Centre

 

‘Orange with Blackpool illuminations’ by Nelufa

 

Printed design: detail

 

Drawing by Narbda

 

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