St Albans Mummers delight audiences this Boxing Day

PUBLISHED: 14:52 27 December 2017

St Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey Colton

St Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey Colton

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Festive performers entertained audiences all over St Albans with a time-honoured portrayal of George and the Dragon this Boxing Day.

St Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey ColtonSt Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey Colton

For the 51st year running, St Albans Mummers have moved around the city to act out an open-air version of the play, which includes fierce battles, dubious cures unknown to science, excruciating poetry, awful jokes and a less than serious look at life, death and resurrection.

They went to the Town Hall, The White Hart Hotel, the west end of St Albans Abbey, The Ye Olde Fighting Cocks and St Albans Clock Tower to perform.

There was audience participation at each venue, ensuring every performance was slightly different and unique.

Traditionally, Mummers were anonymous to protect their identity from their employers, who they were often criticising. In keeping, this year’s actors also wished to conceal their real names.

St Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey ColtonSt Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey Colton

The man playing St George said: “It is fun, and it’s lovely weather - it’s dry so people can stand around and get comfortable.”

A member of the audience added: “Yes, it was fun. We haven’t been for a few years but it was half an hour break in a lovely Boxing Day walk.

“I enjoyed standing outside in the winter sunshine with a drink, watching a bit of light hearted entertainment.”

St Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey ColtonSt Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey Colton

St Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey ColtonSt Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey Colton

St Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey ColtonSt Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey Colton

St Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey ColtonSt Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey Colton

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St Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey ColtonSt Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey Colton

St Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey ColtonSt Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey Colton

St Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey ColtonSt Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey Colton

St Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey ColtonSt Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey Colton

St Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey ColtonSt Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey Colton

St Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey ColtonSt Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey Colton

St Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey ColtonSt Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey Colton

St Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey ColtonSt Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey Colton

St Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey ColtonSt Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey Colton

St Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey ColtonSt Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey Colton

St Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey ColtonSt Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey Colton

St Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey ColtonSt Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey Colton

St Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey ColtonSt Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey Colton

St Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey ColtonSt Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey Colton

St Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey ColtonSt Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey Colton

St Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey ColtonSt Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey Colton

St Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey ColtonSt Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey Colton

St Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey ColtonSt Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey Colton

St Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey ColtonSt Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey Colton

St Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey ColtonSt Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey Colton

St Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey ColtonSt Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey Colton

St Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey ColtonSt Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey Colton

St Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey ColtonSt Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey Colton

St Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey ColtonSt Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey Colton

St Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey ColtonSt Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey Colton

St Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey ColtonSt Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey Colton

St Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey ColtonSt Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey Colton

St Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey ColtonSt Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey Colton

St Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey ColtonSt Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey Colton

St Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey ColtonSt Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey Colton

St Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey ColtonSt Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey Colton

St Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey ColtonSt Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey Colton

St Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey ColtonSt Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey Colton

St Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey ColtonSt Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey Colton

St Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey ColtonSt Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey Colton

St Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey ColtonSt Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey Colton

St Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey ColtonSt Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey Colton

St Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey ColtonSt Albans Mummers 2017. Picture: Harvey Colton

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