Singing Simpkin and The Humour of John Swabber
Members of the BSA may be interested by the following event, at which places are limited.
St. Pancras Old Church History Series.
‘Singing Simpkin’ & ‘The Humour of John Swabber’
Friday 7 October, at 7 p.m, Saint Pancras Old Church, London.
This staged performance in period costume will be introduced by Lucie Skeaping (presenter BBC Radio 3’s Early Music Show, co-author of Singing Simpkin and Other Bawdy Jigs) and Tamsin Lewis (director of Passamezzo) and the performance will be preceded by an illustrated talk.
‘Singing Simpkin’ is first recorded in 1595 and may be the work of the clown-comedian Will Kemp, one of the founders and star performer of Shakespeare’s company, the Chamberlain’s Men. It was probably given in the theatre as an entertaining afterpiece, following one of the great dramatic tragedies of the day. ‘Swabber’ (partly read) was performed by Robert Cox and his company at London’s Red Bull theatre in June 1653 when most of the playhouses were closed by order of Parliament. Both appear in Cox’s collection of farces, jigs and drolls Actaeon and Diana 1655/6.
The Church and bar will open from 6:30 so do come early for an autumnal glass of wine. You can book tickets online via the link below, and a limited number will be available on the door.