Twelfth Night

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Twelfth Night
© Merry Brownfield
The Lions Part theatre mix ancient traditions with contemporary celebrations for the New Year in the nineteenth Twelfth Night celebration. Pagan icons the Green Man and the Holly Man from the Thames make an appearance, to 'bring in the green' and 'wassail' or toast the people, the river and the Globe. The Bankside Mummers then process to Bankside Jetty to perform the Folk Combat Play of St George, a seasonal event recorded from the Crusades, which features wild verse and action, and characters such as the Turkey Sniper, Clever Legs and the Old 'Oss. Two of the cakes distributed at the end of the play have a bean and a pea hidden inside – those who find them are crowned King and Queen for the day, and lead the people to the historic George Inn in Borough High Street where the Kissing Wishing Tree, storytelling and revelling await all.

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