This article was written by Gordon Jones in 2002 and gives some of the history of mummering in Newfoundland. I remember having the mummers come to our house when I was a child in the 1960’s and today the Mummers Troupe have revived this old tradition.

Everybody like[s] to get dressed up in a costume and wear a mask, whether it’s for Hallowe’en or New Year’s or Mardi Gras.

Masquerade, done by ordinary people in their homes and on the streets, is one of the simplest and most powerful forms of theatre. It allows us to take on new identities, to subvert social rules, to laugh at ourselves and to emerge renewed.

FindArticles – Behind a winter door: it’s serious business when the mummers come a-knocking
Performing Arts & Entertainment in Canada, Autumn, 2002, by Gordon Jones

Update – Sept 25 2011 :: Sorry folks, the link to this article no longer goes anywhere useful. I did an internet search and found it listed for sale as an e-document at Here’s the link if you’re so inclined.

Update – March 26 2016 :: The Amazon link came up ‘not found’. It’s too bad this great article seems to have gone away…

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