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Bankside Twelfth Night

Posted on by royvickery |

040In recent years the Lions part, ‘an eclectic company of like-minded professional performers’ have staged a event to mark Twelfth Night (6 January) near the Globe Theatre, beside the River Thames, London Borough of Southwark.  In 2016 this was held on Sunday 3 January, starting at 2.00 p.m.

A little before this time musicians assembled while people waited for the arrival of the Holly Man, ‘ the winter manifestation of the Green Man from pagan myths and folklore’.  Due to poor weather and the strength of the tide, the Man was not able to arrive by boat, but instead crossed the River using the Millennium Bridge.  After his arrival a mummers’ play was performed.  Unfortunately the smallness of the space and the use of umbrellas by the audience meant that it was difficult to see what was happening.  A King Bean and a Queen Pea were selected and they, with the Holly Man, led a procession of musicians and others to the to the George Inn, reputedly the oldest pub in London, where festivities continued.

Image:  Pea Queen, Holly Man and Bean King, 3 January 2016.

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