Join me on Tuesday at 12 for another Helping of History on North Manchester FM. As it’ll be St George’s Day on Tuesday, it seems only fitting that this week’s show will be reporting on this year’s Middleton Pace Egg play, which was performed on Easter Monday.
Pace Egg plays are an old Easter tradition, thought to be derived from the medieval mystery play tradition. Although the Pace Egg tradition largely died out during WWI, several places now stage a revived version… and Middleton is one of those places. Now in its 53rd year, the Middleton Pace Egg play tells the story of St George fighting the Turkish Champion in defence of the King of England. It isn’t historical accurate (or PC, to be honest), but the play follows the old Easter tradition of having St George killed, and then brought back from the dead by a rather eccentric doctor. The play is performed in (and, weather-permitting, out) of various pubs in Middleton, every Easter Monday.
I’ll be reporting on this year’s play, sharing some snippets of the action and song, and chatting to the cast about their roles in this very quirky Middleton tradition.
As well as this, I’ll also be taking my usual look through Yesterday’s Papers.
Catch the show on Tuesday at 12 on 106.6FM (if you’re in the North Manchester area) or listen online (if you’re further afield).
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