Winter Warmer 2023 Draft Programme

Taborers Winter Warmer Punchinella Parade Commedia Hunt the Squirrel 2019


FRIDAY 24 to SUNDAY 26 FEB 2023

LOCATIONS ALL AROUND ROTHERHITHE, LONDON SE16 4JE [high D pipe unless indicated low D or G or a consensus agrees to all play an item on G pipe as if D pipe fingering, solos on any pipe]. Steve will bring recording gear to try to get some takes, especially of Kemp’s Jig (Playford, all) and Kemp’s Jig (Lute MS, confident players on low D pipes).


School session (year 5) at Ashford, Middlesex (afternoon, requires some G pipe as if D pipe fingering, liaise with Andy Richards if attending).

Meet in the Mayflower Pub from 4:00

5:30 – 6:30 Tour of the Brunel Museum and Tunnel – with some informal playing

6:30 Eat in the Ship Inn

7:00 – 10:00 Playing session in the Bubble Theatre rehearsal Room, including Playford tunes and Morris tunes in the Saturday rehearsal for parade, also Carol of the Bells (score, midi).


9:00 Breakfast in Watchman Café.

10:00 Rehearsal for Parade (Bubble Rehearsal Room), tunes for Pastime – All Taborers Playford (also Confident Taborers Playford), then from 11:00 London Pride Morris tunes, including Room for the Cuckolds [Bucknell], Banbury Bill & Glorishears [Bampton], Kemp’s Jig [Playford into Lute MS]; if time for Confident Taborers Skirmish & Valentine [Fieldtown], & Fool’s Jig [Bampton]. Rehearsal of Death & Resurrection of Punchinello.

12:00 Punchinello’s Parade to Norwegian Church (with dancers from Pastime & London Pride Morris).

12:20 – 1:00 Performance in NC Courtyard of Death & Resurrection of Punchinello.

1:00 – 2:00 Lunch (local pubs, cafes or restaurants).

2:00 – 4:00 Performance(s) (London Pride [directed by Squire] plus other keen Winter Warmerers). Location: either forecourt of Ship Inn or St Mary’s courtyard. Puch & Judy? (tbc).

2:00 – 4:00 Sands Studio: Commedia workshop with Gerry Flannagan, Cheryl Stapleton & John Broadbent: Creating simple scenes and lazzi’s (for possible later performance).

4:30 to 7:00 Workshop Session in Bubble Theatre: Morris (Andy): Kemp’s Jig [Playford into Lute MS]; Shepherds’ Hey [Bucknell], if time Fool’s Jig [Bampton] & Princess Royal [Lower Swell Longborough]. “How do you like to Arrange Tune(s)” (Discussion led by Mary-Jo). Carol of the Bells (score, midi). Elizabeth leads Chilly Chilly Winter.

4:30 to 7:00 Sands Studio: Open rehearsal of Love & Madness, The Magical Toymaker and other commedia pieces; followed by informal performances by workshop participants

7:00 Eat in the Ship Inn

8:00 – 10:00 Bubble Theatre: Workshop Session: Dance of Death (Steve) – bring ideas of tunes, dance or commedia.


9:00 Breakfast in Watchman café

10:00 Rehearsal in the Bubble Theatre (to include Gillian, Bill ( Carol of the Bells (score, midi) and Elizabeth Chilly Chilly Winter on Rounds & Earworms, plus All Taborers Playford, Morris Reprised for IPATF: Shepherds’ Hey [Bucknell], Kemp’s Jig [Playford into Lute MS], if time Fool’s Jig [Bampton].

12:00 Walking tour via Riverside & Kings Park including workshop tunes & Morris Reprised

1:00 — 2:00 Performance in Southwark Park Bandstand

2:00 – 3:00 Lunch in in the Angel pub (where Pepys watched “London’s burning”!)

3:00 – 5:00 Return to Bubble for Workshop: Gillian on 3/2 taboring Hole in the Wall and Shropshire Rounds, plus informal playing session.

3:00 to 4:30 Sands Theatre: Commedia Masterclass with Barry Grantham (limited entry by ticket)

5:00 to 9:00 Sands Theatre: Commedia performances (limited entry by ticket)

5:00 (For those not going to Commedia events in Sands Theatre) Food and drinks in the Ship or Mayflower for final farewells

Booking Etc:

Please let us know if you are coming. There’s a fee of £10 (payable on the door or via the website). This would cover the Taborers events on Saturday & Sunday, plus all the Commedia events on Saturday. The Sunday Commedia (Barry Grantham’s show — plus guests — from 3:00 to 9:00 pm) is open to Taborers, but is booked separately via Sands Films (for details see: ).

Local Accommodation:

Premier Inn London Tower Bridge

Travelodge London Central Tower Bridge

Premier Inn London City Tower Hill

YHA Hostel (200 yds from Sands)

Premier Inn at Dalston Junction (near to Overground)

Various Air-B&B’s

Other hotels (near to Canada Water or Rotherhithe transport links)

Wild camping in Southwark Park (at your own risk!)