Subtitled "A Drama of Westmorland Village Life in Four Acts." In dialect. On front cover, states Grasmere 1922, first acted in 1914.
One of the Grasmere dialect plays.
These happened despite the efforts of the local schoolmaster, who had tried to make the pupils speak in “proper” English, but in his case this had failed, and dialect had prevailed.
The dialect plays performed in Grasmere began in 1893 with The Dalesman written by Miss Charlotte Fletcher, the daughter of the vicar of Grasmere; it was performed in the school by St. Oswald’s Temperance Society. Later plays were devised by various locals, including the wife of Canon Rawnsley, of National Trust fame.
The cast was made up entirely of local people, and the subjects of the plays based on local life. The dialogue was entirely in local dialect, and participants considered it not to be acting, but being themselves, using the everyday speech they were familiar with.
This is the script of a later example, no author is named.
Covers slightly grubby. Staples rusting. Contents lightly browned. A few light marks. Complete and all legible.