The Mummers' performance of ‘Agatha Pissdie's The Pale Ale' duly took place on the final Sunday before Christmas.
The author was slightly concerned that he might have overdone the bawdiness - the script contained a number of what can only be described as trebles entendres, the diciest of which were about as subtle as a brick in the face - but no-one seemed to mind either those or the grotesque slurs on the intelligence, lineage, and breeding of the people of Bisley.
It is possible that this was partly because the cast kept forgetting their lines, including the rude jokes and insults, and partly because for some unknown reason the village was besieged by an astonishing amount of vehicular traffic that day.
We shall probably never know the truth.
We shall also probably never know just how much Benny and Dylan enjoyed dressing up as ladies - it was either ‘a lot' or ‘too much'.
Whatever, it seemed to go off reasonably well, the only serious damage being to the livers of a number of the Players.
Indeed, several people immediately threw their hats into the ring for parts in the 2020 performance, including Mummers past, though admittedly this was after the final performance outside The Stirrup Cup, and ale had been taken.
We shall see if they are as good as their word, or if the resolution leaked out of them along with the ale.
Thanks are due to Dave Partridge (below) for organising the whole thing - insofar as it is possible to organise Bisley Mummers - and to Julian Partridge (some relation) at The Stirrup Cup for sponsoring the merry band and providing a beer or two and some sandwiches for them.
Thanks also for Di MacDonald-Walton and Sam Collins for taking the time to slap some make-up on what we must refer to as the 'actors' on the morning.
Well done to the cast - Dave (Town Crier), Doug (Hercules Parrot), Rob (Father Christmas), Dylan (Blodwyn Bisler), Benny (Gertrude Grisley), Debs (Julian Pheasant), Amber (Agatha Pissdie), Luke (the Director), Luca (the Doctor), Tom (Shameless O'Mummery), and, playing Ruthless Fool himself, Conrad McCroddan.
See you all again in approximately 350 days!