The final outdoor series of the Bayard's Colts Mummer's plays took place in Walsall Marketplace on Saturday 11th May 2013. As in previous plays the Landlady and the Dragon featured actors and musicians drawn from the local Walsall community to entertain the visitors to the town centre.
After a fabulously successful year the Bayard’s Colts project came to a popular end with a stirring performance of the mummer’s play, ‘The Landlady and the Dragon’. Playing to a packed house at the Gorway Campus of the University of Wolverhampton on the 18th May the play, written by local playwright David Calcutt and performed by local residents, was welcomed by outgoing Mayor of Walsall, Councillor Dennis Anson. The performance brought to an end the full cycle of four Mummer’s plays which have played to audiences in Walsall Marketplace, Bookmark Bloxwich as well as The Performance Hub at Gorway Campus.
An interview with a key member of the cast, Mick Daulman who played the parts of the Landlord and Mr. Smee the Pirate. Captured just after the first of the indoor performances at Bookmark Bloxwich Mick explains how he got involved with Bayard's Colts in the first place and then how being involved has had a significant impact on his life.
An interview with Marianne Ailes of the University of Bristol and Phillipa Hardman of the University of Reading who are working in collaboration on the 'Charlemagne in England' project funded throught the Arts & Humanities Research Council. Marianne and Phillipa highlight the known, and unknown, French and English medieval history related to the Bayard's Colts.