Singing Simpkin and Other Bawdy Jigs

Musical Comedy on the Shakespearean Stage: Scripts, Music and Context

Roger Clegg and Lucie Skeaping

Singing Simpkin and Other Bawdy Jigs

Roger Clegg and Lucie Skeaping

Distributed for University of Exeter Press

352 pages | 15 halftones | 7 x 9 4/5
Paper $55.00 ISBN: 9780859898782 Published March 2014 For sale in North and South America only
A popular crowd pleaser from the late sixteenth to the mid-seventeenth century, the dramatic jig was a short, comic, bawdy musical-drama that included elements of dance, slapstick, and disguise. For the first time in four hundred years, the lyrics and music notation for nine jigs from this period are presented, as well as an appendix for dance instruction. With Singing Simpkin and Other Bawdy Jigs,the authors provide a comprehensive account of a genre that was highly popular in its day, and demonstrates the influence of jigs on other forms of theater in Shakespearean England.   
Contents
List of illustrations
 
Acknowledgements
 
Preface
 
Abbreviations and referencing conventions
 
A history of the dramatic jig
 
The scripts and tunes:
 
          Wooing of Nan
 
          Rowland’s God Son
 
          Singing Simpkin
 
          Francis’ New Jig
 
          The Black Man
 
          The Jig of St. Denys’ Ghost
 
          The Libel of Michael Steel
 
          Fools Fortune
 
          The Cheaters Cheated
 
Staging the jigs
 
          Text
 
          Music
 
          Dance
 
Appendix: Dance instruction
 
Bibliography
 
Index
 
Contributors
Review Quotes
Stanley Wells | Times Literary Supplement
“A thoroughly researched and densely documented volume.”
Shakespeare
"Singing Simpkin will be valued by musicologists, theatre or performance historians, seekers after the aesthetics of Shakespearean drama, cultural historians, and many others including (hopefully) current-day theatrical practitioners aiming to re-animate historical modes of playing."
Neil Rhodes | Scottish Journal of Performance
"Roger Clegg and Lucie Skeaping’s wonderful collection of nine English jigs . . . is an exemplary exercise in collaboration. . . . This is an excellent piece of research and a valuable resource."
Gillian Spraggs | Comedy Studies
"What happens when you follows a Shakespearean tragedy, or even a romantic comedy, with a bawdy musical farce laced with bouts of vigorous dancing? . . . Thanks to the authors of this excellent volume, for the first time in several hundred years, there is ready access to the information needed to mount a production of this kind."
Early Music America
“This excellent book offers a history of the genre, nine examples of English dramatic jigs from the period, and useful information on how to perform them.”
Theatre Notebook
“This engaging edition allows one to imagine how these dramatic afterpieces might have functioned both on stage, an in Early modern society more generally.”
Catherine A. Henze | Comparative Drama
"A very valuable addition to the study of early modern dramatic literature."
David Atkinson | Folklore
"Anyone with an interest in early modern drama and popular culture will find much to enjoy here and will welcome this nicely produced edition."
Jeremy Barlow, author of A Dance Through Time
Singing Simpkin combines scholarly analysis with performer-friendly versions of nine stage jigs from Shakespeare’s time to the Restoration. The book presents and appraises textual and musical evidence relating to the stage jig with exemplary thoroughness; the detail enhances our knowledge of stage performance generally during that period. Much more than a historical survey, the book acts as a manual for recreating performances of the nine jig texts it contains, in terms of dramatic staging, music, and dance. It will be an exciting publication for all theatre historians of the period.”
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