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Interview with George Freestone mainly about his time performing in the White Boys play (Ny Guillyn Baney)

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Date(s): 6 January 2009

Scope & Content: George Freestone talks about performing with the White Boys; leaving the Isle of Man after the Second World War for work; his return home; the five members of the White Boys; how the play relates to St George and the Dragon; door-to-door performances for Christmas money; his character of St Valentine; his opening introduction and St George battle scene; Teddy Blackburn's part as the Doctor; Hunt-the-Wren on Boxing Day; White Boys costume; Teddy Blackburn's mother and sister; white paper coats and hats; learning lines; Lady Wilson's script; the five cast member roles.

He talks about life in Castletown; friends; community spirit; Victoria Road School; schoolmaster J.F.P. Qualtrough; when the White Boys go out before Christmas; Hunt-the-Wren on Boxing Day starting at the age of 10; having pneumonia in 1939; giving up the White Boys when he became a teenager; training another group to take over; respect for Hunt-the-Wren; last group of Castletown White Boys; Fred Philips; John Kelly-Cubbon; Arthur Clague; Teddy Blackburn, town clerk; Teddy Blackburn's mother and sister organising the White Boys; community spirit; when the White Boys visited houses; his mother's promotion of the British Women's Total Abstinence Union; father working as a gardener; anecdote of father returning home from the pub; mother's family name, Kewish; Freestone from Cambridgeshire; the Mollagh Band; Hop-tu-naa; turnip lanterns; candle in a jam jar; the White Boys costume; Teddy Blackburn calling the tune; white wooden swords and white hats; Teddy Blackburn's mother and sister Iris living at the big house in Malew Street; Mrs Braaid dressing him up in green and yellow crepe paper for Hunt-the-Wren; and Lewis Braaid.

Administration / Biographical History: George Freestone was born in Castletown, Isle of Man in 1921.

Language: English

Extent: 31 min. 11 sec.

Item name: compact disc

Collection: Sound Archive

Level: ITEM

ID number: SA 2009-0002

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Subject tags : #UOSH, #UOSHArts


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