Excerpt from The Silver Thread and Other Folk Plays for Young People: Arranged for Use in the Grammar Grades
With the revival of folk dancing and folk songs for young people has also come a renewed interest in folk tales which leads inevitably to folk drama, the latter a rendering of old-world myths and hearthstone stories into a form that lends them the added value of costume and action.
Simplicity is the keynote of the following plays, as it was of the folk tales from which they were taken - quaint superstitions quick with the life of the soil from which they sprang. Each play contains some homely truth or bit of philosophy; for a folk play lacking its attendant moral is the proverbial egg without its salt. The plays contained in this volume are gathered from eight widely different sources: the Cornish mines, the Rhinish forests, the Lincolnshire fells, the Russian steppes, the sea-coast of Ireland, the hill-slopes of Italy, the snug fields of Brittany, and the troll-haunted meadows of Norway.
With each play is a forenote on its origin, and a full description of the easy costumes and scene-settings which are especially designed to fit the limitations of the schoolroom stage.
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