The Alchemist and the Devil poster.

New Walsall ‘Mummer’s Play’ to get first stage airing at Gorway

The Alchemist and the Devil poster.

The second installment in Walsall Civic Society’s exciting series of four brand-new ‘Mummer’s Plays’ for Walsall in a revival of English street theatre in the town is all set to take to the stage at the University of Wolverhampton’s Walsall Campus on Gorway Road in a special indoor public presentation and performance later this month, following rehearsals at Bookmark Bloxwich Theatre.

Part of the Civic Society’s Heritage Lottery-funded Bayard’s Colts Project, ‘The Alchemist and The Devil’ is penned by top local playwright David Calcutt, and will offer the same heady mix of history and hilarity, music and mayhem as the first play, also by David, ‘Robin Hood and the Giant’, which was performed in the open air on Walsall’s historic High Street earlier this year, as the new play will be on 17th  November at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

‘The Alchemist and The Devil’ will however be specially showcased on Saturday 24th November in the comfort of The Performance Hub theatre, on the University’s Gorway site (off the Broadway) in Gorway Road, Walsall, WS1 3BD.

There will be a matinee at 2.30pm and an evening performance at 7.30pm.

Each two-part event will consist of a multi-media presentation revealing the rich heritage of Walsall’s unique Bayard’s Colts and the development of the project followed by a live performance of the mummer’s play.

Tickets cost just £5 to help support the Bayard’s Colts project.

The ticket booking link for this very special event is:

Tony Kemshall, Chairman of Walsall Civic Society and Project Director of the Bayard’s Colts Project, said:

“If anyone is interested in talking about this remarkable project and possibly becoming a sponsor or supporter, they are very welcome to please call me on 07885 317491 or email to ”

A series of photographs was taken of ‘Robin Hood and the Giant’ by Stuart Williams, and may be viewed on Flickr via this link.