Saddleworth Players

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Sep 30–Oct 7, 2017

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Great Expectations

Nov 25–Dec 2, 2017

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The Farndale Murder Mystery

Jan 27–Feb 3, 2018

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April in Paris

Apr 7–14, 2018

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We are Three Sisters

Jun 2–9, 2018

The Cracked Pot dialect

Are you a gawky fustylugs, or a flappytonged dunderknowle? Would you take offense if someone called you a crammly drabbletail or a caufheaded gammerstang?

This is no whiffle-waffle or blish-blash for the rafflepack, nor is it an early version of Lewis Carroll’s Jaberwocky. This is a taster of the rich vein of Yorkshire dialect mined to bring the translation of Heirich von Kleist’s Der Zerbrochen Krug to life in Skipton in 1810.

Blake Morrison, the playwright, seized the opportunity to bring us evocative words, almost lost to history to enrich and authenticate his characters in The Cracked Pot. He even included a glossary of terms as an aid to the actors, which we thought we’d share with you ahead of opening night, so you’ll be up to date on your hauvy-gauveys and wish them a good nauping, and wonder at the many and varied terms for louts and loose women.

Words for the day

Batter-fangedbeaten by a woman
Belderroar like a bull
Bellytimberfood
Bensilingchastisement
Blairshout
Blathrymuddy
Blish-blashgossip
Bowdykitecheeky child
Brockbadger
Brullysquabble
Buzznackinggossip
Caff-heartedcowardly
Caggydirty, quarrelsome
Caufheadstupid fellow
Chaffer/chunterbicker, complain
Clartysticky, clumsy
Clunterheavy fall
Crammlytwisted
Creepinsshivering, fear
Daddlyintoxicated
Differing boutquarrel
Dirty-bottomeduntrustworthy
Dodderumsviolent shakings
Drabbletailloose woman
Dunderknowlestupid person
Flappytonguegossip
Flaumytawdry
Fustilugslow fellow
Gammerstangwhore
Garfitsentrails
Grenkyugly
Grimingcover
Hauvey-gauveylout
Liglie
Murlmelt
Naupingthrashing
Nazz-mollimmoral woman
Nazzleddrunk
Nobbut middlingunwell
Owerancecommand
Prickybackhedgehog
Rafflepackriotous assembly
Ragabash, ragallyrough fellow
Rantipoleromping child
Ruddockrobin
Scuttersdiarrhoea
Splaudywide-spreading
Splunderburst
Swintwaysdiagonal
Timber-toedwearing a wooden leg
Tongue-scrapingflattery
Trail-tripewhore
Trapsbelongings
TykeYorkshireman
Whiffle-waffleidle talk

Andrew Mann, Jan 24, 2016