THE SUSSEX TIPTEERS PLAY (East Preston 1913 version)
Note. The original East Preston version was recorded by me, from Mr Foard a superior Farm hand, who had revived it there in 1911. Some 20 years previously, an old man named Barnard (who originally came from Washington) used to go round with a party of boys (of whom Foard was one) at Xmas “Tipteering” (and also “guying” on 5th Novr). He used to play Father Xmas and take all the money giving the boys a few sweets. The players in 1913 of the version based on the original were:-
St George Foard
Noble Captain, Wilcox
Father Xmas Lawrence Senr.
Valiant Soldier Sid Newman (killed in the war)
Turkish Kt Lawrence Junr
L. Jolly Jack Alf. Norrell
P of Peace Doddington
Fiddler --- R.J. Sharp
Members of the Company had also seen the “Tipteers” of Angmering W. Wittering, Midhurst, Washington and Worthing and E. Sussex where a woman took a part.
“Tipteers” or “Tipteerers” is obviously derived from “Tippet” a cloak. The dresses are all home-made of calico and other coloured stuff and excepting the details demanded by the play are according to fancy. The Dr wore top-hat and Frock-coat.