(with Roger Clegg)
Exeter University Press 2014
Comical, bawdy and libellous, the theatrical ‘Jig’ of the late 16th/early 17th-centuries was not simply a dance but a lively musical play. Often given as an afterpiece, its cast of cuckolds, whores, lechers, ruffians and bumpkins drew large crowds to the Tudor and Stuart Playhouses. This edition re-unites the 9 surviving jig texts with their original tunes for the first time in 400 years; it offers a comprehensive history and discusses sources, provenance, plots and instrumentation.
‘The most substantial and authoritative study of this elusive and much misunderstood genre’
Stanley Wells - TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT