Peppers Black
for a circle of as many as will.
This reconstruction: for a square of four numbered couples.
Reconstructed this way by Sorcha ni Fhaolain (from the proceedings of KWDS4)
Music:
Part 1
Verse 1, Part A
1&2: All take hands and do eight slips to the left.
Verse 1, Part B
1&2: All do eight slips to the right. Drop hands and face your partner.
Chorus 1, Part A
1&2: Set and turn single (left).
Chorus 1, Part B
1&2: Set and turn single (right).
Part 2
Verse 2, Part A
1: Odd couples honor left: odd couples double toward the even couple on their left.
2: Odd couples double back to place.
Verse 2, Part B
1: Even couples honor back: even couples double toward the odd couple who honored them.
2: Even couples double back to place.
Chorus 2, Part A
1&2: Odd men turn the even women they honored all the way around, odd women turn the even men they honored.
Chorus 2, Part B
1&2: Everyone turn their partner all the way around.
Part 3
Verse 3, Parts A and B
Odds honor and are honored by the evens to their right.
Chorus 3, Parts A and B
Odds turn the evens they honored, all turn their partners.
Part 4
Verse 4, Part A
1: Odd couples honor left: odd couples double toward the even couple on their left.
2: Odd couples double back to place.
Verse 4, Part B
1: Even couples honor back: even couples double toward the odd couple who honored them.
2: Even couples double back to place.
Chorus 4, Part A
1: Honor partners hey: starting with odd men and even women changing places by right shoulders.
2: Change with partners by left shoulders.
Chorus 4, Part B
1: Continue the hey by changing with your opposite by right shoulders.
2: Change back to place with your partner by left shoulders.
Part 5
Verse 5, Parts A and B
Odds honor and are honored by the evens to their right.
Chorus 5, Parts A and B
Odds hey with the evens they honored.
Part 6
Verse 6, Part A
1: Odd couples steal left: odd couples double toward the even couple on their left.
2: Odd couples double back to place, with the odd man taking the even man's hand in his left and taking them back with them.
Verse 6, Part B
1: Odd couples plus honor the lone woman by doubling toward them.
2: Odd couples plus double back to place.
Chorus 6, Part A
1&2: In the trios, the men form an arch, and the woman in the group circles under the arch and back to place (without completely losing hands, if possible).
Chorus 6, Part B
1&2: In the trios, the odd couples form an arch and the even man goes under the arch, but instead of going back to the line, he goes around the odd woman and his own woman and back to his normal place.
Part 7
Verse 7, Parts A and B
Odds steal right, the odd man stealing the even woman this time.
Chorus 7, Parts A and B
Odds circle as before, the woman slipping home at the end.
This dance is not all that much like the Playford version, though it works for a set of four.  It needs to be worked on, though - it could be better reconstructed.