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Berkshire Bedlam Morris

 

 

Welcome to the Home Page of Berkshire Bedlam!

 

 

BB - still rated amongst the top 99% of all Morris sides in the country.....

 

Who are we ?

              

Berkshire Bedlam, renowned Cotswold Morris dancers from Wokingham in Berkshire, were formed in 1977, and perform a wide range of dances. While some are based on the legendary Leafield dances of Oxfordshire, the majority of today's repertoire is original compositions put together in recent years. Whatever the dance, BB's aim is to perform with gusto and spirit, and to present spectacular and original performances. Do we succeed? - come and see us to find out!
You can find out lots more about us through this site including something of our history, and a guide to the dances in our past and present repertoire. There are old and recent pictures of the side in our gallery section, latest news of events, a guide to our media appearances, and you can even find out what happens at a Berkshire Bedlam Bunfight.
New dancers are always welcome at any of our weekly practices whether an experienced dancer or a novice, and we can provide full tuition for anyone keen to have a go - contact details at the bottom of the page!

Recent and Future Happenings ....

2016 - a great year in progress!

 

We're already enjoying another great year in 2016 with a good and varied programme. So far we've had visits to Coventry, Oxford, Hook, Winchester and Kirtlington, plus a seaside trip on our annual Dorset Tour, and later in the year we have another week long appearance at Sidmouth Folk Week in August.
The shirts are ironed, the breeches straightened, the shoes whitened, the instruments tuned - keep bringing it on!
 
2015 Bunfight - thanks for coming!


 
Thanks to everyone who came to our fabulous Bunfight evening with Steamchicken on Sat 28 November, and especially to the many people who fully embraced our theme of Bunfight on the High Seas.
Will we be doing it all over again next year - you betcha! - Saturday 26 November 2016, band the fabulous Panjandrum, book early to be assured of your place!
2015 - great events and more...


2015 was another year of highlights including taking our buckets, spades, and dances to Hastings and Brighton, a great weekend at the Chippenham Folk Festival, other memorable events in Marsh Baldon, Wallingford, and Bath, and a host of other treats. And at Windsor Morris's 40th birthday weekend in June, there was a welcome return for 'In The Bedlams', our homage to the under dressed and over moustachioed days of the 1970s. Can we top it all in 2016? - of course!

Oooh what a Caper!....
...as the Big Caper show hit Hungary


BB joined forces with The Outside Capering Crew once again in 2014 to perform our the Big Caper show at a festival in Sarvar, Hungary. Spread over 5 days, there were a series of highly successful performances to large audiences in various impressive locations including the Spa water park, where the audience was immersed in swimming pools all around us. Pictures on the Hungary Gallery page, and a write up in 2014 news!
Downton Morris ...
Anyone wonder who the mystery morris team was briefly featured in the BBC's 2012 Christmas Day's Downton Abbey?

 

Yes, it was some of BB who just happened to be in the Downton area on the day of filming, and stopped by to liven up the country fair using some borrowed togs. For added authenticity, some of the young chaps had a short back and sides first, which they thought was just spiffing...

 

Latest Media News !!

Yes, you can now have a little BB at home with you by ordering one of our DVDs - see the MEDIA PAGE for details, and also links to our various media appearances in print, in pop videos, on TV, and on YouTube! 

 

Contact Us / Join Us / Book Us

We're always delighted to welcome new members. We practise on Thursday evenings at the Scout Hut in Evendons Lane, Wokingham, RG41 4DX (click here for map) and dance out at festivals, pubs and other events throughout the summer. If you would like to come to any of our practice evenings to try it for yourself, you will be very welcome (though maybe phone or drop us an email first to check what we are doing!) - we may also run occasional weekend practices for those who can't make a Thursday evening. If you would like to find out more about us, or check if we may be available for a particular event, our contact details are:

Main contact & Webmaster
- Malcolm Major - Tel 01189 771952 or 07715 294568, or e-mail malcolmmajor at ntlworld dot com
You can also contact the following :
Squire - David Steptoe (david dot steptoe at ntlworld dot com)
Foreman - Jameson Wooders (j dot d dot wooders at gmail dot com)

And finally, if
you would like to find out more about other Morris sides, or Morris dancing in general, try these links :
Morris Side Finder : a UK wide guide to find teams in all parts of the country
Morrisdancing.org : Links to UK and worldwide morris organisations
UK Morris Dancers :
an alphabetical list of UK morris teams, searchable by county, and other morris related links  
Wikipedia's Morris Dance Page : a good explanation of the origins, history, terminology and different styles of morris
SEFAN : South East Folk Arts Network - what's going on in folk arts in the South East 



and remember ....
....it never rains on Berkshire Bedlam 
 

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