Meet the Team
Berkshire Bedlam Morris
to the Home Page of Berkshire Bedlam!
BB - still rated amongst the top 99% of all Morris sides in the
are we ?
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
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!
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!
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 Diatonics, book early to be assured of your place!
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
...as the Big Caper show hit Hungary
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!
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...
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!
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 :
- David Steptoe (david dot steptoe at ntlworld dot com)
- 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
: Links to UK and worldwide morris organisations
Morris Dancers :
an alphabetical list of UK morris teams,
searchable by county, and other morris related links
Morris Dance Page : a good
explanation of the origins, history, terminology and different styles of morris
: South East Folk Arts Network - what's going on in folk arts in the South East
and remember ....
....it never rains on Berkshire Bedlam