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 ?
a renowned men's Cotswold Morris dance team 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 (when they
restart) 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 ....
BB in Lockdown ...
We're all looking forward to
getting back to performing later in 2021, but meanwhile the team have made two video documentaries
reflecting the long months with no danceouts.
Thanks to all of the team who
took part in them, and a special thanks to the brilliant Ben Potton for
the time, effort, imagination and editing skills needed to make them happen!
(click below for videos)
The team get restless and start to plan new career choices - but the urge to
dance is never far away....
The team chat about how they are
finding lockdown and reminisce about bygone times...
BB Bunfight - we'll back in 2021!
November is usually our
Bunfight ceilidh month - sadly it couldn't happen in 2020, but we'll be back on Saturday 27
November 2021, and we're promising it will be better than ever!
Meanwhile here are just a few memories of what we got up to at past events....
forward to the 2021 season - when it starts!
Apart from our lockdown
videos, like most of the rest of the morris world we've been reduced to virtual
practices via Zoom. We hope to be out and about again later this year, but meanwhile
reflect on our fabulous 2019 season, including our annual Dorset Tour
in July, Whitby Folk Week in August, Wallingford Bunkfest in September and a
host of other great events throughout the year, not least our annual Bunfight
and Christmas season. We'll be raring to go again as soon as we can!!
2017 Sidmouth - Will's jigs rocked!
2017's John Gasson jig competition at Sidmouth proved to be the year of
Will. A fantastic jig in Hammersmith colours with excellent accompaniment by
Jim Sawyer saw them run away with first place in the solo jig competition - as
well as John's Mum's special prize for the jig she enjoyed most. And shortly
after that, dancing with Kynan Parker-Roth, and accompanied by our own Jerry,
all in fetching bandanas, the 3 of them won the double jig competition. Go
Anyone wonder who the mystery
morris team was briefly featured in the BBC Christmas Day's Downton Abbey of a
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
CONTACT US NOW IF
YOU'D LIKE TO COME TO ONE OF OUR WEEKLY PRACTICES - ALL WELCOME!
We're always delighted to welcome
new members. Although practices are temporarily suspended for obvious reasons,
we normally practice 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, especially
for our autumn practice evenings aimed at beginners and improvers (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 07715 294568, or e-mail malcolm at
berkshirebedlam dot org
You can also contact the following :
- Jameson Wooders ( j.d.wooders at gmail dot com)
- David Steptoe ( dsteptoe at outlook dot com)
Florent Crepineau (florentcrepineau at yahoo dot fr)
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
Morris Dance Page :
explanation of the origins, history, terminology and different styles of morris
and remember ....
....it never rains on Berkshire Bedlam