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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 - another great year!

 


We've been enjoying another fabulous year in 2016 with a richly varied programme. This has included visits to Coventry, Oxford, Hook, Winchester and Kirtlington, a seaside trip on our annual Dorset Tour, a festival appearance at Priddy, and in August another highly successful week long appearance at Sidmouth Folk Week. With still some great events to come, it's been a memorable year! - read all about it on the latest news page.
 
2016 jig successes at Sidmouth



Fabulous performances once again from BB members in the John Gasson Jig Competition at Sidmouth this year - Alun and Mark with musician Tom winning the double jig competition, Jameson with musician Saul winning best over 40 and 3rd place in the solo jig, Jerry as musician with Windsor dancers Charlotte and Maria coming 3rd in the double jig, and Will with Sue putting on a great show in the solo jig. Well done all!
2016 Bunfight - getting nearer!


 
Firstly, thanks to everyone who came to our fabulous Bunfight evening with Steamchicken last November, and especially to the many people who fully embraced our theme of Bunfight on the High Seas.
But we'll soon be doing it all over again this year - Saturday 26 November 2016, band the fabulous Panjandrum, theme 'Living La Vida Bunfight' - Bunfight goes to South America! - book early to be assured of your place!
Oooh what a Caper!....
...as the Big Caper show hit Hungary


BB joined forces with The Outside Capering Crew once again 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!
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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