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 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 ....
Looking forward to
the 2020 season - when it starts!
Like all morris teams,
we're in limbo at the moment due of course to the coronavirus outbreak, and
reduced to practices via Zoom! We're
hoping to be able to carry on with a full programme of events later in 2020,
but for the time being all our scheduled events are on hold. Instead we can
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. Hope to see you at one of our dance outs before too
Bunfight Ceilidh - thanks for coming!
Thanks to everyone who came to our 2019 Bunfight ceilidh on Saturday 23rd November,
with it's theme of 'Bunfight on Broadway'. Another great evening - huge thanks
to the fabulous Diatonics with caller Nick Walden for the music and dances!
Great costumes on show again too (plus some which might have been better
censored), and a show spot of 'A Chorus Line' - not so much West End, more
East Berks, but great fun. We hope to be doing it all over again on Saturday 28th
November 2020, once again with the fabulous Diatonics and theme of 'Monty
Python's Flying Bunfight' - tickets on sale in September!
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 September and October 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