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 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 ....
BB Bunfight - thanks for coming!
We had a great evening in November with the much anticipated return of our annual Bunfight
ceilidh! With a theme of 'Abba and all things Swedish', and the fabulous
Diatonics playing, Emma Wooders calling, and a host of BB style
entertainments, it was really good to be have all the idiosyncrasies of the
Bunfight back again . As usual there were some highly imaginative outfits on
show, and later on a special spot from BB, who showed one way to perform to
the Wellerman sea shanty (other ways are available...). If you missed it
this time, come and join us on Sat 25th Nov 2023 when we'll be doing it all
2022 - a welcome return
We're delighted to have been back to regular performances in 2022 after the disrupted schedules
of the last couple of years. And it's been a full year of events, with
appearances at the Oxford Folk Festival, Wokingham May Fayre, a
fabulous 50th birthday weekend with Great Western Morris, days out in Windsor,
Kirtlington, Brighton and Sidmouth, plus the Shrewsbury Folk Festival and the
Wallingford Bunkfest during the summer. We've finished the year off with the
return of the Bunfight and the Wokingham Winter Carnival in November, and
the St. Thomas's Day dance out in Wokingham in December - great to be back!
BB in the Media
popped up in all sorts of unusual places and odd guises over the years -
here are a few:
BBC's Downton Abbey (an episode broadcast on a Christmas Day)
CBBC's Chucklevision with Paul and Barry Chuckle....
BBC's Eggheads, where we were one question away from £59,000
CBBC's Spacehoppers with Big Cook Ben and Little Cook Small
And we've been asked
not to mention a guest appearance at one of Sting's birthday parties,
along with a selection of celebrity guests including David Walliams,
Robert Downey Jr, Kevin Spacey, and others, so we're not going to
See our Media Page for more details of
some of these, plus links to a range of YouTube clips of our morris
performances, some unforgettable special spots, pop videos and more!
There are also links to DVDs featuring us, so that you can also have a little BB at home with you!
Us / Join Us / Book Us
EVENING PRACTICES - ALL WELCOME - CONTACT US IF INTERESTED!
We're always delighted to welcome
new members. We normally practice on Thursday evenings at the Scout Hut in Evendons Lane,
Wokingham, RG41 4DX (next to the Redlands Farm Park car park -
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 - we 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 :
- Charles Allison ( Cmuisca1 at aol 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