Who are We?
The side was formed in September 1991, meeting appropriately in the shadow of a hill known as Bedlams Bank at Merstham, Surrey. We are now based in Croydon.
We aim to perform about twice a month throughout most of the year. In addition to performing at local pubs, hosting of own day of dance and joining other sides to dance we also take part in Folk Festivals and other events around the country.
We wear masks as a form of disguise, historically to prevent identification when dancing for money. Our coats, known as ‘tatters’ are jackets of strips of cloth.
We dance in the energetic, noisy and exuberant Bedlam (Border) tradition and welcome all adults to join us as new dancers, whether experienced or beginners, at all times. Musicians with traditional instruments are equally welcome.
The best way to give it a try is to come along to one of our practices on a Tuesday night, then join us in the pub for a drink and a chat afterwards.
We meet for practice at 8:00 pm on the first and third Tuesday of the month throughout the year, unless we are dancing out or have been to an all weekend event.