The Crew is a highly inventive team with a vigorous, enthusiastic style of performance, partly inspired by modern street entertainers.
We love to dance on the street, but we also offer a tight set suitable for ceilidhs and barn dances, and an entertaining and varied hour-long show, The Big Caper, which we have created with the excellent Berkshire Bedlam Morris. We wave flags in processions.
Our dances are designed to be enjoyed by all ages – and especially people who think they don’t like morris dancing.
A show might well include one or two of our mesmerising bacca-pipes dances (fancy footwork over two crossed churchwarden-style pipes), inventive Cotswold morris jigs, a comic item, a broom dance and something to involve the audience.
Our ceilidh spots generally last between eight and 15 minutes and feature four to six varied dances performed in rapid sequence, with an optional audience-participation dance to finish.
The Big Caper was premiered in 2006 in Belgium and has since been developed as a one-hour family entertainment for occasional performance at UK festivals, and also adapted for shorter performances. It features the best of our street dances and some specially created material. Berkshire Bedlam performs showpiece material which may include a coconut-clashing dance, stick throwing, and a theatrical sword-fighting dance. Both teams interact throughout the show, which finishes with a spectacular leapfrog finale. There is plenty of audience interaction. Read more here.
We are also keen to share our skills and ideas at workshops.