Wednesday, 24 April 2013

JMO Day of Dance - Exeter

What a fantastic day!

A great side amongst great sides!  Lovely weather and a warm welcome from our hosts Great Western Morris.

Notice the new baldricks!

This is the new side of 2013 and we're ready to go for the year!

To me, the high points were getting through Valakeinen in one piece, dragging Beltane Border into a Princess Royal and the mass dance at the end.

Oh...and the Beer!

See you all at Upton!

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Next chance to see us.

Joint Morris


Day of Dance 2013

Saturday 20 April 2013

This year's JMO day of dance is being hosted by 

Great Western!

There will be will hundreds of dancers from all over the
country doing their stuff in and around the city
centre and quay, and an hour's free Morris Taster Session
 for the public at the Phoenix Arts Centre
from 3pm.

There'll be Clog and Rapper and North-West and
Sword and Cotswold and goodness knows what.
 The 40-odd sides will be grouped into threes and
fours and make their way around a circuit of
 city centre spots, swapping groups as they go
so that things are as different and confusing as possible.
 All of the tour will be inside the city's Roman walls: 

So we'll all be quite near each other all the time, and travel between
spots will be a doddle. 

We'll end up at the Cathedral's west front processional way for a mass
stand at 4pm.

This table shows the day's programme from the point of view of the
sides (teams).
But please bear in mind that we're still getting requests to take part
and occasional news
that others can't make it any more. So check back again soon!
We'll keep this as up to date as we can.
And this one from the point of view of the dance spots:

The Golden Gondola


The Great Western Academy will be awarding several
 Golden Gondola Awards for conspicuous
 contributions to the cause of Morris during the day.
 Amongst a number of exciting categories will be awards
for the Most Memorable Performance, the Most Entertaining Moment,
and the Most Embarrassing Gaff. Members of the Academy will
be watching out for memorable moments and taking nominations
throughout the day, and are the only people with a vote.
Bribery is perfectly acceptable.

There will also be a public access workshop in the afternoon.
The Phoenix will also host a Morris shop,
and has a bar.
For more information: 01626 354705 or email great western morris

Parking on the day:


Exeter is the home of the Met Office! Of course there'll be weather.
The map below shows where the different sides taking part come from.

View JMO Sides 28-02-2013 in a larger map

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Wednesday, 10 April 2013


Well, it seems that during the Practice Season our musician, Doug has been a bit busy.  He came out to us a few months ago at the post practice pub session.

"I'm a thespian!"  He proudly announced.

Since then, every week he has been hard at work getting ready for quite a production.


Presented by Hexagon Theatre Company on 25th to 27th April 2013 at 7.30 pm.
Winner of the 2007 Laurence Olivier Award (Best New Play)

A tense, edge-of-your-seat drama. A man has an unexpected meeting with a woman from his past, and their earlier relationship comes under close scrutiny. Where will your sympathies lie? Will it be a clear-cut, straightforward choice for you?  What will it lead to?

No interval, but stay to enjoy a drink and discussion after the show.
Not suitable for children
Tickets £12

If you're around, it's at the Cotswold Playhouse in Stroud.  Knowing Doug as I do, it'll be absolutely brilliant.  Here's a link to the website to buy tickets, and I recommend you do.

Cotswold Playhouse - Blackbird