Our intent is to illustrate some of the old English stories through dance, music, verse and the occasional song, and to enjoy ourselves whilst doing it.
The dances are in the Border style of Morris dancing. Border Morris originated in the Welsh border areas; the origins are lost in the mists of time as with all Morris. There are, we believe, only 4 recorded, traditional, Border Morris dances – all the other dances have been made up in a similar style. We have carried on this living tradition by adopting and adapting dances we have seen and tying them together with a story.
The stories are traditionally English; mainly pre-Christian. They combine narration, dance, music and occasionally song, and each last about 20 to 30 minutes. There are currently five stories:
- The Green Man – The cycle of seasons and the spirit of the Wildwood
- The Knuckerhole Dragon – A traditional story from around Arundel
- Herne the Hunter – Another one of those mythical good(ish) guys
- The Kings Men – The story of the Rollright stones near Oxford
- Cerridwen Cauldron – The story of the birth of Taliesin
- John Barleycorn – The tale of the growing and harvest of barley