The Shropshire Bedlams and Martha Rhoden's Tuppenny Dish are two Border Morris sides who always perform together. We are based in South West Shropshire, centred around the small market town of Bishop's Castle.
"When these two teams from Shropshire burst onto the morris dancing world in the mid 1970s, nobody knew what had hit them. They were the first to go round together as companion teams of men and women, and the first to concentrate exclusively on the previously neglected dances from Shropshire, Herefordshire, and Worcestershire – Border Morris. Both groups present radical and revolutionary interpretations of the original dances, along with a large dollop of repertoire specially concocted by team members.
These days you can see teams inspired by the Bedlams throughout the morris world, whereas only the most discerning have followed the lead of Martha Rhoden’s. With many family groups amongst the membership, these teams have no trouble enlisting young new recruits, as well as aggressively breeding their own, and continue to put on a unique show full of sparkling originality and vitality." (Sidmouth Festival publicity)