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GUEST,Anne Croucher Scratch Morris sides (72* d) RE: Scratch Morris sides 04 Sep 04

I have gone along to watch the Motley Morris during Sidmouth week for many years, but am unaware of any 'stunt' they were involved in last year. This year I decided to get more involved and took my drum along, and it was great.

I feel that there is a basic right to be an amateur, fundamental to the British psyche - in an environment where there are lots of polished performers, dozens of well rehersed and uniformed groups there has to be a place for those who arrive without a team, without 'the right kit' - and the Motley Morris provides it.

The dancers do go wrong sometimes, they are not always in step and their performance of the steps varies - but why is that a bad thing?

Are we so fixated with Performance Art that the dance is not important? As for 'the audience' - we don't have to accept a TV mentality, total separation between performers and audience is a very modern concept. So is the Morris Ring come to that.

I am a singer - but I do not perform for an audience, I expect the involvement of others, that is Folk.

The Motley Morris is just people being there and doing the dances for the dance - not for the side - not really for the onlookers, just for the joy of it.

They have not disrupted other sides or performers, not that I have ever seen - I have never even seen a dancer get into a pet, or an argument of any kind. I have seen them demonstrating steps, explaining the order of the dance, first one person then another, so as to make the best they can of their diversity.

That is not anarchic behaviour - that bit of the promenade that week is possibly the only bit of truely democratic ground in the country.


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