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August - Saturday 19th - Earthly Paradise Recycled in Shropshire.

Our seventh tour of Shropshire. Border dances performed in the traditional border area and the villages where they were first recorded.

Saturday 19 August 2017

13.00

The Wheatsheaf, High Street

Shrewsbury

SY1 1ST

14.00-
15.00

Impromptu dancing around Shrewsbury town centre

Shrewsbury

16.00

Battlefield 1403, Upper Battlefield

Shrewsbury

SY4 3DB

19.00

The Three Fishes, Fish Street

Shrewsbury

SY1 1UR

20.00

Prince of Wales, Bynner St. Belle Vue

Shrewsbury

SY3 7NZ

All the performances in pubs and public spaces are open to all. No need to book, just turn up. The play is always performed in the bar and dancing is outside. Anyone planning to eat at one of the pubs must book in advance.

Charitable donations...

We make a donation to charity every year thanks to all our generous friends and supporters, please help us to continue this tradition.

Facial disguise

The blackened faces go back to at least the seventeenth century, long before the Minstrel
Shows, and it is thought that the dancers wished to remain anonymous at a time when begging was illegal. It used to be said around Shropshire that you weren’t a morris man unless you had a blackened face. The Government Minister for Culture, Media and Sport has agreed that “there are no racial connotations linked with this tradition”.

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