Sunday, December 10, 2006
Dancing for the BBC in Portland Place
We were asked to come and teach people some morris dancing for the BBC.
The programme was about the madness of the licensing law, which means that pubs need a special license when there's music being performed there.
Or if pubgoers have a sing-song.
Though not for them to be shouting all evening watching football.
It's part of a series about nutty laws under Labour.
Anyhow, it turns out the premise of the programme was that a pub in London used to have a sing song and what loophole could they use to get round the law.
They could get away with it if the pub was on wheels, or if they were all carrying placards.
Or, if they were Morris dancing. Morris dancers are exempt.
So, we all came in and danced a dance (wonderful place to dance, I wish I'd had my camera), and tried to teach them to do some.
Which would have been alright, but they wanted us to dance to sing-a-long songs. Knees up mother Brown, A long road to Tipperary etc.
We tried, but I think the exercise showed that it didn't work.
33 Portland Place is a great place. it felt somewhat surreal. It's like a stately home that's been used for raves and such like.
You can sign an online pertition about the licensing law here