Archer, Dancer and Guise Performer

Archer

For a few years Laetitia was a re-enactor at the Battle of Camlann Tintagel. She participated in longbow archery displays wearing medieval costume and fought in battles.

 

Battle of Camlann 2004.

 

Laetitia’s family at the Battle of Camlann 2005.

 

Battle of Camlann Tintagel 2010
Laetitia had been a member of Wolfshead Bowmen performing archery displays at Castle Cary in Devon. They practiced at Michelham Priory Sussex and attended the magnificent festival at Herstmonceux. Her best shot was through a small hole in a shield wall at ground level where the arrow slid between the legs of a kneeling soldier wearing a kilt!Michaelham Priory Sussex

Dancer

Dancing has been one Laetitia’s life-long passions. From infancy she attempted to imitate dancers seen on television. As the years progressed she learnt ballet and during her 20s toured nightclubs as part of a dance troupe and a podium dancer. Laetitia had dancing lessons from Len Goodman at his studio (Len later became a renowned Judge on the television show Strictly Come Dancing.)
From 1999 Laetitia was a Morris dancer with Wolfshead & Vixen, she also attended belly dancing classes and in recent years has learnt Cornish dancing in Cornwall.
Colchester 1999
Whitby 2001
Rochester Sweeps Festival 2000
Rochester Sweeps Festival 2002
Rochester Sweeps Festival 2002 – Their feet didn’t touch the ground!
See video footage of Wolfshead and Vixen dancing at The Swan in West Peckham 2002. Laetitia’s son was only 10 years of age and maintained a good rhythm on the drum while she danced with Vixen.
The following videos are not good quality but they show how hard the team worked and how fabulous the dances were then and still are today.

 

 

Guise Performer

A few months after moving to Cornwall Laetitia was contacted by an acquaintance who enquired whether she would be interested in becoming an apprentice Teazer for the Penzance Obby ‘Oss Penglaz.  This is how she began conversing with Cassandra who considered her for the role with the Golowan Festival due to her past membership with a reputable Morris team and martial arts training that requires a high level of fitness. After a few practices, Cassandra decided the best way for Laetitia to learn was by performing alongside her on the streets of Penzance. She did so as part of her Teazer training during 2009 and 2010.
Montol Festival 2009

 

Mazey Eve 2009

Mazey Eve 2009

Mazey Eve 2009

Laetitia also participated in the procession for the first May Horns celebration in Penzance in 2009.

May Horns Penzance 2010
There came a time when Cassandra and Laetitia were no longer required for the Golowan festival due to political disagreements (should you require further information you will find it on the Media Page). They then created their own Guise team Boekka and re-named Cassandra’s ‘Obby ‘Oss  Penkevyll. This enabled them to tour without restriction. Boekka has visited Scotland, Wales, Kent and Laetitia is now the main Teazer for Penkevyll.

St Ives Festival 2012

Rochester Sweeps Festival 2011

St Pirans Day Redruth 2013
An experimental dance was devised by Laetitia’s talented son Rhys for Boekka’s Ceildih spot at Teignmouth folk festival 2013. Members of the band Muse attended this particular school, so dancing to their music was also a tribute to them. The sharp, fast moves were accurately performed by the dancers who were Laetitia, Rhys, Megan and Denise. It was a joy to perform and all involved were exceptional.

All Hallows Gathering Boscastle 2015

Wreckers Day of Dance Cawsand 2014
Laetitia also danced with a Cornwall Morris side from 2014 to 2016.

All Hallows Gathering Boscastle 2015
All Hallows Gathering Boscastle 2015
Unfortunately the Cornwall Morris side did not provide the ‘dark and edgy’ performance she was accustomed to and it was suddenly decided by officers that all dancers were to change their kit to brightly coloured shirts. they previously agreed that Laetitia could wear the black shirt she was accustomed to. This was one of her reasons for leaving and although some may think it petty, there were other more serious reasons.
The first Morris side in Kent that Laetitia became a member of had a high standard of performance accompanied by a dark energy and they were admired by Beltane Morris. After her experience of performing with an exceptional Morris team in the past, she could not settle for anything less.
 Laetitia’s Morris dancing time however completed a ‘full circle’ with a surprisingly wonderful occurrence at the All Hallows Dark Gathering. Read about it here A Special All Hallows Dark Gathering 2018

All Hallows Gathering Boscastle 2018 – Image Chris Neno
Laetitia now has the freedom of expression within her role as Teazer of the ‘Oss which confirmed that Morris dancing is no longer an option.
Unfortunately when one leaves a Morris team there can be repercussions. Certain officers and members who contrive to appear faultless to others but seek revenge, can group together, seek out allies and create vile false rumours with the intention to destroy the reputation of a former member:
Evil Flourishes When Good Men Do Nothing
Psychology of Mob Mentality
Psychological Foundations of False Rumours
Sexual Harrassment
How Narcississts Play the Victim and Twist the Story
“People think that a liar gains a victory over his victim. What I’ve learned is that a lie is an act of self-abdication, because one surrenders one’s reality to the person to whom one lies, making that person one’s master, condemning oneself from then on to faking the sort of reality that person’s view requires to be faked… The man who lies to the world, is the world’s slave from then on…There are no white lies, there is only the blackest of destruction, and a white lie is the blackest of all.”
-Ayn Rand
Life moves on and Laetitia now performs Appalachian Flat Foot dancing to maintain her energy levels. She can perform at folk music sessions and anywhere she chooses as all she needs is her dancing board and shoes.  Laetitia also participates in Cornish dancing on occasions.
She also utilises dance within her magical work for energy raising.
 Laetitia’s main focus is her Teazer role and performance connected to ‘Osses and Mari Lwyds. The Squire of Beltane Border Morris complimented her on her Teazer performance at the All Hallows Gathering 2016. Hearing this from an Officer of a team who give 100% during their performances was indeed a compliment from one of the best Morris sides around.
All Hallows Gathering Boscastle 2018
Cassandra is no longer Teazer for Penkevyll after an impressive 20 years, from 2017 (after 8 years of performing alongside her) Laetitia has taken over the main role. She also has two apprentice Teazers to train.
Laetitia & Morvargh -All Hallows Gathering Boscastle 2018
Laetitia is also the proud owner and rider of Morvargh the Sea ‘Oss she takes her to events when Penkevyll is unavailable and occasionally they appear together.
All Hallows Dark Gathering Boscastle

 

Outside Chepstow Castle after the 2019 Wassail.

The fun continues….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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