Thrales were spawned from the coal mines of South Middlesex in November 1994. The side takes it's name from Hester Thrale, companion to Dr Johnson and wife of the founder of the Courage brewery, via the room of the same name in the Anchor pub in Southwark, where we originally practiced.
We generally perform our own dances, but our repertoire includes a version of the traditional dance from the fishing village of Beadnel. Our own dances are generally named after various London pubs including the Anchor, the Lord Clyde, the Admiral Duncan, the Royal Oak and the Old School Yard, all of which have been supportive of Thrales at various times during the side's history.
We perform at festivals across the United Kingdom and further afield, but can generally be found touring various areas within London itself. The second Friday of each month are our usual tour nights and we normally aim to dance in around 7-8 pubs in an area of London starting from around 8pm.