We are a theatre arts company based in The Peak District. We have over 20 years experience in creating work for theatres, schools and communities in and around the East Midlands. Our aim is to create heart warming theatrical adventures for people of all ages. Sharing the journey with audience, artists and partners on a path that is daring, delightful and inspirational.
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A man is walking through the woods looking for monsters with a trail of children followingThe audience look towards an orge who is stood in a beautiful woodlandAn ogre is wearing a huge loaf of bread on his head like a hat and is talking to a kind vetPhil and Mark dressed as the monster menders holding a suitcase which has the words

Here Be Dragons! – Outdoor Family Advenutre

Markeaton Park, Derby.

Wed 21 – Sun 25 July, 11am & 2pm

This summer Babbling Vagabonds return to take you on an adventure into the unknown. They want to hardwire your imagination and take you on a trip that will refresh the senses, even on a hot day.

“The first thing to do when treating a poorly beastie is to calm it! The best way to calm it… is to tell it a story!”

Join the brave zoologists, the ‘Monster Menders’ as they take care of strange and peculiar creatures. Discover the wonderfully weird and woolly, the slimiest and smelliest, and those shy secretive monsters that slither and wobble about in our wonderful world.

If you have a big imagination and are brave enough to take a step into the unknown, then this is just what your family needs. Every time you find the Monster Menders a different story is made, each tale a unique experience.

Returning this summer 2020, an adventure theatre show from those ‘funsters’, the Babbling Vagabonds!

Book your tickets via the DerbyLIVE website

Such a fantastic show. The adults enjoyed it as much as the kids! Lots of fun and laughter. The guys who do this show are brilliant. Their dedication and passion shine! We all loved it!  

I enjoyed the show because I played a part. (Solomon aged 9)

Brilliant play and storytelling. Love that you included how to tell a story. We are big fans. Thanks

Loved, loved, loved this. The children were engaged throughout and very funny even for adults. What a great way to use our imaginations.

Have you found yourself or the children isolating and can’t make our performances? Listen to the audio of our story here for free.

Here Be Dragons Audio Story

The vet tries to escape the dragon


A spooky forest with shadows characters of goblins beneath a full moonShadow puppets of a girl, her cat and an ostrich called PeckyChildrens shadow puppets of forest animal lay jumbled up on a table topa collection of animal shadow puppetsBehind the scenes photo of a shadow production and we see Mark operating the shadows

Into The Woods – Rosie Red Boots – Shadow Puppet Production and Workshop

, 1:30pm Pavilion Arts Centre

Ever wondered how a shadow puppet performance is made?

Want to know how we create the magical shadow puppets in our productions? Book in on an exclusive workshop to get insight into the wonderful realm of puppets and storytelling. Get up close and explore behind the screen and find out exactly how the visual effects are made. We will happily answer any of your questions and guide you on how to make your own show.

Please note that capacity is limited and booking is essential. Places must be booked for each participating adult as well as their child. Contact Buxton Opera House to book your place.


Show: Fri 13 Aug 2021, Times TBC

We have crafting a brand new production with families called Rosie red Boots. Story making sessions have happened over Zoom and now we find ourselves with a fun story to tell. Design and drawing sessions were held online and now we turnes participants designs into shadow puppets.

Watch this mini shadow production and find out how a young girl learns to be brave to save her beloved home.

Behind the scenes: MArk stands behind a table full of shadow puppet scenery of trees





line drawing of old M&S buildingFrom above we see a table top covered in drawings on paper and coloured pencils scatteredPencil coloured drawings of old fashioned vehicles

Capturing A Moment – Digital Projection

We are creating a video projection on the Old Marks & Spencer building in Spring Gardens in Buxton with Illuminos (projection specialists extraordinaire). People have shared their memories and drawings which we are turning into a digital projection. Illuminos will animate them and compose a piece that will excite and refresh our senses. Local children have also submitted drawings of the creatures they think might be lurking behind the old shop fronts. These illustrations will be weaved into the video too. Imagine if you saw your drawing fill a building!

We can’t wait to see the final projection. We will have a grand showing later in the year when Covid restrictions have eased and everyone is feeling a little bit more confident to gather together.

Thanks to all of those who were able to join in, you’re amazing.
Mark, Tara and Phil

A drawing of the shop woolworths. Designed with bold outlines and strong colours



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