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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Two fairies fly above a peaty bog character while 2 chiclren walk above them on a moorland

Bogtastic! – FREE family outdoor theatre

30 Sept – 3 Oct, The Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, Derbyshire

Performance times 11am & 2pm

Under the ground, beneath the moors, live Cottongrass and Bilberry! Fairies descended from the great bog protectors ‘Stinky’ and ‘Quagmire’. They work tirelessly to keep the balance in their peaty home. It’s hard work, but they love their world and they will do whatever it takes to keep harmony amongst the hummocks and hollows of their blankety bog.

Then one fateful day a new threat emerges from ‘them on top’, plunging our plucky bog fairies into a desperate battle.

It’s an epic struggle they won’t be able to win on their own. They need help. But from who?

Babbling Vagabonds have teamed up with Moors For The Future Partnership to take a fun look at how important our local landscape is in helping fight climate change. Using puppets and theatrical magic take a journey into the realms of fairies, mossy hillocks, and ancient peaty beings.

This is an outdoor production please be prepared for the weather. Anything can happen in Buxton! Head to the children’s play park area and you will find the fairies den.


Tickets are FREE. For further information follow this link.

Lottery Funded: Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

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! – Now A Free Audio Story

We have had such fun with this show we thought we would turn it into an audio story so you can enjoy it for longer.

Here’s what our audiences thought of “Here be Dragons”

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.

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 & 3pm 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, 10.30am, 1pm & 2pm

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 turn 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.

Tickets are free. Get them from the Buxton Opera House Website.

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


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