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elf encounter image Elf Encounter
Co-Production with DerbyLIVE
2020

Elf Encounter

Co-Production with DerbyLIVE

2020

Created and designed specially to meet Covid Restriction restrictions and requirements.

The Xmas 3000 is Santa’s pride and joy. It’s a magical machine that makes his job a whole lot more fun. Children’s letters are fed into it and ‘hey presto’ their presents are rolled out ready for delivery, all with a little sprinkle of elf trickery of course.

Then one day, with Christmas just around the corner, the machine breaks down. No one can explain its malfunction? A sprung spring? A gremlin in the works? 

Join those festive funsters the babbling vagabonds as they unwrap a mini festive adventure fit for the family (these times). Journey in a magical Christmas machine and encounter an elf with a talent for making trouble.

Can you help get Santa’s machine back on track, and get a naughty Elf back on the nice list?

A Christmas elf holding a giant letter

Excited christmas elf holding his new invention

James the elf crossing his fingers hoping that his new invention will work

Elf Encounter wonderful as you always are! We loved it. Very covid friendly. Personal touch, little ones loved it. The gift bag and book are beautiful and will keep us busy over Christmas. Thank you so much for a little normality.

Thanks so much….We bought our son to see Elf Encounter this morning and all 3 of us had such a lovely time. Our 6-year-olds face was a picture and he had a massive smile on when he came out…every Babbling Vagabonds show we have been to has been excellent.

We really appreciate how you’ve managed to make it safe and still absolutely hilarious, it was very strange not having the audience today but made it a more personal experience so was still brilliant. Mt pre-teen rarely finds anything other than TikTok funny these days but you had her laughing all the way through. Thank you very much…we will see you next year.

 

A man is walking through the woods looking for monsters with a trail of children following Here Be Dragons
Outdoor Touring Production
2019

Here Be Dragons

Outdoor Touring Production

2019

A unique outdoor walkabout family adventure where you journey alongside a village vet set on a quest to find and stop the dragon causing chaos in his village.

Along the way we meet an ogre with a headache, a mermaid with scale-rot, and eventually a dragon with a poorly tooth. Each creature the vet treats using stories to help distract the patients from their pain. Eventually, the vet decides to become a full-time mythical monster mender. The show culminates at the Monster Mender Camp, where together with the audience a new story is conjured up to help the Vet treat monsters in the future.

A man is walking through the woods looking for monsters with a trail of children following

Phil and MArk holding a suitcase which has the words "useful Stuff" written on it

A dragon is trying to scare the village vet

one of the actors approaches the audience with a giant loaf of bread

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.

Brothers Grimm Production Image The Night Before, The Night Before Christmas
Co-Production with DerbyLIVE
2019

The Night Before, The Night Before Christmas

Co-Production with DerbyLIVE

2019

It’s Christmas Eve and the snow’s a-falling, the winds a-whipping, and Will and Jake Grimm find themselves a-sheltering from the elements in an old barn. Trapped by a winter storm, miles away from home two brothers unwrap tales of wonder and magic to keep their Christmas spirits up. They weave wonderful worlds and conjure up colourful characters as they tell each other terrific tales of delight to pass the time.

Stories of cheeky goats, clever hedgehogs, and a funny little man who can spin straw into gold.Brothers Grimm Production Image

The Brothers Grimm On Stage

Rumplestiltskin and the Millers Daughter

Brothers Grimm - Hair and The Hedgehog

Rumplestiltskin shadow and Millers Daughter

A dinosaur bursting out of christmas wrapping paper scaring a little boy The Dinosaur That Came For Christmas
Co-Production with DerbyLIVE
2018

The Dinosaur That Came For Christmas

Co-Production with DerbyLIVE

2018

During one lonely Christmas holiday, a young boy called PJ makes an amazing discovery. This strange looking football cracks open to reveal a baby dinosaur.

As the baby dino begins to grow so does the amount of trouble PJ gets into! Sneaking his cheeky new pet away to his secret den, PJ thinks he’s solved the problem. However, PJ’s nasty neighbour, the evil Miss Blunderbuss discovers the dinosaur and steals it away, wanting it as a trophy to hang on the wall of her ‘Big Game’ hunting lodge!

Will our hero save the dinosaur? Will Miss Blunderbuss have her dino-trophy? Will Mum and Dad go ‘Jurassic when they find out what’s being going on?

A dinosaur bursting out of christmas wrapping paper scaring a little boy

Pj sat alone with shadows of dinosaurs next to him

A servant rubbing the toes of Mrs Blunderbus who is obviously in pain

A very happy Girl hugging a cardboard box dog

PJ and his Dinosaur

Honestly the best theatre I have ever seen… and I’m 38! Absolutely loved The Dinosaur Who Came For Christmas. You packed in so much humour, heart, and magic and made my 5-year-old so very happy. Thank you – looking forward to next year already!

Absolutely fabulous all-round family fun. From six years to both parents. All three kids rated it as 10/10 this afternoon, even the teenage 11-year-old. Thank you. You are sooooo good.

Sing along with PJ here to the catchy song in our Christmas production with DerbyLIVE, The Dinosaur Who Came For Christmas”.

 

Prince Stroppy Pants and the Christmas Caper show image Prince Stroppy Pants And The Christmas Caper
Co-Production with DerbyLIVE
2017

Prince Stroppy Pants And The Christmas Caper

Co-Production with DerbyLIVE

2017

His Royal Highness the Prince is the bossiest, stroppiest, snottiest Prince that ever did live.
He is rude and he is lazy and worst of all he is given everything that he asks for.
“I want more presents!” whines the Prince
“I want it to snow right now and to go skiing in the garden!” he demands
“Yes your Highness” replies the servants

But one day he asks for the unthinkable…
“I want Father Christmas’ Magical Sleigh and I WANT IT NOW!!!!”
And his dad the Right Royal King set out to find it. After a week of waiting the Prince starts to worry, after a month he is scared.
“Where is my daddy! I want him now!”
Will the Prince get his daddy back? Will he learn some manners along the way?

A spoilt prince sat on top of lots of presents with a king and a girl knight looking up at him

It’s entertaining, engaging, exciting, fun, and highly recommended for families, particularly with younger children. 

Once again the Babbling Vagabonds have succeeded in bringing festive cheer to the Guildhall Theatre with another fantastic family show. The songs are wonderfully catchy, (we were singing them all the way back to the car afterwards!) the humour is perfect for all ages and it carries a heartwarming message too. HUZZAH! (Watch the show and you’ll get this!)

A large shadow screen full of participants shadow puppets Creepy Critters and Shadowy Stories
Community Story Making Project
2017

Creepy Critters and Shadowy Stories

Community Story Making Project

2017

October 2017 was a fantastic time, working at Pooles Cavern, in Buxton. We ran 5 community workshops and hosted a  big sharing at a Storytellers Camp, where Phil and Mark told everyone’s tales in front of their shadowy puppets.
Together we created new tales and wonderful shadow puppets that supported the stories.
Many thanks to the 187 local people who joined us in the creation and the final sharing, we would love to do this again.

We were supported by the amazing Buxton Civic Association (BCA), the Bingham Trust and Foundation Derbyshire.

 

The King's gardener proudly showing his golden apple tree WILD WALK – The Golden Thief
Outdoor Touring Production
2017/18

WILD WALK – The Golden Thief

Outdoor Touring Production

2017/18

Outdoor Touring Production

Explorers, Wanderers and Daring Adventurers! Join the Babbling Vagabonds on a wild walk advenutre to discover the rascal who has been stealing the King’s apples. You will need to be brave and think quickly as you wander in the great outdoors as you help to find the golden thief.

A little video of what happened in 2017 click here

And more of what happened in 2018 click here

Babbling Vagabonds present A Wild Walk - The Golden Thief Production Image

Captain Sprout and the Christmas Pirates Publicity image Captain Sprout and the Christmas Pirates
Co-Production with DerbyLIVE
2016

Captain Sprout and the Christmas Pirates

Co-Production with DerbyLIVE

2016

Being a pirate is great fun! What with sailing the seven seas, the ‘Yo-ho-ho-ing’, digging up treasure, and no one ever telling you to go to bed. Unfortunately, being a pirate puts you straight onto Santa’s naughty list so – NO CHRISTMAS!!

Until one chilly Christmas Eve, the naughty pirate Captain Sprout plots a stinking plot to steal Christmas for himself.

Armed with his band of cut-throat pirates and a magic treasure map, that rotter is robbing the good children of Derby of their Christmas stockings whilst they are asleep in their beds!

Captain Sprout and the Christmas Pirates Publicity image

Freddie sat listening The pirates on the ship gathered around and talking Two pirates looking sad and walking away as Freddie looks on

Pirates on ship

Upset pirates walking off ship

Tarazanna attacking the evil professor Tazanna
Co-Production with The Gramophones
2016

Tazanna

Co-Production with The Gramophones

2016

An ariel jungle adventure.

Anna doesn’t like mess, she likes things to be in order. But her whole world is turned upside down when she is transported to the Rainforest and discovers wonders she’s never seen before. Wild creatures appear and dance before her as she swings through the jungle of her dreams. But when her new home is put in danger, can she let go and become the wild Tarzanna she needs to be in order to save her newfound friends?

We worked with The Gramophones Theatre Company to create a theatrical circus ariel piece for Feste, Derby.

Tarazanna attacking the evil professor

 

flames of a fire Campfire Tales: The Firebird
Storytelling
2016

Campfire Tales: The Firebird

Storytelling

2016

A fun project experimenting with storytelling and animation. Watch and listen as this tale unfolds by the fireside.

The Potty Professor’s Christmas Miracle
Co-Production with DerbyLIVE
2015

The Potty Professor’s Christmas Miracle

Co-Production with DerbyLIVE

2015

Co-Production with DerbyLIVE

Sally is dreading the Christmas holidays. She’d rather stay at her fancy-pants boarding school thanks very much. Instead, she has to spend it with her oddball Uncle, a potty professor with a passion for all things Christmassy… and Sally hates Christmas!

Charmed by her Uncles’ crackpot creations and his sense of fun, Sally discovers that life needn’t be all ‘work work work’ and can be more ‘fun fun fun’.

But when bossy Aunt Agatha turns up on Christmas Eve and threatens to ruin everything Sally snaps into action to save the day… and Christmas!

A magical tale of family, friendship and one potty professor’s Christmas miracle.

The Brothers Grimm
Touring Indoor Theatre Production
2016

The Brothers Grimm

Touring Indoor Theatre Production

2016

Using an immersive narrator style “The Brothers Grimm” combines comic drama and gentle audience interaction. This original collection of folktales are told in a carefully crafted script that creates a captivating performance experience that hooks young and old alike.

 

 

Two storytellers having fun retelling a story to one another ​Rumple-Trumpy-Bum and Other Cheeky Chappie
Touring Indoor Theatre Production
2015

​Rumple-Trumpy-Bum and Other Cheeky Chappie

Touring Indoor Theatre Production

2015

The “Story Cart” arrives and out tumbles a selection of stories; tales to warm your hearts and send imaginations flying to the tops of the tallest tree and soaring into the darkest caves.

Rich tales aching to be told by the Babbling Vagabonds – master storytellers!

 


From the youngest at 18 months old to the eldest at 54 with all possible variations in between… this was a pretty perfect way for our sprawling family to spend an afternoon

A naughty girl wrecking a christmas tree and upsetting the elves Naughty Meg and The Christmas Elves
Co-Production with DerbyLIVE
2014

Naughty Meg and The Christmas Elves

Co-Production with DerbyLIVE

2014

For Naughty Meg being a trouble maker is easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy, thank you very much!

Her parents are reduced to gibbering wrecks, neighbours hide from her havoc, and even the wasps give this tornado of trouble a wide berth when Meg is on one of her rampages!

But when Meg makes it to the top of Santa’s naughty list and she doesn’t get any presents, Meg upsets the Christmas Elves, and war is declared.

A wickedly comic Christmas tale for anyone who has been the slightest bit naughty.

Naughty Meg looking very grumpy

Meg jumping high very happy as two washer woman look on

Naughty Meg eating scraps of food as two characters dressed as rats look on

Puppeteer with Beryl the chicken puppet

Fab festive fun with #naughtymeg @DerbyLIVE @BabVagabonds this afternoon! We thoroughly enjoyed it – A lovely festive family show! Awesome!

Watch the trailer here

 

Beneath a big full moon 3 actors watch a small boat sail across the ocean The Christmas Chocolate Shop
Co-Production with DerbyLIVE
2013

The Christmas Chocolate Shop

Co-Production with DerbyLIVE

2013

The story by Caryl Hart, adapted by Babbling Vagabonds.

Faces glow with Christmas joy as the snow begins to fall.

 

Beneath a big full moon 3 actors watch a small boat sail across the ocean

Actor pretending to be a bus driver in a cardboard style bus

The storyteller opens a pop up book and its shadow of a group of people are cast on the back wall

2 actors operate little cloth puppets as the 3rd actor watches on

A man using sand to make shadows on an over head projector The Buried Moon
Touring Indoor Theatre Production
2011

The Buried Moon

Touring Indoor Theatre Production

2011

This is a story of when the Maiden of the Moon decided to leave her place in the sky and come down to Earth. As she explores she comes across many a scary creature that would rather see the end of the Moon
Maiden. For it’s her bright light that keeps these terrible creatures trapped in the bogs and darkest corners of moors and grassland.

But one dark night the Maiden of the Moon goes missing and the land is
plunged into darkness. Can anyone find the moon? Where has she gone? Who will keep away the
things in the marshes?

A brave boy called Mossy sets out to find the Maiden of the Moon and put
those creeping creatures back where they belong.

The story is told by two cousins who are staying for a sleepover in Granny’s
house. The objects they find in Grannies spare room help tell the story of The
Buried Moon. A wardrobe open ups to reveal a fun playing space for puppets and shadow play.

A man using sand to make shadows on an over head projector

A man operates a puppet of a young boy

Farmer puppets sit and have a conversation

puppeteer holding a fox shadow puppet

 

Black and white image of Childrens shilouettes holding shadow puppets Shadow Puppet Workshops
2002-present

Shadow Puppet Workshops

2002-present

Over the past 20 years, we have delivered many shadow puppet workshops with schools, community groups, and family groups. We take participants on a creative journey helping them design, cut out and make their very own shadow puppet.

These are a lot of fun for everyone and they have a magical effect when the lights go down and the children operate their shadows on the screen.

 

Black and white image of Childrens shilouettes holding shadow puppets

A screen shows two children in shilouetter making shadow puppets

Over head shot of a family making Christmas shadow puppets

A view of 5 animal shadow puppets that children are holding up

Two children holding their own shadow puppets against a screen

A girl holds up her shaow puppet rabbits in front of a screen

A giant blue puppet of a person stands behind a King and a wolf The Firebird
Outdoor Touring Production
2002

The Firebird

Outdoor Touring Production

2002

When the King’s golden apples go missing can the Royal sons find out and capture the thief? When Ivan, the youngest son, sets out he embarks on an adventure that changes his life. He strikes up an unusual friendship with a talking wolf, that helps him overcome great obstacles on his journey.

An epic tale about friendship and resilience.

A giant blue puppet of a person stands behind a King and a wolf