March 2019 Newsletter

Family Adventures Coming This Summer

We are pleased to announce that our new summer adventure for families will be part of Buxton Fringe Festival, Derby Parks Summer Program with DerbyLIVE and a venue in Belper. (TBC)

Seek us out in Grin Low Woods (Pooles Cavern), Buxton from Sat 20- Wed 24 July. Find us in Markeaton Park Craft Village Mon 5- Sat 10  Aug. You can buy tickets now!

This summer we are creating a unique experience for families titled “Here Be Dragons!” For this new adventure, we are drawing inspiration from those unchartered areas of maps where beasts and serpents may dwell.

Ever tangled with a five-headed Hottle-Spottle with a toothache? Or soothed a silver-tongued slimp-slatherer with a drooling problem? Meet the secretive ‘Creature Carers’ and help them to conjure a story to becalm a bewildered beastie.

man running in wood

Happy 40th!

We are excited to announce that we will be working with Buxton International Festival and Buxton Fringe in a schools project to celebrate their 40th anniversaries. We will be creating something wonderful with local school children for Buxton Carnival and BIF performance of Saint- Saens Carnival of the Animals and we will share our progress via our newsletter and our usual social media platforms. Can’t wait to see how this project develops.

Carnival of the animals

Our Creative Process

Ever wondered how we create our work. Head to our website and read our blogs.  Under the heading, ‘ Our Process’ there are posts about how we write the story, design for the stage, puppet making and songwriting.

Fun Finds This Month

boom Magazine

A great resource for anyone living in or near Belper with a young family. From articles on early learning, recipes and a full listing of local activities and eateries it’s definitely something to have on hand.

Boom magazine logo

Jungle Book

Derby Theatre production this for families this Easter
5-20 April

jungle book

Buxton International Festival Roadshow

A bitesize hour-long performance to dip your toe into opera, music and books in a friendly atmosphere

Buxton International Festival Roadshow

Spread the Word

Know anyone who would enjoy reading about our work, please feel free to forward on our newsletter and invite them to join the Tribe.

February 2019 Newsletter

Here Be Dragons

This summer we are creating a unique experience for families titled “Here Be Dragons!” For this new adventure, we are drawing inspiration from those unchartered areas of maps where beasts and serpents may dwell.

Ever tangled with a five-headed Hottle-Spottle with a toothache? Or soothed a silver-tongued slimp-slatherer with a drooling problem? Meet the secretive ‘Monster Menders’ and help them to conjure a story to becalm a bewildered beastie.
We will let you know the full details of the tour as it develops.

Old Map

Our Theatre Adventures Reaching New Heights

Last month we spent time at Greentop Community Circus working out and formulating ideas for a new project. With the help of Claire Crook, circus artist AKA Madam Mango, and Teo Greenstreet from Greentop Circus Centre in Sheffield and Ian Morley at Barnsley Civic Theatre we have been working on a new project idea with the aim to produce a circus production suitable for families which will premiere in 2020. Next will be the task of teasing out the story from our initial ideas and seeking out the funds to realise this shared creative adventure.

Greentop Circus Sheffield

Our Creative Process

Ever wondered how we create our work. Head to our website and read our blogs.  Under the heading, ‘ Our Process’ there are posts about how we write the story, design for the stage, puppet making and songwriting.

Fun Finds This Month

Meet The Storytellers Of Sound

It’s amazing the mundane everyday objects these people use to create the sound effects for films

Sound Desk

Wow! It’s Night Time

Touring nationally, if this comes to a theatre near you it would be worth a visit. Puppetry for 2-5 year olds

Wow its night time

Nurture Store – Creative and delightful learning

Head to this website and sign up for the newsletter if ever you need a bit of inspiration when it comes to entertaining the kids with art, play and sensory learning

Nurture Store

January 2019 Newsletter

New Show For Christmas 2019

The fairy lights have only just been packed away and already, for us, Christmas is in the air. We have the task this year of writing a brand new story all about a Christmas Toy Shop. Where will our creativity take us? Who or what might be the next hero of our story? Rest assured if you follow us, you can follow our story as we journey on our next adventure together.
Some families have thrown caution to the wind and already booked their seats to see The Christmas Toy Shop Mystery. So if you want the best seats in the house then head to DerbyLIVE to buy your tickets.

Christmas Toyshop Mystery

New Adventures Planned for 2019

We are busy working on new ideas for the future. We are already thinking of the summer and submitting funding bids so we can take families on yet more memory making magical adventures. This year could see the rise of Dragons!

We are also developing a project with Circus Artist Madam Mango, Greentop Circus Centre in Sheffield and Barnsley Civic Theatre and we will let you know how things develop with this project through our newsletter and social media.

dragon in sketchbook

Our Creative Process

Ever wondered how we create our work. Head to our website and read our blogs.  Under the heading, ‘ Our Process’ there are posts about how we write the story, design for the stage, puppet making and songwriting.

Fun Finds This Month

The Dad Lab

Be inspired and follow one dad’s journey on creating many and varied fun and easy activities that he does with his kids

The Dad Lab

Hedgehog’s Home

A 10 minute award winning animation about a hedgehog defending his home from a fox, a wolf, a bear and a wild boar. A story that reminds us there is no place like home.

Hedgehogs Home

Just So Festival

Billed as the family weekend beyond your wildest dreams. For anyone looking to create unforgettable memories with their families.

Just So festival

October 2018 Newsletter

October 2018 Newsletter

Designasaurus Workshops
Designasaurus workshops

Half Term Dinosaur Adventures

This October half term we are with DerbyLIVE running workshops for kids aged 3-11 at Markeaton Park Craft Village. It’s a fun interactive workshop that will provide some rip-roaring fun for your little raptors! You can book tickets via DerbyLIVE

 

Dinosaur production image
Our Christmas Production

Christmas Countdown

Can’t believe I’ve used the c-word. Yes, Christmas is on its way. We are already thinking about the festive season and have started making the puppets for the show. If you want to know more about our process look out for more blog posts on our website. There’ll be one on puppet making very soon.

The team at DerbyLIVE have informed us that ticket sales are already going well, and some performances are already limited tickets. (It’s only October!) So if you fancy a seasonal treat come and say hello to us at The Guildhall this December. Book your tickets from the DerbyLIVE website

 

Design sketchbook for The Dinosaur that came for Christmas
Mark sketches ideas for The Dinosaur That Came For Christmas

Designing Our Shows

If you fancy knowing more about how we design our shows head to our website and check out our latest blog posts where we give you insight into our process.

Fun Finds This Month

Sculpture_Geek

Find this talented artist on YouTube and Instagram. Watch them sculpt incredibly detailed models from clay.

Work by sculpture Geek
Sculpture Geek

Top Halloween Activities in Derbyshire

20 places to visit for a Halloween treat

Carved Pumkins
Carved Pumpkins

Red Ted Art

This is a great person to follow especially on Pinterest and Instagram. She is an award-winning blogger and full of inspirational craft ideas for children.

Red Ted Art cute and easy crafts for kids
Red Ted Art

 

September 2018 Newsletter

 

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

This summer has been WILD!

Our outdoor summer adventure feels like ages ago. The kids are back to school and we are now firmly back in the office, report writing, thinking about Christmas and making plans for next year.

We had such fun this summer meeting our audiences. Great to see so many new faces joining our Tribe and heartwarming to see those families who support us again and again. So many fun-filled moments at the various venues we performed at and so many delighted faces as the audience ventured from scene to scene. Just magic, so thank you.

Babbling Vagabonds A Wild Walk - The Golden thief Production Image
High Fives at A Wild Walk – The Golden Thief

Blogging!

We’ve decided to start blogging about how we create our work. It’s a new adventure so there will probably be a few stumbles along the way, but if you want to find out more about our process visit our website or click here 
babbling vagabonds rehearsal
Rehearsal for The Golden Thief

Designasaur Workshop

This October half term we are with DerbyLIVE running workshops for kids 3-11 at Markeaton Park Craft Village. It’s a fun interactive workshop that will provide some rip-roaring fun for your little raptors! You can book tickets via DerbyLIVE

Fun Family Dinosaur Workshop

Writing a Story Babbling Vagabonds Style

Phil has written a blog post about how we write our stories if you fancy having a read.

Fun Finds This Month

FESTE in DERBY

So much street performance to experience you won’t want to miss this!

Feste Derby
Artists Performing at Feste, Derby

Giants of Liverpool

Get ready to walk in the footsteps of Giants. Royal De Luxe are the Worlds Leading Street Theatre Company

Giant Grandma - Royal De Lux
Walking With Giants – Royal De Luxe

Kubo and the Two Strings

We love this film and this is an insight into how they made it. Incredible!

Kubo and the Two Strings
Kubo and the Two Strings

July 2018 Newsletter

Summer Starts Here!

This month sees the start of our summer tour A Wild Walk – The Golden Thief. I’m sure you’ve heard all about it and some of you may have even booked your tickets. If you’re not organised your tickets I’ll make things easy…click here and know that you are going to enjoy spending time with Babbling Vagabonds this summer.
The Gardener presenting the Kings Golden Apple tree in Babbling Vagabonds production of A Wild Walk
The Gardener and the Golden Apple tree

The King Loves GOLD!

As part of our summer tour of A Wild Walk – The Golden Thief, we want you to get creative. We want you to create your own Royal Rosette and bring it along to the show to catch the eye of the King. He just loves GOLD!

We’ve made a short “How To” Video.  Get ready to be creative, it’s not just the kids that get to have fun…you can too.

Rostte making
A Royal Rosette fit for a King

A Meeting of Minds

The Buxton Pavilion project has now culminated in an exhibition called “A Meeting of Minds”. This has been a collaborative project between Architecture students from Derby University, Buxton Junior School, an architect and engineer from Spaces into Places and Babbling Vagabonds. The exhibition is of drawing and models by the students when they were asked to design a community pavilion for Buxton.
There are hopes that this is the first stepping stone in realising a community pavilion that can be built and used for next years Buxton International Festival…so watch this space for developments.

The Exhibition 6th-25th July
Open Daily 10am-4pm
The Mezzanine Gallery
Cavendish Arcade
Buxton
SK17 6AL

A meeting of Minds exhibition space
A Meeting of Minds Exhibition at the Cavendish Arcade, Buxton

Fun Finds This Month

JAM

Online courses to make our kids smarter, engaged and even more creative

JAM - online courses for Kids

Happy Kids = Happy Parents

Visit Peak District gives us some great ideas to entertain the kids

TED Talks Ideas worth spreading

2800+ talks to stir your curiosity

TED logo

June 2018 Newsletter

Time To Get Creative

As part of our summer tour of A Wild Walk – The Golden Thief, we want you to get creative. For anyone coming to see our show we want them to create their own Royal Rosette and bring it along to the show to catch the eye of the King. He just loves GOLD!

Not sure how to make one? Need some helpful hints? We are here to help!

We’ve made a short “How To” Video and posted it on youtube. Click on the photo below and get ready to be creative, it’s not just the kids that get to have fun…you can too.

Click this link www.babblingvagabonds.co.uk  for information on “A Wild Walk – The Golden Thief” the venues and to buy tickets.

A great family production for anyone brave enough to take a walk with a Prince who is trying to find The Golden Thief.

Sharing The Journey In Story Making

Ever wondered how we come up with our stories? Curious as to what techniques we use to get the best story ever written? Well, Phil, Joint Artistic Director will reveal all very soon in a blog post about how we create our story for Christmas. What goes into making up a story and what tools and tricks we use to create something exciting, heartwarming and fun.

Fun Finds This Month

Global Grooves

These guys know how to deliver a carnival, you can get involved too!

 

Aquila Magazine

A fun looking magazine for an inquisitive kid

 

Buxton Fringe Festival 4-22 July

Something for everyone at the Buxton Fringe Festival this year