We are Babbling Vagabonds, a theatre arts company based in the Peak District. We have over 20 years of experience in creating work for theatres, schools, and communities in and around the East Midlands. Our aim is to create heartwarming theatrical adventures for people of all ages.

We believe everyone deserves to experience the joy of theatre, and we are committed to making our work accessible to everyone. We offer a variety of experiences from workshops to productions and we are always looking for new ways to engage and share the journey with audience, artists and partners on a path that is daring, delightful and inspirational.

Our work is rooted in storytelling, and we believe that stories have the power to connect us, inspire us, and teach us about ourselves and the world around us. We create stories that are both entertaining and thought-provoking, and we hope that our work will leave a lasting impression on our audiences.

If you are looking for a theatrical experience that will take you on a journey, we invite you to join us on our next adventure

Click on the images below for more information.

A teddy appears in an overly large cardboard style washing machine and has a bubble looking hairstyleCharacter Lucy rubs noses with a yellow teddy bearBetty and Burt Hold up tin plates in a dance routineThe young girl is on stage and holds amagnifying glass up to her eye. She is stood next to a carboard box that has been made to look like a toyshop3 performers look out to the camera. They are on stage and are holding a toyshop with a teddy bear sitting on top.

The Christmas Toyshop Mystery

Tour Dates

The Assembly Rooms – The Crescent, Buxton, SK17 6BH Tue 28th Nov 1.30pm & 6.30pm 

The Carnegie, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 2DS, Sat 2nd Dec 2pm

The Coro, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 7LZ Sat 9th Dec 2pm

Thornbridge Hall, Ashford In the Water, Derbyshire, Sunday 10th Dec 11am & 2pm

The Brewhouse Arts Centre – Burton On Trent, DE 14 2EB Sat 16th – Sat 23rd Dec

“We loved every minute!! Never disappoints, brilliant, funny and the BEST way to start Christmas”

About The Show

When her baby brother’s beloved toy bear disappears into the mysterious Christmas Toyshop, Lucy has no choice but to dust off her deerstalker hat, grab her mini magnifying glass and follow it. 

However, on the other side of the door is a wild turkey chase of epic proportions. Join Lucy as she tries to unravel the mysteries, fish out the red herrings and find the clues so she can retrieve her bothersome brother’s beloved bear.

A seasonal adventure filled with Christmas magic and cheer from those festive funsters the babbling vagabonds.

A girl is pretending to be a detective and shining her torch in the dimly lit space



Meg jumping high very happy as two washer woman look onPuppeteer with Beryl the chicken puppet3 performers are around a green box the size of a small table. One of them is operating a puppet of a small child.Naughty Meg eating scraps of food as two characters dressed as rats look on

Naughty Meg and the Christmas Elves

Tour Dates

Derby Museum and Art Gallery on the Wardwick, DerbyLIVE Thu 14th Sat 30th Dec

About The Show

Born in a storm, Meg has always been a bit of a handful. She’s a force of nature, a veritable hurricane of chaos and fun! Her parents are at their wits’ end, the neighbours lock their doors, and even the wasps will take a detour. She’s the naughtiest girl in the world, and she’s not afraid to show it.

But hold onto your wooly hats, because Meg’s mischief is about to reach epic proportions! She’s upset the Christmas Elves, and they’re not happy.

Naughty Meg is a wickedly comic Christmas tale that will be enjoyed by anyone who has ever been the slightest bit naughty. It’s a show about the importance of family, friendship, and forgiveness.

Book your tickets now and brace yourself for a sleigh ride of trouble! Find Meg in Derby, where Christmas will never be the same again. 

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Shadows of children holding up their monster style shadow puppets that they designedOver head shot of a family making Christmas shadow puppetsBlack and white image of Childrens shilouettes holding shadow puppetsThis is a side view of a man dressed in a victorian style outfir holds up a light and an object


Our workshops carefully crafted to inspire, stimulate creativity, and build confidence.

Click the headings for more information on our workshop packages for schools.

‘The Case of Curiosity’ – story-making workshop. Using tried and tested story-making techniques to make a new tale together, learning the skills to be a budding story maker.

‘The Wonderful World of Shadow Puppetry’ Design, make and share back Develop characters and learn about telling tales through shadow play.

These workshops are suitable for all ages-

Foundation, KS1 and KS2, up to six classes in a day.

Linked to a range of topics, but best if you choose and tell us what you are working on.


Charity Number: 1200574

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