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 close up of a student sculpting a clay face which has over the top features of a large nose and wrinkly forehead

Meet and Make

Monthly Meet and Make sessions start at the end of this month so drop me an email if you fancy coming along to any of the sessions. These sessions have been funded by The National Lottery Community Fund so it’s free to attend but you need to register your interest so we can plan for the up and coming workshop email me to book your place: tara@babblingvagabonds.co.uk or message 07970 118 830
St Anne’s Community Centre, Hardwick Room,
Hardwick Square West,Buxton, SK17 6PX

Thurs 29th February 7-9
Thurs 28th March 7-9
Thurs 25th April 7-9
Thurs 23rd May 7-9

These sessions are aimed at adults and older children 12  plus. We are running an open session on Wednesday April 10th 10-12 in the Easter Holidays.

We understand that everyone leads busy lives so if you can’t make all the sessions don’t worry. Just join us for the ones you can make.

A close up of a student sculpting a clay face which has over the top features of a large nose and wrinkly forehead

A dragon is trying to scare the village vetAn 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 A man is walking through the woods looking for monsters with a trail of children following

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!  

babbling vagabonds  want to take you on an adventure into the unknown. They want to reignite your imagination and take you on a trip that will refresh the senses, even on the hottest of days. And best of all they need your help!

Find the ‘Monster Menders’ Camp and together discover the wonderfully weird and woolly, the slimiest and smelliest, and those shy secretive creatures that slither and wobble about in our wonderful world. 

These zany zoologists will teach you what to look out for, how best to be calm and what tale to tell. Never before have these secrets been shared. Work together and create a new story that may tempt out a five-headed Hottle-Spottle or uncover the lair of the Big Bottomed Banghanger.

If you have a big imagination and are brave enough to take a step into the unknown, then Here Be Dragons! is just what your family needs. Every time you find the Monster Menders you will help to make a different story, each tale a unique experience that will calm a mysterious monster. This is where family memories made. 

Coming this summer 2024, an outdoor adventure. Get in touch if you would like this for your venue or school.

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.

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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