Newsletter #21

A busy start to the year

I was so grateful for half term, it really has felt like the last few weeks have been full of sunshine and shower moments in our household. Now we find ourselves on a “road map” journeying once again along a bumpy path, but with the ebbing short days comes light and hope for those long sunny days when the blue skies and birdsong lift your spirits. Our creativity is shifting with a bubbling of so many new ideas and possibilities, it’s difficult to keep a lid on it all. 

Drawings and Memories Take Centre Stage

We have been lucky enough to deliver a community project for the Heritage Action Zone in Buxton. At Babbling Vagabonds HQ we have been gathering people’s memories of Spring Gardens and asking children to send us their drawings of the animals or creatures that secretly live behind the shop fronts. We will then work with Illuminos, a digital company, which specialise in projecting video onto buildings, to conjure a short¬†illuminated story in Spring Gardens. Once the restrictions have eased we plan to realise this event, so look out for this later in the year.

Share the Journey

We have had so much fun with our Zoom story-making workshops for Into The Woods – A Shared Journey with Buxton Opera House. Families typed in suggestions using the chatbox and then Mark crafted the story with me trying to draw along, it’s had some hilarious results! The stories that we crafted with our audiences will be moulded into one tall tale. Did you miss out on these workshops? Don’t worry, you can still get involved as the next part of the project will be drawing and shadow puppet making. We want your drawings and ideas to transform our story. The drawings that are sent to us might be in our final shadow puppet performance. Again, once we understand the restrictions, and what is allowed we will let you know when this performance can go ahead.

If you want a copy of our story planner for a quest or overcoming a monster story plot just drop me an email: 

We are always wanting to nurture the next generation of storytellers.