Spring Has Sprung

We have been busy bees behind the scenes pollinating ideas for new projects. The weeks have whizzed by sculpting funding bids and compiling a robust business plan that can help shape the company to become bigger and brighter in 2022 and beyond.
After so much wet weather we are definately grateful for the sunny days, the colourful crocuses on The Slopes in Buxton brings a smile as we “walk and talk” to discuss our next steps on various projects.

Adventure Shack

We have submitted a funding bid to Arts Council England that builds on the work that we carried out pre covid and in lockdown.

The concept for the piece is that a time-traveller has crashed her time-machine/home and it has landed upside down. All the fittings of her home are scattered across the ceiling, which is now the floor, and all her fixtures are still on the floor, which is now the ceiling. Making a cup of tea is now much more challenging than before.

As she tries to organise her stuff she unleashes a series of flashbacks. These long-forgotten memories patch together a series of adventures and escapades that tell her story of how she travelled from a young girl dreaming of adventure and escape, to the wise and experienced traveller she is today. We want to realise this story as an outdoor summer adventure. Barnsley Civic and Greentop in Sheffield continue to support this dream, so fingers crossed that we are successful as the concept for this production is pushing our creativity and storytelling into new realms. 

Circus performer using red silks

If You Go Into The Woods Today…..

We have been lucky enough to design some installations for our local woods. Working alongside another artist that specialises in creating art in nature and Buxton Civic Association we have designed and made some features that will make walking in the woods with the family more interactive. We hope it will provide the stimulus for conversation and imagination when out for a walk.

If you venture into Gadley Woods see if you can discover the boards. I will share what the rest of our work looks like once we have installed them in their locations.

A collection of photos of cut out animal shapes on oak boards

Tough Decisions on a Wobbly Road

Things are certainly getting busy for us. May has been full of meetings, funding applications, webinars, and getting creative in an actual rehearsal space.

As we look to those warmer months we have been forced into making tough decisions about how we program our summer. Tentative steps on a wobbly road map should mean we can take huge strides later in the year and find hope at the end of the rainbow.

Double rainbow over buxton buildings

Rosie Red Boots

The date has been set for sharing our shadow show of Rosie Red Boots. The wonderful story that we created with our online community will premiere on August Friday 13th in the Studio at Buxton Opera House. We are so looking forward to presenting it and we will let you know how to book your tickets nearer the time. 

It’s been fun designing the characters for the story. We always fill pages of a sketchbook and can often draw a character many times before we are happy with the result. It’s incredibly time-consuming and often takes longer to work out the mechanics of a puppet than the design. Sometimes you need multiple puppets of the same character as they need to do different actions. 

Shadow characters of a girl, a cat and an ostrich

Getting Back And It Feels Good

So this month we found ourselves able to get in a rehearsal space for a few days to explore circus skills with actual people! A project that has been trying to emerge since 2018 and with various set backs along the way it felt so good to realise some of the ideas surrounding this project.

We were looking into ways to combine storytelling and circus and learnt so much in a few days from our wonderful artists. So a big thank you to Claire Crook, Owen Gaynor and Alex Anderson for their patience and adaptability. There’s a good few milestones still yet to go but we hope to be able to explore this story for an adventure next summer.

A circus performer in a cross position hanging from red silks

Newsletter #11

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