Wednesday 5 July 2023

Hold the front page 5… A journey onto the wild side at Buxton Fringe

The Wagon of Wonder: Babbling Vagabonds

Welcome to this bumper round up featuring extracts from the press releases of our Fringe entrants, this time Babbling Vagabonds, Chapel Arts Creative Writing Group, Bavarian comic Marc Adams, French artist Yvette Ribot-Smith and the glorious Buxton Community Choir - events that show an international flavour and a taste for adventure and fun at Buxton Fringe.

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Babbling Vagabonds: Wagon of Wonder - wild and wacky family adventure 

Families can embark on an exciting outdoor theatrical adventure with award-winning, Buxton based Babbling Vagabonds Storytelling Theatre. They will unveil their latest theatre show at Gadley Woods on July 22-23 at 2pm and 7pm.

Their new production, Wagon Of Wonder, (WOW for short!) is rolling into town and promises to be a wacky ride full of surprising stories, cheeky performers, colourful puppets, and a catchy song, mixed together with their unique brand of theatrical magic.

It tells the story of Prentice and Dogsbury, two assistants to the marvellous Madam Moo Moo. She is the purveyor of the peculiar and seller of the strange and proprietor of theWagon of Wonder. It is from this colourful cart that the two hapless sales assistants try to sell items and curios to aid adventurers of all ages. Wrapped up in each of the unusual objects on sale are stories and anecdotes to raise the hairs on your neck, and send shivers down your spine.

“We have created a gem of a show which explores how we can manage our angry feelings and how to tackle decision making.” said Joint Artistic Director, Tara Hornsey-Saunders, “The feedback from our audiences has been so positive, it’s just great to know that what we have created shares a moment of magic for families, and creates wonderful lasting memories for everyone” 

The production is suitable for all the family, (4yrs and upwards.)  Please note that this adventurous production is set in a woodland and there are no toilet facilities nearby. Please dress for the weather and wear suitable footwear as paths are uneven..

Chapel Arts Creative Writing Group: Journeys

Whether it is the path least taken or the path back to the carpark, Chapel Arts Creative Writing Group from Chapel-en-le-Frith in the High Peak will be considering journeys big or small for its spoken word performance at this year’s Buxton Festival Fringe (July 5th to 23rd).

The thriving group of writers, some of whom are award-winning published authors, will be sharing a wide variety of stories, poetry, mini-plays and more at two special events, one on July 17th at 7.30pm to 9pm and the other a matinee on July 22nd at 2pm to 3.30pm.  Different material is likely to feature at each. 

The show, entitled Journeys, looks set to avoid cliche with many different interpretations of the theme. Subject matter includes two epic journeys to Durham Cathedral, centuries apart; the story of a garden’s gradual deconstruction by professional landscapers; the journey through life; virtual reality travels; a sci-fi adventure and a comic poem exploring one alpha male’s inability to take in road directions. 

Led by author Mark Henderson, the group is open to all but includes professional writers among its ranks. This year the group has already published a booklet of short stories, Someone Here Will Commit a Murder, and created a play set in a GP’s waiting room featuring monologues from the entire group. 


Says Mark:  “As always, it’s proving a pleasure and a privilege to work with these creative writers. The quality of their work is matched by their enthusiasm and infectious enjoyment, as this year’s Journeys performances will show. I’m looking forward to July 17th and 22nd.” 

A registered charity, Chapel Arts was formed to encourage the development of a broad range of arts in the Chapel-en-le-Frith area. Details of events, including regular spoken word performances, are available on The site also includes the Writing Group’s filmed and recorded readings created for the Fringe in 2021 and 2020 and will be updated with transcripts from this year’s live performances.

Marc Adams: BMW Bavarian’s Most Wanted

“Hello! My name is Marc Adams from Germany / Bavaria and my show is called BMW Bavarian´s most wanted. This is my first solo show in English and it´s my first time at Buxton Fringe. It took me 15 years to get to my first solo show. In my life I am an actor, clown, improviser, dancer and singer. I put everything in this unique show. It's a variety comedy show with music, singing, magic, acting, unique props and Krautwork.”

Here's the blurb:

Multi-talented Marc Adams is a stand-up guy. He also acts, sings, dances, and does magic with cards and salamis. The Berlin comedy club veteran has packed his English premiere with off-beat humour, visual gags, music, props, and Krautwork. See for yourself why he is Bavaria's most wanted. 

Buxton Community Choir: Walking on Sunshine 

Everyone will be walking on sunshine listening to the glorious sound of Buxton Community Choir performing in Buxton Festival Fringe this summer!

With over sixty members, Buxton Community Choir has gone from strength to strength since their first rehearsal in autumn 2021.  As an inclusive choir, they perform for local charity organisations and care homes as well as staging their main concerts for Buxton Fringe and at Christmas.  

Presenting a varied repertoire of pop, musical theatre, opera and more, this year’s concert ‘Walking on Sunshine’ will showcase the amazing sound of the full choir singing in four part harmony as well as songs performed as solos and small group ensembles formed from the membership, all directed by the talented Chris Blackshaw.

Don’t miss ‘Walking on Sunshine’ at Buxton Methodist Church, a show that promises to be an upbeat evening of musical entertainment and is sure to be a sell out event!  

Yvette Ribot-Smith: Art for Change

‘Art for Change’ is a performance with a difference. It has  been devised specially for ‘The Fringe’ by French artist, Yvette  Ribot-Smith and integrates her love of painting, drama and  local talent with concerns about some of the more thought- provoking social themes of today. Half of the proceeds of this  production will go to Amnesty International.  

This unique blend of art forms contributes to the stimulating  entertainment value of Yvette’s performance with her team.  The audience is led through a series of scenarios inspired by  the presentation of sixteen of Yvette’s oil paintings. The  significance of the paintings is brought to life through her love of dance and drama, supported by narration, keyboard,  song, and poetry integrated with dialogue. Art for Change takes place on two nights at The Green Man Gallery and the 16 paintings will be exhibited upstairs at the gallery throughout the festival.

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