Sunday, 11 November 2018

A museum of shadows

Lights and Shadows

museum visitors - or exhibits?

 Saturday 24th November

1 - 4 pm

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

a geode
From sinister shadows to the glow of cave crystals, join us for an afternoon celebrating the shapes and colours of the Museum collection. We’ll be making plastic “windows” – panels you could hang in your own window or roll into a tube to stand over a light

The event is free and we’ll provide materials. 
There is no need to book but allow 30 – 45 minutes for your activity

A BM125 event celebrating 125 years of Buxton Museum and Art Gallery!

Where to go: Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, Terrace Rd, Buxton, SK17 6DA, 
01629 533540

a window full of dungeon.....

Next events: after this, the next events at the Museum are
Lantern Making Workshops
Saturday 1 December, 10am – 12.30pm & 1pm – 3.30pm
Join Buxton Sparkles to make a lantern for the annual community lantern parade on 8th December.
Free, drop in, all ages welcome.

Winter Skies 
Saturday 15 December, between 1pm and 4pm
Make a mobile that captures the wonder of a winter night, using natural and scrap materials. There might be floating feathers, shining stars or a Santa in his sleigh. Bring your imagination and we’ll bring all the materials you need. With me, Creeping Toad.
Free, drop in, allow 30 minutes to take part.
...or a window full of dragons

Sunday, 4 November 2018

a haunted town

The hauntings of Buxton

Buxton Opera House

October 2018

the company*
Two short workshops in Buxton Opera House last week as part of their spooky Hallowe'en season revealed all sorts of previously unknown horrors in the woods and streets of this old town….

mapping a haunted world
Take a walk through the wild woods of Buxton.
Slip behind the blood-dripping trees,
Past the witches’ broomstick ash,
Past the rocks, the ruins, the quarry,
Under the rocks, under the hill,
Lies a cave of bats and sharp stones, spiders and webs
And a cupboard in that cave is full of showroom dummies.
There will be a party there,
A party for bats and beasts and bogles, and you if you want to join in
But be careful!
Do not eat enchanted food, do not sip enchanted drinks,
Some cakes are chocolate with icing spiders but others are poisoned with bat poo

Keep going,
Keep going,
Don’t stop,
Through the spooky woods,
Past the twisted trees
Between the red-berried holly
And its fierce and spiky leaves
Down the long path
Through all the forest’s dangers
To the mysterious house
Where an old man waits
Dead for a thousand years and no-one has cut the grass in his garden in all that time

And beyond the woods
A ruined church waits
With a graveyard
Where the dead do not rest easy in their graves

On Hallowe’en night
When the rain drops red onto the green leaves of trees,
That’s when the bones walk


 A challenge
If you wait under the broomstick tree until those broomsticks are ripe they will fall like conkers or acorns. If you can catch one before it touches the ground when its magic instantly drains away, you could spend the night flying like the witches through the sky.

Our workshops were short and very full of ideas and drawing, talking, scribbling, making and performing so we didn’t get much time for our stars to pose on their sinister black carpet for photos. We sent our young puppeteers and storymakers back out into the wide world with words, stories, puppets and terrible deeds to tell of…

With many thanks to the puppeteers of the Theatrical Phantoms
workshops and to Buxton Opera House for getting it all going in the first place!
* if anyone does not want themselves to be seen in the photos, let me know