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Funny Wonders

Funny Wonders is a community arts group based in Buxton, Derbyshire which focuses on puppetry, music and multimedia. We have been working in our local community since the late 1990s providing creative opportunities and experiences for people of all ages including in a variety of community and educational settings.

We promote participation at all levels and creative expression in an inclusive and supportive environment through puppetry, story-telling, script-writing and musical composition. Our first priority and major focus is on the ‘doing’ rather than the final product: we believe it is the spending time being creative which is worthwhile. This means that our activities are for everybody, whatever the ability or skill level. One of our regular community projects is the Buxton Flowerpot Trail.

We have linked with many local groups including Transition Buxton, Poole’s Cavern, Buxton Town Team, Buxton Museum and Buxton Drama League. We run making workshops at community events, parties and in schools. Please get in touch if you would like to link with us for a creative project or have us along for a workshop.

Creative Genre

  • puppetry, puppet theatre, live music, street theatre, multimedia making, reuse and repurposing old materials and resources, carnival parades, art installations and trails, productions involving writing design production performance music dance acting video photography

Work Undertaken

  • puppet-making workshops
  • have-a-go sessions
  • public art installations
  • Buxton Flowerpot Trail
  • projects supporting disadvantaged young people
  • other community projects
  • Buxton Carnival making workshops and parade
  • puppet-making for amateur dramatics theatre productions (and puppet hire)
  • training and professional development. Previous work includes partnership with Buxton Opera House to present the Buxton Puppet Festival and international links and exchanges with Yamabiko-Za Children’s Theatre (Sapporo
  • Japan) and the Katkatha Troupe (Delhi
  • India).

Work in Education

  • Shadow puppet making workshops
  • shadow theatre workshops
  • gigante puppet making workshops
  • flowerpot people making workshops
  • marionette/rod/glove puppet making workshops
  • introduction to puppetry presentations.


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