The Farmer and the Clown       

Earlier this year, we premiered and toured our latest show, The Farmer and The Clown. We started over Half Term at The Weston Studio, Bristol Old Vic, then toured to theatres, schools, village and community halls, mostly across the South West. We performed to over 3,500 peoples - audiences of all ages. We also ran workshops and craft activities with over 450 participants. Thanks to our partners, Bristol Old Vic and Wyldwood Arts and everyone who came to see the show or took part in a workshop.

Some audience  feedback:                                                                                                                                        

“So poignant, beautifully crafted”

“Inclusive and powerful”

“Engaging, funny, music was just fantastic. The whole production was incredible”      

 “Made this big clown do a big cry! So beautiful and gentle”

“Congratulations on Farmer and Clown. As disciplined and intelligent a piece of work for a young audience as I’ve seen in a while. Very lovely application of its resources – music, instruments, hands and props. I loved it,” (Kate Cross, Director - The Egg and Chair of ASSITEJ UK)

“The Farmer and The Clown has been created with such care, skill, artistry and talent that like all very special pieces of theatre it stays with you long after the event, feeding your soul and reminding you of how magical an experience theatre can be. I absolutely loved every second of it”. (Sally Cookson, Theatre Director)

We will be touring again next Spring, we are still programming the full schedule. If you are a venue, school or community that is interested in the show - do get in touch with us!

About the show:

An old hard-working farmer lives alone. One day, a baby clown accidentally bounces off a passing circus train and is left in the middle of nowhere, separated from family and friends. A little reluctantly at first, the farmer takes the clown in. As time passes, they discover that by being with each other, they find something new in themselves.

Flibbertigibbet Theatre has adapted this charming picture book into a new wordless play for all ages.  The Farmer and The Clown is a story of unexpected friendship told through physical comedy, dance and performed with an original live soundtrack by JOW.      “Great entertainment for 0-100 years. Makes you laugh and tugs at the heartstrings.” (audience member -The Farmer and The Clown 2022)


"What Flibbertigibbet have created is a beautiful, simple, and charming piece of      theatre, suitable for all." ( Bristol 24/7 ).  To read full review:

Production shots of The Farmer and The Clown by Edward J Felton                             Videos by Adam Laity      


Babble  2023

Last year, we took Babble to nurseries and venues across the Take Art, Derby Arts and Surrey Arts regions. This year, we will are excited to visit:
Tiny Ideas Festival, Oxford, 30th Sept

Pound Arts, Corsham, 23rd Oct

Babble - A Play With Sound for Early Years audiences, aged 3-5 years is a collaboration between sound artists and theatre makers. Babble is a playful, surreal gentle and intriguing show with collaboration at it's heart.

Listen….gurgles, burble, growls, crackles and crunches – which sounds do you like? Mik and Kin are Sound Collectors. But sounds don’t behave; storms rage in their cages, naughty chuckles slip through the cracks and cause chaos- they need help! Come on a sound adventure. Help soothe the troubled storm with a lullaby or lure the giggle back to its home.  Recorded and edited in real time,  help transform the soundscape through the creation of a new piece of music. Each audience member will also receive a link to download their music to continue conversations and keep our world filled with sound of children’s voices!

If your venue, school, nursery or community centre is interested, please email Stevie:

"Funny - I want it again!"

"all the children were captivated..."  

"Carefully considered, exciting and inclusive"

"That's me! I did this!"

Flibbertigibbet is a theatre company that creates new and varied work for children and their families.

Formed by actor and theatre maker Stevie Thompson the shows focus on exciting collaborations with artists across all artforms.

Click here to find out more about Flibbertigibbet

Flibbertigibbet has been exploring different ways to tell stories.

The company is currently developing The Farmer and The Clown, a new physical theatre show based on the wordless picture book by Marla Frazee, touring 2024.  

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