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)
“Joyful, tender and triumphant, without a word spoken, this is storytelling at its finest”.
(Book review- The Washington Post - The Farmer and The Clown)
Tour Dates 2024
14th - 17th Feb Weston Studio, Bristol Old Vic Theatre, Bristol
Box Office: 0117 987 7877 bristololdvic.org.uk
23rd Feb Bridport Arts Centre, South Street, Bridport, Dorset
Box Office: 01308 424204 www.bridport-arts.com
24th Feb Yate Library, Yate, Bristol, BS37
2nd March Cheltenham Everyman Studio
Box Office: 01242 572573 www.everymantheatre.org.uk
3rd March Story Museum, Pembroke Street, Oxford
Box Office: 01865 790050 www.storymuseum.org.uk
5th March Forest of Dean (venue tbc)
8th-10th March Egg Theatre, Theatre Royal Bath
Box Office: 01225 448844 www.theatreroyal.org.uk/your-visit/the-egg/
13th March Barnfield Theatre, Exeter
Box Office: 01392 72 6363 exeternorthcott.co.uk
16th- 17th March Front Room, Weston Super Mare
Box Office: www.ticketsource.co.uk/frontroomwsm
20-21st March Forest Of Dean (venues tbc)
22-24th March Take Art Somerset ( venues tbc)
We have some dates available for school and community venues, if you are interested, do get in touch with us: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
"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.
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.