About Gagglebabble

Gagglebabble are a multi award-winning Cardiff based theatre company who aim to create entertaining genre breaking high-quality Gig-theatre for adults.  Rock n Roll Theatre for a new generation of theatre audience. Associate company of Wales Millennium Centre and The Other Room.  Co-founded in 2012 by Lucy Rivers and Hannah Mcpake, Gagglebabble have produced 4 shows to date The Bloody Ballad, The Forsythe Sisters, Wonderman and Sinners Club. We have toured throughout Wales and to major international festivals and venues in England and Scotland.

We are drawn to stories from the wrong side of the tracks, immersive, dark and always served up with a dose of black humour.  We create original work inspired by everything from local myths or historical characters, to Hitchcock thrillers or Dahl’s twisted tales.  Music is at the heart of the work we make and we always include original score played by professional musicians.  Our shows and style are not always confined to traditional theatre spaces – we can also be found in Church halls, music festivals, your local pub or a hotel on the top of cliffs.

We work collaboratively with a wide pool of like-minded individuals from actors, directors and designers to animators and filmmakers.  We have made Co-productions with Theatr Iolo, National Theatre Wales, Wales Milennium Centre, The Other Room, Theatr Clwyd and Chapter, and we have a good relationship with the Soho Theatre London.

Awards for The Bloody Ballad; Winner of Best Musical and Best Music at the Musical Theatre Network Awards, Brighton Fringe Emerging Talent AwardBest Music and Best Ensembleat the Theatre Critics of Wales Awards 2014. Argus Angel award for Artistic Excellence from Brighton Fringe 2014.

Lucy Rivers

Lucy is a writer, composer, actor, and musician, and is co-founder of the multi-award-winning company Gagglebabble.  Writing, performing and composing credits include; SINNERS CLUB, WONDERMAN, THE BLOODY BALLAD (Edinburgh, Soho and UK tour) and THE FORSYTHE SISTERS for Gagglebabble.  THE DEVIL’S VIOLIN for BBC Radio 4 and LITTLE SURE SHOT for The Egg, Bath and West Yorkshire Playhouse. Composer credits; THE BEAR Polka and The Albany, FATHER CHRISTMAS Lyric Hammersmith and West Yorkshire Playhouse, SLEEPING BEAUTIES, THE HAPPY PRINCE, THE SELFISH GIANT, THE DEVOTED FRIEND Sherman Cymru, Y STORM Theatr Genedlaethol, GRIMM TALES Theatr Iolo, FINDING MR AVERAGE Channel 4, and 8 large scale puppet shows for RWCMD.

Performing credits include;  UK and international tour of DEAD DOG IN A SUITCASE Kneehigh, THE VILLAGE SOCIAL for National Theatre Wales, MY NAME IS SUE by Dafydd James and Ben Lewis, JOURNEY TO THE RIVERSEA Unicorn, GRAPES OF WRATH and A MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM Clwyd Theatre Cymru, NOT I Chapter arts centre, THE BLOOD OF OTHERS Arcola Theatre, MISSING Theatr Iolo, THE BORROWERS, BABE, JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, Sherman Cymru. She is also one half of the Welsh folk duo OLION BYW.

Awards for The Bloody Ballad; Winner of Best Musical and Best Music at the Musical Theatre Network Awards, Brighton Fringe Emerging Talent Award, Best Music and Best Ensemble at the Theatre Critics of Wales Awards 2014. Argus Angel award for Artistic Excellence from Brighton Fringe 2014.

Hannah McPake

Hannah trained at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.  She is a performer and theatre-maker.  Co-founder of multi-award winning gig-theatre company Gagglebabble and Shakedown Cardiff.
As a performer theatre includes: The Wind in the Willows (Sherman Cymru), The Shape of the Pain (China Plate, Fringe Fist Winner) Seanmhair (The Other Room) Wonderman (Gagglebabble/WMC/NTW); The Terrible Things I’ve Done (Invisible Ink); I Am Thomas (National Theatre Scotland/Royal Lyceum/told by an idiot), Rapunzel (Glasgow Citizens Theatre); The Tempest (Improbable/Northern Stage); The Forsyth Sisters and The Bloody Ballad (Gagglebabble); Romeo and Juliet and The Knight Of The Burning Pestle (Shakespeare’s  Globe); The Gamblers (Greyscale Theatre/Northern Stage); Green Man // Red Woman and Silly Kings (National Theatre Wales); Grimm Tales (Theatr Iolo/Tron Theatre); A High Street Odyssey (Inspector Sands/China Plate); Plum (and meWill) and Cinders (Sherman Cymru); Maudie’s Rooms (Roar Ensemble/Sherman Cymru); My Name is Sue (Pleasance/Daf James Productions); My Life In CIA, Heart of Darkness (Give It A Name); King Lear and Macbeth (TNT Theatre); The First Time I Saw Snow (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry) and The Ghost Of Scrooge (Library Theatre, Manchester).
TV credits include: Trollied (Roughcut TV for Sky1) and Skins (Company Productions Ltd For E4).
Radio credits include: Modesty Blaise, Seven Songs for Simon Dixulius (BBC Radio 4).
Directing includes: The Giant Who Had no Heart in his body (Likely Story) Under Control (Trinity College, Carmarthen), Fabulous (Ernie Sparkles R&D for WMC) The Strange Disappearance of a Lady Parachutist  (Gagglebabble)
Assistant Director on Cabaret of Blood (Hijinx/Told by an Idiot)

People we work with:

Associate Artist – Dafydd James
Co-Producers – National Theatre Wales, Wales Millennium Centre, Theatr Clwyd, The Other Room, Theatr Iolo, Chapter
Producers – Sarah Jane-Leigh, Ben Atterbury
Directors – Adele Thomas, Amy Leach, Titas Halder
Designers – Hayley Grindle, Lisa Leighton, Natalie Wallace, Carys Beard, Mark Bailey
Sound Designers – Dan Lawrence, Sam Jones
Lighting Design – Jane Laljee, Will Evans, Katy Morrison, Josh Carr
Stage Managers – Bethan Dawson, Steffie Pickering, Gemma Thomas, Claire Roberts
Performers – Catrin Aaron, Matthew Bulgo, James Clark, Tom Cottle, Malcolm Hamilton, Pete Komor, Dan Lambert, Simon Ludders, Dan Messore, Mark O’Conner, Rod Oughton, Katy Owen, Adam Redmore, Aidan Thorne, Oliver Wood
Photos and Design – Kirsten McTernan
Projection Artist – Nic Finch
Film and Trailers – Roger Graham
Website – Jonathan Dunn

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