About Gagglebabble

Gagglebabble are a Cardiff based theatre company, founded by Lucy Rivers and Hannah McPake.

We aim to create entertaining genre breaking high-quality gig theatre for adults.  We like to tear up the rulebook and bring a breath of fresh air to the often stuffy and over sincere world of theatre. Rock n Roll Theatre for a new generation of theatre audience.

We are associate companies of Theatr Iolo and The Other Room.

What we do

Co-founded in 2012, Gagglebabble have toured throughout Wales and to major international festivals in England and Scotland.

We have presented two full productions to date The Bloody Ballad and The Forsythe Sisters, and are currently producing 2 new shows; Wonderman a co-production with NTW and The Sinners Club a co-production with The Other Room and Theatre Clwyd.

We create original work inspired by everything from folk tales, to historical characters, local myths or a fresh take on the writings of established authors.  Music is at the heart of the work we make and we always include original score played by professional musicians. We work collaboratively with a wide pool of like-minded individuals from actors, directors and designers to animators and filmmakers.

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.

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 is an actor and theatre maker.  She trained at RWCMD.

Theatre includes: I AM THOMAS, Told by an Idiot/NTS RAPUNZEL, Citz Theatre THE TEMPEST, Improbable/Northern Stage/Oxford Playhouse THE GAMBLERS Greyscale/Dundee Rep/Northern Stage THE KNIGHT OF THE BURNING PESTLE, ROMEO AND JULIET Shakespeare’s Globe, SILLY KINGS and RED WOMAN/GREEN MAN National Theatre Wales, THE GHOSTS OF SCROOGE Manchester Library Theatre, MAUDIE’S ROOMS, PLUM, AND ME WILL and CINDERS Sherman Cymru, THE FIRST TIME I SAW SNOW The Belgrade Coventry, THE BLOODY BALLAD and THE FORSYTHE SISTERS Gagglebabble and DON QUIXOTE Theatre Modo.

Television credits include comedy TROLLIED for Sky 1 and SKINS for E4.  Radio credits include MODESTY BLAISE for BBC Radio 4 and Film Includes: DEAD END JOB cyfle/RWCMD.
Writing Credits include: THE FORSYTHE SISTERS and BALLOON GIRL for Gagglebabble.

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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