Yoggle goes to New York City

On the 17th of April, our Production and Performing Arts classes went on a trip to New York. Yoggle came along to experience the sights and wonders of the “city that never sleeps”. We went to the Empire State Building, One World Observatory and even two Broadway shows (School of Rock and Aladdin. We ate out at restaurants such as Planet Hollywood and Ellen Stardust. Yoggle had as wonderful a time exploring New York as we did. Yoggle thoroughly enjoyed going on an even bigger adventure than he did when visiting the underbunglers in Cringle Cave City.

(To be updated at a futher date)

Our packers for the show

Here are introductions from our fabulous packing team. They will be responsible for packing our set,props, costumes, puppets, tents and bags and getting them safely to Edinburgh (from Oxfordshire) and setting up our set, props and costumes every day and putting them away safely at the end. They are also in charge of repairing and maintaining set, props and costumes while we are at the Fringe. The team is made up of four Production Arts students from Abingdon and Witney College (where Yoggle is based), each with their own areas of responsibility.

Hello, my name is Craig. I am one of the set packers taking Yoggle to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. I am looking forwards to going to Edinburgh and the experience it will give me.

As a set packer I am tasked with making sure that all of the set and props are ready and sorted out for the show, this includes making sure that they are put away after the shows and fixing anything that gets broken.

So far it has been light work for the people work with the set, but now that we are getting close to the show, we are now starting to bring things together.

Hi, my name is Eleanor and I’m a member of the “packing” team on Yoggle and the Wonderful Waterfall. My job is to ensure all props and set are looked after and packed away at the end of each show so that they are not lost or broken as well as making sure they’re safe for transportation up to the Fringe Festival .

I went with Yoggle to the Fringe last year as an ASM (Assistant Stage Manager). It’s a very handmade show; everything is made from scratch. All the designs have been thought up by students so, when you see all the props and the staging, you can see the heart and creativity that has gone into making this show happen. Yoggle isn’t just a kids’ story or a puppet show, it teaches some really important life lessons, that you can make friends wherever you go and it means a lot to me to be able to educate the next generation about these lessons through this show.

This year there is a lot less to prepare for the show as all props and set were constructed last year. But some of the props need a little bit of a revamp and a new lick of paint so my team and I are going to be spending our time in the lead up to the show making all the props look like new again. We are also re-organising our packing system so we can efficiently get all the props and set in the van to transport it all the way up to Edinburgh ready for round two at the Fringe.

 

Hi, my name is Fabiolla. I am a packer for Yoggle this year. As we are travelling from College to the Edinburgh Fringe our packing team is focused on getting the set, camping equipment, props and puppets there safely. My main responsibility is puppets but I work with the rest of the packing team to make sure everything is working, packed away after each show and accounted for. I have to watch out for any damaged puppets and make sure they get repaired before the next performance.

We’re currently working on redesigning and remaking some of the props and puppets from last year. I’m really enjoying my time as part of the Yoggle team and I think it’s a really great show. One thing I’m finding difficult is the language. I’ve never worked on a show like this before; a lot of the words for things in the show are made up so it’s difficult to know what things are. It’s incredibly fun and entertaining and made simple with a little help from the cast and crew from last year explaining things. I’m looking forward to putting on a great show and going to the Fringe.

It’s pretty simple really Fab – as long as you do not confuse your congflibberers with your hob-jobbers and your hodgehugs from you dangly-bangly vines you’ll do fine!

Our Friends at Camping Ninja

We would like to say a big thanks to Camping Ninja who we will be staying with while we are performing Yoggle and the Wonderfull Waterfall at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 2017. We stayed with them last year and their facilities were excellent, clean and convenient so we are excited to be going back.

We hope to see you there, Yoggle would love to see you all and would even share his wobwaffles with as many of his friends as possible.

 

 

A bit about our lovely Momjom and Domjom

Momjom is the mother of our fabled protagonist Yoggle.  She is a caring, kind character with great maternal instincts and is always looking out for young Yoggle’s best interests. As an omjom, much like our Yoggle, she is a cute fluffy thing but not quite a small. Domjom is Yoggle’s dad he makes slip-gissets and hom-gobblers in Sprang-tip-Cloom. He loves his mooly-milk in the morning. He finds Yoggle’s antics to be difficult to control but loves him more then wobwaffes.

Here is a word from the puppeteer for Momjom – Josh Ramli (Level 3, Yr 2, Production Arts)

When operating Momjom, I originally found it difficult to move her arms freely as the operating fingers are the little finger and thumb. I discovered that minimal use of the legs (operated with index and middle finger) would allow more freedom to move her arms. I have also come to the conclusion that she is a bubbly Omjom, and therefore a lot of her movement relies on jumping around.

A bit about Yoggle

Yoggle is an omjom who lives in Sprang-tip-Cloom with his Momjom and Domjom. He loves playing with his friends, swinging along the dangley bangley vines and playing in the River Moom. Yoggle’s favourite thing to do by far though is eating as many wob waffles as he can!

Here are some words from the three operators of Yoggle – Trevor Williams, Scott Glover and Danny Owen about what it is like to be on such a big adventure!

Hi, I’m Trevor. I’m a First Year Performing Arts student at Abingdon and Witney College and this is my first time going to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival but last year I was involved with the production in Abingdon. This show is an amazing opportunity and I can’t wait to co-play the part of Yoggle! See all you spag-hazards at the Fringe!

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Hi, I am Scott. I am a First Year Production Arts student. I was in the production of Yoggle and the Wonderful Waterfall last year when I played the role of the Wife. This year I am returning, now playing the role of Yoggle himself, with Trevor and Danny. I look forward to playing Yoggle since he is a happy, energetic, and bouncy character.

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Hi, my name is Danny; I am a First Year Level 3 Production Arts student. I play the part of one part of Yoggle! I am very excited to play Yoggle, because he is fun and energetic just like me – in rehearsals I’m allowed to be as hyper as I want. I am looking forward to learn puppeteering skills and about kids’ theatre.

Cringlecave City

During his adventure, our young Yoggle falls down Flappity Falls and ends up in Cringlecave City – the city under the waterfall. It is the home of the underbunglers who love to sing as it’s the best way to communicate in the vast underground network that Cringlecave is made up of. It is directly below Sprang-tip-Cloom, separated by miles and miles of rock, along with many hidden pathways and staircases.  It ends up being Yoggle’s home for twenty-seven and a half Gumbo-joggings.

The Marketing Team

Hello littleoms and underbunglings alike!

Let us introduce the marketing team. It is our job to get you to come up and watch Yoggle’s adventures so we though that you might like to know what our roles are and what we do.

I’m Tom Forster; I am a Level 2 Performance and Production Arts student at Abingdon and Witney College. I am the department manager. My role includes posting to Facebook, settings deadlines, and keeping an eye on everything posted across social media. The team is very busy as we have to be working thoroughly from now until the show ends so keep an eye out for our social media posts.

 

My name is Martin Messias, I am a First Year Level 3 Production Arts student. I have a passion for backstage that started when I was a child. I always wondered how the amazing pieces of theatre I saw, worked and how they managed to do everything in such a small space! Now I am learning exactly how that happens and I am living in the world that I marvelled at when I was young. I handle the YouTube channel for Yoggle and his omjom friends this means any videos taken of Yoggle and his friends are sent to me. I then edit and upload them on the website for all the littleoms and underbunglings to watch.

 

Hi, my name is Joshua Simmons and I am in charge of this blog. My role is to make sure that I document what we’ve done on here with words and photos. I have deadlines to get these blogs out to you, the lovely people, every Friday. I was not involved in the show last year but I am very excited to do it this year. I hope many fun and happy memories are made on this show. I have always enjoyed costume in theatre, film and TV. During last year, made two costumes for my personal art project. I showed them to Joy who runs the Level 2 Performance and Production Arts course. She accepted me onto the course and I have never looked back.

 

I’m Daniel and I’m a Level 3 First Year Production Arts student and part of the marketing team. I run the Twitter account. I have been asked what Yoggle and the Wonderful Waterfall means to me and personally I feel like it is exciting and entertaining. I can’t say much more, as this is my first time doing the show, other than I hope to make memories and add to future productions of the show.