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.
It is positively scrumptious to see you all again!
Yoggle and his friends are back, and on the road to Edinburgh once more! We are just full of excitement. We have a new cast and new crew with some familiar faces.
We would like to thank everyone who helped to get us there last year (we know some of you are waiting on full recognition of your contributions – please accept our humblest, bumblest, scrumblest apologies – we got caught up with a snargleblaster and have only just tussled free!).
Sprang-tip-Cloom is all a twitter with the new littleoms finding their way to school. Poor Mrs Clogglebog is having a difficult time with the new jiggly, squiggly littleoms. Momjoms and Domjoms are hard at work dusting down their fragglebiters in preparation for the new visitors to Sprang-tip-Cloom, Biggle and Giggle are ringing the Bong-a-long Bell so hard the handle has almost come off! Deep underground we can hear a distant humming.
Hi, I am Eleanor, I am the ASM for Yoggle. The ASM or Assistant Stage Manager for a show is in charge of props among other things. These are just a few props from the show
We started by doing a read through of the script and noting down any props that came up. It was quite hard to determine what things were props as there are a lot of nonsense words within the script. And I then had to split the props up into groups as some were everyday little props that didn’t evolve being massively creative in the designing process but there were other props that we had to be really creative with and come up with designs.
For example I made LOTS of broccoli. Which are used a lot as the character Professor Von SpongeBungler who desperately tries to create machines and inventions to make life better down in the CringleCave City, but sadly just ends up with inventions that create broccoli so there’s lots of it needed.
And these little clog cakes for Yoggle to share with his Momjom and Domjom.
These are examples of slightly more unusual props that I made for the show:
This is the shooky-looky shrub. This is used in scenes when Yoggle is floating along the River Moom,
it marks the point at which he should get back onto the river bank or he will fall down Flappity Falls.
It is made from chicken wire that I sculpted into a pill shape; I then weaved green wool around it and added some multicoloured wool so that it was not just the green that most shrubs or bushes are since Sprang-tip-Cloom is a colourful place. I then found a thin green stick and attached it to the shooky-looky shrub, so it can now be easily manoeuvred and Yoggle can actually be placed on it and moved around whilst sitting on top of it.
To the right is the dangley-bangley vine which is made up of a lot of plaited green & multicoloured wool which is over 2 metres long and some sewed and leaf shaped patches of random pieces of patterned fabric. The dangly- bangly vines are how all the littleoms get about Sprang-tip-Cloom.
This is an ooey-gooey bush:
The original ooey- gooey bush (turquoise) looked like this but I realised it needed a lot more volume and needed to be bigger in general. So I went back to the drawing board and made of chicken wire inner structure much bigger and lumpier. I then stuck tissue paper to it and then painted it pink. I sadly don’t have a picture of the completed ooey-gooey bush but it has tinsel, baubles, bottle caps and spiral shaped pieces of wire stuck onto the outer of the ooey-gooey bush. It also has a platform which the whole structure is sat on which then had wheels so it can be moved around.
This is a fan and it is a prop that The Wife uses. The windows have tissue paper behind them so when you shine a torch through, they light up. (as demonstrated on the right)
We had a great time performing the first two parts of Yoggle and the Wonderful Waterfall to our friends at Abingdon & Witney College last month. We wanted to see how a varied audience reacted to the themes and content of our amazing found puppetry show. The feedback that we received from the feedback forms was incredible, we have a few good pointers and areas that we will be developing further to ensure that the final production of the show is the best it can be.
We were even more excited to perform our first showing of Yoggle to the author of Yoggle, Ben Lawson, and to some of our very first patrons of the show, Mark and Naomi Iliff and the Senior Management Team of Abingdon & Witney College. We are all so grateful and overwhelmed by the support we have received, with taking Yoggle to the Edinburgh Fringe.
The best part of this production process so far has been the non-stop collaborative fun and enjoyment that three creative departments have brought to this new production. Backstage Production students have worked alongside Performing Arts and Art & Design students from the Abingdon & Witney College TOCA (The Oxfordshire Creative Academy) faculty; a true testimony to what can be achieved when links are made with other creative departments.
Here are a few photos from the incredible afternoon, take a look and explore the wonderful world of our small omjom friend Yoggle. We can’t wait to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe this August!
Momjom and Domjom relaxing on their swingy-wings seat
The Flappity Falls
Join us on River Moom