Billy Goat Stomp!

Another fabulous collaboration with artist-musician, Jo Veal. This time we invited people to gather and make goats to take on a walk in search of a troll and finish with spectacular projections and silly games.

With thanks to Tramlines Fringe for funding this project

Here’s what happened… First, we took our goats out along the Rivelin Valley for a recce.

Time to make some puppets!

We ran two, day workshops at our favourite venue, Abbeyfield House. People dropped in throughout the day and explored the materials we’d collated. Tables overflowed with foam off-cuts; cardboard and boxes; fancy fabrics and jars of buttons, googly eyes, goat bells and udders (washing up gloves!) and selected recycled stuff. It was terrific to be amongst makers of all ages, familiar faces and folk new to such creativity.

Let’s meet some of the wonderful goats!

Have you ever seen such and wild and happy herd of goats?

Goat Walk at Rivelin Valley

Time for a walk! We organised lift shares, groomed our goats and set off to our rendezvous at Rivelin Park Cafe. I met Jan and quickly transformed him into a troll. Before I knew it he was appearing in selfies with delighted families passing by. Then he disappeared under the bridge and paddled about in the river waiting for any unsuspecting goats. This film by Steve Pool says it all!

Let’s meet the troll!

Celebration Time

We closed the project with an evening of projections and frivolities at Abbeyfield House. Jo and Gav accompanied on clarinet and octave mandolin and my nephew, Alex stepped in at the last minute to be the troll. Many thanks to Steve Pool for the stunning projections and Stan for being an excellent judge at the goat agility competition (even though my goat came last!)

Thanks everyone for being such fun!