Gagglebabble & Theatr Iolo - The Bloody Ballad

Gagglebabble & Theatr Iolo

Company Name:

Gagglebabble & Theatr Iolo

Description of the Company:

Gagglebabble (Lucy Rivers and Hannah McPake) fuse live music and theatre. We aim to produce work that is innovative, immersive and vibrant and crosses boundaries between theatre and other genres, reaching out to new audiences. Creating original theatre that will leave you gagging for more!

Theatr Iolo makes original and compelling theatre, placing the child and young person at the heart of all its work. Established for over 25 years, the award-winning company has toured the UK and internationally.

Aims in Edinburgh:

To gain international interest and bookings for festivals or a tour. To raise the profile of both companies and to make contacts with other companies with a view to form future collaborations.

Key Contact:

Lucy Rivers and John Williams

Contact Details:, 07946582976. 18 Chancery Lane, Cardiff CF11 6EA and Assembly Roxy (upstairs) in Edinburgh.

Or John at Theatr Iolo, Market House, Cardiff 07766954187

Production Name:

The Bloody Ballad

Edinburgh Venue:

Assembly Roxy (Upstairs)


31st July - 25th August 2013 (except 12th and 19th August).

Performance Times:


Production Description:

Part gig, part horror movie, part love story set around Memorial Day celebrations in 1950's America, featuring original rocking live music and songs by Mary and her band The Missin' Fingers. Meet Mary; a girl with a troubled past, still living with her Dad, single and no hope of getting out of this dead-end town. Then one day Connor walks into her gas station, wins her heart, breaks it, and a trail of devastation and havoc ensues before he wins it all over again. Grimms meets Tarantino in this bloody tale of murder, love, revenge and redemption - with flying fingers, raucous rockabilly, shocks and thrills and a lotta blood! A mid-scale touring production suitable for studio theatres and cabaret style venues.

Ideal for ages 14 plus. Will appeal to music and theatre audiences. Written by Lucy Rivers, Directed by Adele Thomas


75 minutes

Number in Cast:


Touring availability:

2014 and 2015

Size of Company on tour:


How the production is transported:

1 mid-size van. (4x2.5m screen, ladder, drum kit, guitars, bass guitar, cello, accordion, violin, amps, stands and microphones).

Technical Requirements:

6m wide by 5.5 metres minimum performance area. Separate lighting and sound power supplies (otherwise the lights affect the amps). Tours with own lighting and sound equipment.

Wrap-around activities/outreach:

Can offer a 1-2 hour workshop (max 25 people) relating to the show and how we rehearsed and created the show.

Key review quotes:

"Amusing, gripping and riveting." The Observer

"Gruesome good fun!" The Times

"Exciting, unmissable new theatre. You will leave beaming." The Stage

Links to Company website / production footage:

Other productions available for touring:

‘Apparitions of Spirits: An Evening with The Forsythe Sisters’ will be premiered at the Norwegian Church, Cardiff, this Halloween 2013. Available for touring from Spring 2014.

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