About Us > The Company
Funny Wonders Inc. (FWinc) is a Community Interest Company (CIC) (Company No. 06814964) based in Buxton, Derbyshire, UK which organises a wide range of puppetry, music and performance activities for all ages and abilities. CIC's are limited, not-for-profit companies created to provide business or activities to benefit the community. We explore the world of puppetry and puppet theatre combined with other art-forms and have been developing creative projects since the late 1990s.
Our work has involved:
Projects in a variety of community and educational settings in Buxton and surrounding counties. This includes a number of youth-led activities that encourage young people to actively engage in planning and delivering their own projects.
Partnership with Buxton Opera House to present the now established and well-loved annual Buxton Puppet Festival, which includes a wide range of performances and workshops.
International links and exchanges with Yamabiko-Za Children's Theatre (Sapporo, Japan) and the Katkatha Troupe (Delhi, India).
We promote participation at all levels and creative expression in an inclusive and supportive environment through puppetry, story-telling, script-writing and musical composition. We work in a number of educational and community settings such as schools and colleges as well as after-school activities. We enjoy working in partnership with other organisations to develop arts-based community and educational projects and welcome new approaches from groups of people of any age. We are pleased to have worked closely with Transition Buxton - a grass roots movement that encourages anyone to get involved to help Buxton become more resilient and able to withstand outside shocks like fuel price hikes and shortages. We use puppetry and music to encourage thought and discussion around these issues.
We have no core funding and operate on a project-by-project basis subject to successful funding applications however we are making steps towards becoming a sustainable company providing self-sustaining activities. Recent projects have been designed to develop our practitioner team and provide income-generating opportunities and experience for early-career artists including puppeteers and musicians. The organisation is overseen by a Board of Directors with activities organised by a Core Team.
Funny Wonders is a member of Vision Buxton, a membership organisation that brings together local community groups and businesses who are all passionate about making Buxton an even better place to live, work and play; and a member of PuppeteersUK, the networking organisation for puppetry in the United Kingdom.
Funny Wonders operates under a best-practise culture and in accordance with a range of policy documents (see our Policy & Procedure page). It is a priority to ensure our activities are within a safe environment for all our members and associates. All our practitioners have Enhanced DBS (CRB) Checks upon recruitment and our Team undergo compulsory Safeguarding Training.