The Funny Wonders Youth Group has an international reputation! The group is youth-led and overseen by skilled, experienced adults who offer support and guidance. It for young people aged 11-25 and we encourage a mix of ages, people and interests to help break down social barriers and make relationships with people outside typical peer groups. Participants decide upon their own projects, organise them at planning meetings and raise their own funding. This gives them experience and helps develop skills in management, communication and working in a team.
We currently do not have a youth group but we aspire to re-form it in the future.
The group took official status following the trip to Sapporo, Japan in 2007 as many of the participants wanted to stay involved and work on projects. The group grew over the summers of 2008 and 2009 with the production of theatre shows on the Buxton Opera House stage for the Buxton Puppet Festival. In these productions the group learnt and performed various types of puppetry including shadow, table-top, bunraku and glove.
Following these the older members of the group moved away for university but the younger members carried the group forward into 2010-2011. This group created shadow puppet theatre shows performing in the Buxton Puppet Festivals.
As well as puppet-making workshops, rehearsals and performances, the youth group also got together for socials. These included dinners at our old studio, fancy dress parties and paintballing!