We have been doing Tiny! events for a few years now as part of the Buxton Festival Fringe. Aiming to run events and often create celebrations where nothing is bigger than a hand we have had Tiny! lantern processions, met Faeries, Goblins and Trolls and have been visited twice by the Terrible Tiny Pirates
This year’s Return of the Pirates can perhaps best be summed up with the Fringe review – for which, many thanks!
It must have been the hottest day in Buxton, this year and a Saturday too! The Pavilion Gardens was bursting with picnickers, cricketers, the ‘frisbie families’ and sunbathers.
I passed the first test, which was to find the crew of stone & water, across the train tracks and past the paddling families, they were sat in the shade of an oak tree surrounded by a dozen quietly busy children with some mothers and fathers looking on.
A child asked the ‘captain’ who was encouraging their creative activity, “How old are you and what is your name?” He replied, “I am 435 years old and I’m often called Toad”.
While I was there, children came and went. They left smiling, proudly clutching their completed models, pirate boats with sails and portholes, pipe cleaner pirates with frowning faces wielding tiny cutlasses. I watched as one shy girl constructed ‘Princess Pirate’ with a pink flowing dress, like an image from a Disney fantasy.
It was a haven of quietness as children patiently cut shapes of cloth for tiny clothing, shapes of coloured card to make boats and faces, carefully drawing and colouring small details to create their finished models.
It’s a shame they are here only once this year. Tomorrow, Fringe Sunday, is set to be another ‘scorcher’ and would have been an ideal occasion to complement the music, dance and magic in the Gardens, that is, if you can tear yourself away from Wimbledon.