New Band Arrangements Completed!

Adding a glock here, some timpani there, and a rockin’ guitar with super smooth strings has been a great way to really get inside the Sibelius software and understand how it works. Feels a bit like how Adam (Mr Lear) looks in this photo!


New band arrangements now completed for the 17 songs in the musical which will be used as backing tracks for our ‘one night only’ performance (see previous blog entry for detail of how to get your tickets). They will also be used for our ‘live stage recording’ on the night (come and be part of the audience), which we’ll then use to promote the show further.

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Tickets Available Now

‘Stuff And Nonsense –The Musical’


A brand new musical presented by The Runcible Players for local and national charities.

For one night only … The Runcible Players are delighted to present ‘Stuff And Nonsense – The Musical‘ at The Cossham Hall, Thornbury on October 13th at 7.30pm.

This madcap reading-performance tells the exuberant tale of Edward Lear and his tumbly Jumblies as they journey through his strange imagination. Full of catchy tunes, witty one-liners with plenty of limericking, it’s a show for the whole family and is crammed full of Stuff and Nonsense characters – Old Foss, Dr Calico, the Dong, Aunt Jobiska, the Yonghy Bonghy Bo, Jolly Pobble and the Quangle Wangle Quee!

Email with your name and number of seats you want to reserve. Suggested donation of £10 adults, £5 children, payable at the door.  All proceeds to ngs and local hospice charities.

I have to go now … I’m having another nonsensing!’


Have you got my best side?

Confidence written all over Jolly Pobble’s face

Tho-o-ose humans do-o-o keep getting mo-o-ore and mo-o-ore people invo-o-olved with us … now there’s some expert pho-o-o-to-o-o-ographer chappie called Ken P., who-o-ose cleaning his lens, (well, it takes all sorts) to capture stills and vide-o-o-oeses of us. Where’s that co-o-ompact mirror?

Whoo! Hoo! Our First Read/Sing-Through

A mental and physical health workout better than any therapist or fitness regime can provide. Our first read/sing-through with the performers and music. Such talent in the room, so much enthusiasm, laughter, silliness and some pretty dreadful behaviour from the Jumblies! No wonder poor Mr Lear looks so bewildered. STUFF AND NONSENSE.

We don’t mind if you think we’re just a touch mad. We know we are – after all ‘We’re tumbly Jumblies from over the seas …’

Have you booked your seats yet for the very first public outing for ‘Stuff And Nonsense – The Musical’? If not, why not? October 13th at the Cossham Hall, Thornbury. All proceeds to nursing, cancer and hospice charities.

Heart, Warmth, Humour and Emotion … that’ll be the Jumblies, then!

Adam Elms writes our first review of the script for ‘Stuff And Nonsense – The Musical’.

‘It reads beautifully. It’s feeling tight, funny, poignant, and interesting. Loving the Lear character showing shades of mental health trouble but then resolving that we all do – and hinting that sometimes an overactive imagination isn’t a negative thing. Also enjoying the songs and the characters are coming across very strongly indeed. 

Action always takes longer than you think and the slicker the better really. It could just be a line here or there – anywhere where there is too much repetition/padding.

I can’t really point out specifics right now because, as I say, it’s in excellent shape. It feels like a script that means a lot to you; it has heart, warmth, humour, and emotion. I can’t wait to see its first outing in October.’

Reviewed by Adam Elms
Actor, Playwright, and Director
Founder Member: Unforced Errors.
Associate Artist: Blueprint Theatre Company, Schoolhouse Productions

Our ‘Double-Act’ Sound Guys

Whoo! Hoo! hoots Mr Owl … two more pieces fit in the puzzle … Ian G., our magnificent recording engineer who has joined the ‘humans-team’ will be recording and mixing the performance for the ‘Cast Recording’ of ‘Stuff And Nonsense – The Musical.‘ Whoo! Hoo!

And we’re delighted – yes, Julie Jumbly, someone else to be fickle with – to have Brian H., sound-technician-extraordinaire, to help our show to sound top-notch.

It’s A ‘Happenin’ Thing, Man!

Quangle Wangle here, man, it’s a ‘happenin’ thing, man. Diary October 13th 2019, Cossham Hall, Thornbury for the first outing of my show, ‘Stuff and Nonsense – The Musical’

Mr Lear: OMG! It is a ”happening thing!’

Mr Lear here, excuse me! It’s not your show, if it belongs to anyone, it’s probably little old meesy! A bit of a grumpbucket sometimes, but mostly pretty harmless. You’re only one of my characters – an important one, man. (Hee, hee) – but nevertheless, only one of the many who are delighted to be putting on this entertainment in which everyone has important funlings and storytelling to add to my story … Dr Calico, the Dong, Julie Jumbly, Jolly Pobble, Aunt Jobiska, Yonghy Bonghy Bo, Lady Jingly and … Quangle Wangle to name but a few, phew!

What a cast of characters … played by an amazing team of performers … Kate, Nat, Adam, Helen and Dave. Do you really know what you’ve let yourselves in for?

Dearie, dearie meezies, I’m just so excited, I could … wait and see … stuff and nonsense really doesn’t describe it adequately. You’ll just have to come and experience it for yourselves. I look forward to meeting you!

Having A Short Nap

Zzzz Zzzz Zzzz

Taking a well-earned rest to build up their strength, the Jumblies are preparing for their highly-anticipated entry into the wide world. They might be resting but the creative team are still at work, refining and honing ideas ready for further conversations with theatres across the land.

‘Thankyou!’ say the Jumblies

The Jumblies wanted to say a special thankyou to Kay, Rich, James, Dave, Helen, Nat, Alice and Adam for bringing their characters to life. Thankyou!

They’re still buzzing with excitement after the workshop and feedback which resulted in some minor changes with major impact. For example by changing …. ssssh! ‘It’s another secret – don’t give it away!’

Stuff And Nonsense – The Musical‘ is now completed, published and available for performance. Email if you’d like a sample or more information.

‘Far and few, far and few, are the lands where the Jumblies live.’

If that’s too far away, why not bring them to a theatre near you?