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Gobbo

Gobbo is a goblin who lives on the island of Skye and the one thing you need to know about Gobbo is that he farts – a lot – and that he really really really doesn’t like adventures. Unlike his great friend Globachan and young Pixie Pumpkin who like nothing better than charging off in leaky canoes or scaling scary cliffs. In this adventure Gobbo gets caught up in a story of stolen children and meets his nemesis ‘The Watchmaker’ and his infernal clockwork creations.

Gobbo: No adventures, you said.

Globachan: It’ll be fine.

Gobbo: Fine? Fine? Fine is eating rhubarb and custard in front of my fire. Fine is waggling my toes. This is being held in the talons of an eagle a thousand feet above the sea. This, Globachan, is not fine.

Gobbo was born out of improvised stories I told my children round the campfire on camping trips. The stories had no purpose except to amuse them. If they seemed bored I would ramp up the action. If they thought a character was funny he would appear again and again. These stories sometimes had to be woven to last four weeks in the summer holidays. After I had done the fifth Gobbo adventure in this way I realised that these Gobbo stories – which had seemed too trivial – were actually much more complex and profound than many of my more arty grown up stories. Wils and I tried to keep the spirit of improvised, chaotic story telling in the show. The story was made up one snowy Easter weekend in Glen Etive and created with the company in the summer of 2006.

Title: Gobbo (In the Adventure of Gobbo And The Watchmaker)
Premier Place and Date: North Edinburgh Arts Centre, 2006
Director and Producing Company: Wils Wilson, National Theatre of Scotland Touring Ensemble
Publication Details: None
Translation Details: None
Foreign Performances: None
Awards, Prizes: WINNER Best Production for Children and Young People: Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland 2006-2007
Characters: 6 (Male – 4/5 Female – 3/2)