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    Tatterdemalion Grove - installation proposal

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    Burning Bright

Osteoscopic Sound

Early 2018 and I’m resting up in the Boneyard with a broken leg and broken shoulder. Looking for creative things to do whilst the bony splitters slowly glue themselves back together I re-visited an old design from years ago – an Osteoscope – a device designed to send artistic probes deep into a broken bone… Well, we turned it on, cranked up the Ossilator, primed the mythic confungulator and fired a series of Ortho-Sonic probes into the fractures before they fully healed.

We have the audio readings in & are now in a position to reveal some of the results. Specialists we consulted likened the recordings to:

  1. The radio station playing on a fossilized car stereo half buried in a bone littered beach on the sea of dreams
  2. The soundtrack to an imaginary film about phantom scientists driving dodgems on a giddy carousel
  3. A plea for help from a submerged mythical village as it rises out of the mist once a year.


Category : Bone Yard Tales, Current Work, Stuff and Nonsense · No Comments · by November 15, 2013

Photo of George, training to be a dragon dentist
Roar! or the Dragons Tale

Roar! is a new show we’re developing, a light on it’s feet, fun and furious offshoot of Bone Yard Tales.

Roar is a promenade performance for urban spaces and festival sites about a 16ft scrap-yard beast and George, who is obsessed with dragons. Self-contained and battery powered, Roar features live music, performers, puppets and props, is for all ages and can take place day and night. Roar delights in stories of dragons and beasts, and includes songs, ballads, chases, encounters, diversions, dances, battles & bun fights.

Contact us for further information.

Bye bye BoneYard, bye bye

Category : Bone Yard Tales, Current Work, General Info · No Comments · by September 23, 2013

Rag and Bone take the final bow in the Bone YardThe final bow

MintFest was the final outing for Bone Yard Tales this year. Now the Bone Yard must creak and groan its own dusty lullaby, fold into itself like a hibernating clock and settle into it’s barn for a Winter of rusty snoring, musty  autumnal dreams and occasional scrapyard flatulence.

A hearty thank you to everybody involved – without you all it would not be possible.

We have our own specially unqualified Quack Doctor who will be checking up on the sleeping BoneYard during the winter months and will let us know when the first stirrings and rumblings start in the Spring.

Bone Yard Video

Category : Bone Yard Tales, Current Work, Interesting Stuff · No Comments · by August 8, 2013

Some great video  footage of Bone Yard Tales at Stockton here:


Thanks to Milkmandavekennedy

SIRF 2013

Category : Bone Yard Tales, Current Work, Event Details · No Comments · by August 8, 2013

We had a ball in a sun drenched Stockton last weekend, performing Bone Yard Tales for Stockton International Riverside Festival 2013. Loads of sun, lovely crowds, great organisation and the best festival catering ever – what more could you want?

Photo of Wallop fighting the Beast of the BoneyardWallop gets up close to the Beast of the Bone Yard. Note his approach to health and safety

Bone Yard Tales, the Video

Category : Bone Yard Tales, Current Work · No Comments · by July 30, 2013

Just uploaded a whistle-stop tour video edit of Bone Yard Tales to Vimeo. You can watch it here:

from Rag and Bone on Vimeo.

It’s a brief flavour of the show, filmed at Greenwich and Docklands International Festival in June.

Stockton Bone Yard

Category : Bone Yard Tales, Current Work, Event Details · No Comments · by July 9, 2013

Bone Yard Tales finds it’s way to Stockton International Riverside Festival soon.

We’re on at 2pm and 8pm on Friday 2nd August,

2pm and 8pm on Saturday 3rd August, all shows are at the High Street venue, see here for details.

The Bone Yard @GDIF

Category : Bone Yard Tales, Current Work, Interesting Stuff · No Comments · by July 2, 2013

Some feedback from our appearance at Greenwich & Docklands International Festival the other week:

A piece by writer and poet Lemn Sissay about the whole event:


And a gallery of great photos from photographer Fred Adams


Bone Yard Tales @ Greenwich & Docklands

Category : Bone Yard Tales, Current Work · No Comments · by June 28, 2013

Just got back from Greenwich and Docklands festival – our fourth outing for Bone Yard Tales so far. In summary – extreme luck with the weather, Old Royal Navy College backdrop, King Charles Lawn, beached whale, amazing smells from Greenwich Market, Premier Inn thumbs up, small pub meals thumbs down, new hire van practically loads & unloads itself, crinkly dried leaf confetti substitute result, new costume for Rag fits first time, lovely appreciative crowds, pints by the Thames, jobs a good un.

Some photos:

Photo of Rag, character in Bone Yard Tales
And another thing, I want a classical backdrop in every gig from now on…

Photo of scene from Bone Yard Tales with performers on moving towers
The Bone Yard Ark sets sail…

Photo of the beast attacking rag and bone in Bone Yard Tales
The Beast of the Bone Yard attacks

A message from the BoneYard

Category : Bone Yard Tales, Current Work, Event Details · No Comments · by May 23, 2013

Bone Yard Tales has made it’s first 2 outings in public.Here’s some photos from our first shows at Brighton Festival on 11th/12th May.

Photo of Bone, lead performer in Boneyard Tales
Bone tells another tall story

Photo of Rag, lead performer in Boneyard tales
Rag, peering out from her tower.Will that Bone ever shut up?

Photo of towers in Boneyard Tales
The Bone Yard towers come to life.