Whilst at Skipton Puppetry Festival, our reviewer Addya also goes to see La dernière danse de Brigitte (by Zero en Conducta, Spain).
Tobi Poster sees La Causeuse by EQUIVOC at Bristol Puppetry Festival.
Tobi Poster reviewed some shows for Animations Online as part of the Bristol Puppetry Festival.
Tobi Poster reviews Parachute by Stephen Mottram at The Bristol Festival of Puppetry 2017.
Tobi Poster reviews for Animations Online from Bristol Festival of Puppetry.
An enthralling, dark and sensory meditation on mortaltiy.
The Ed Fringe runs from the 7 to 31 August this year and the list of what’s on is, as ever, endless. We've combed through the listings and picked out all the puppetry on offer.
An ambitious puppet production that tells the astounding tale of a captured merman.
Four brand new puppet shows for adults were premiered at this year's FIRSTS festival.
An award winning filmmaker presents an evening of animation designed to make you shiver.
A fast paced and feel good performance where strings of pasta take centre stage.
An exisquite dance piece with dynamic puppetry that explores the doctor/patient divide.
A gloriously chaotic production inspired by the fairground theatres that wandered Europe a hundred years ago.
A double-bill of short plays, packed with laughs, talent and ideas.
A dark comic riff on the Pinocchio story with some surprisingly poignant parts.
A bonkers but brilliant feature length stop motion animation from Estonia, tackling the plight of refugees.
An anthology of animated shorts that delve into the darker dimensions of human existence.
Premiering at LIAF 2014, this animated feature length film explores the depths of depression.
A poignant and dignified revival of a 1997 play with puppets that explores political transition in post-apartheid South Africa.
Puppets, animation and a rock 'n' roll soundscape combine in this innovative adaptation of Milton's epic poem.
A touching and visually imaginative performance, featuring shadow work, rod puppetry and object theatre.
A camp, ridiculous romp through a zoo-full of fictional creatures and their peculiar keepers.
Dance and cartoons combine in a piece that blends live choreography with shadow and projection imagery.
This weekend's Beverley Puppet Festival is the biggest yet. Here the festival organisers help preview the packed programme.
An ambitious, if rather raw, piece of theatre for kids presented at this year's Brighton Fringe.
Featuring five puppet shows by up-and-coming professional companies, the FIRSTS festival returns to the Little Angel later this month.
Shadow puppetry is used to riff off contemporary concerns like climate change, economics and, of course, immigration.
Long string marionettes are used to tell Howard Barker's story of a wretched philosopher who conjures up all his nightmares in one day.
An exploration of one woman’s domestic life and her quest to find milk for a cup of tea, this residency piece features an ethereal rod puppet and an ever-changing kitchen monster.
Showcasing work specifically for adults, this packed festival offers London audiences some outstanding visual theatre plus a selection of workshops, talks and screenings. Peter Glanville discusses directing the festival, his last hurrah for the Little Angel Theatre.
From sublime street theatre to invite-only premieres, the Festival Mondial des Theatres de Marionnettes de Charleville-Mezieres offers audiences an overwhelming amount of puppetry over nine days.
At the end of September, a picturesque town in Yorkshire will host an intense three-day burst of puppetry with a strong international presence.
As a non French speaker, is it worth going to a puppetry festival in France? Looking back at Biennale International des Arts de la Marionnette and ahead to Le Festival Mondial des Theatres des Marionnettes, we explore the joys and challenges of international visual theatre festivals.
Fine art, fame and talk show absurdity combine beautifully in a unique homage to two great, dead artists.
Using a mix of puppetry and live action, this show turns 'The Elves and the Shoemaker' into a potent satire about child labour and consumerism.
Technically sophisticated, this show uses live paper animation to lay the creative process bare.
Masterful, simple shadow puppetry abounds in a show that sparkles somewhere between storytelling, theatre and stand-up.
This performance uses object theatre to deliver a visually creative interpretation of an award winning children's book about depression
A stunning full body puppet is the highlight of this promising but flawed delve into Slavic myth and horror.
A tabletop performance conjured from found objects, this playful version of an epic classic is full of surprises.
Live action, projection and skilled puppetry deliver a sophisticated and emotionally rich exploration of human experience.
Elemental animation at its most simple and powerful, this short performance breathes life and poetry into the humble plastic bag.
International puppetry acts will flood into Bristol at the end of August, as the city’s biennial puppetry festival begins. Producers Rachel McNally and Chris Pirie talk about the process of putting on a festival.
The Fringe officially begins on the 2 August and the list of what’s on is, as ever, endless. Happily, the Puppet Centre team has combed through the bulky brochure and picked out all the puppetry that’s on offer.
Inventive shifts in scale and a menagerie of colourful characters combine in this endearing production.
A claustrophobic depiction of life in the trenches, where large rod puppets and shadow animation help to create an unearthly atmosphere.
There is a lot to like in this raucous one woman show that tears through three myths from Ovid’s ‘Metamorphoses’ at break-neck speed using grotesque Gerald Scarfe style hand and body puppets.
Running over a long weekend in April, this festival will showcase shorts, features and documentaries that use live-action puppetry, ranging from Jim Henson's 'The Dark Crystal' to Svankmayer's 'Punch and Judy'.
An energetic and exuberant performance, where a huge array of well-crafted puppets, animation and live music combine to tell Gogol's surreal story.
A 60-minute leap into the life of a housebound old man, which glitters with ethical dilemmas but retains plenty of room for superb dialogue and the odd joke.
An independent festival celebrating the beautifully diverse world of animation, where everything from stop motion and CGI, to shadow puppetry and live animation, can be enjoyed at venues across the city.
Affirming the value of object manipulation, and moving the next generation of artists into the public domain, the upcoming Manipulate Festival promises 14 days of excitement, intelligent theatre and provocation.
An ambitious project with a deliberately naïve style, this performance races through the whole Bible and beyond, to the Crusades and right up to today's suicide bombers.