One of the highlights of the first ever Nottingham Puppet Festival, which took place in March this year, was Cie Akselere's ingenious retelling of 'Sleeping Beauty'.
Whilst at Skipton Puppetry Festival, our reviewer Addya also goes to see La dernière danse de Brigitte (by Zero en Conducta, Spain).
Addya Panayiotou headed to Skipton Puppetry Festival 2017 and amist a feast of puppetry went to see There and Back Again - an Odyssey by Lyngo Theatre.
Tobi Poster reviewed some shows for Animations Online as part of the Bristol Puppetry Festival.
Tobi Poster sees La Causeuse by EQUIVOC at Bristol Puppetry Festival.
Tobi Poster reviews for Animations Online from Bristol Festival of Puppetry.
Tobi Poster reviews Parachute by Stephen Mottram at The Bristol Festival of Puppetry 2017.
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.
A dark and brooding puppet show that brings an ancient folk tale to brilliant life.
A beguiling immersive performance with puppets that formed the focal point of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival this year.
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.
Incredible lighting and sound design combine with brilliant mime in this dystopian cautionary tale.
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.
A poignant and dignified revival of a 1997 play with puppets that explores political transition in post-apartheid South Africa.
A riotous comedy show featuring astronaut bears and some well thought out shadow work.
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.
The Fringe officially begins on the 1 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.
An ambitious, if rather raw, piece of theatre for kids presented at this year's Brighton Fringe.
This March, the Little Angel Theatre's FIRSTS festival premiered a selection of new works from young, emerging puppetry companies.
Featuring five puppet shows by up-and-coming professional companies, the FIRSTS festival returns to the Little Angel later this month.
Great puppet theatre meets great physical theatre, and existentialism, in this solo piece featuring large foam puppets.
A bold and brave production using a life size horse puppet, this show provides intelligent comment on the euthanasia debate.
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.
A fast-paced comedy showcase with a vaudevillian aesthetic, our Balkan bunraku hosts succeed in making pain and death funny.
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.
Clowning, physical theatre and delightful hand puppetry combine to tell the story of the minor characters from Hitchcock's 'The Birds'.
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.
Live action, projection and skilled puppetry deliver a sophisticated and emotionally rich exploration of human experience.
A tabletop performance conjured from found objects, this playful version of an epic classic is full of surprises.
Elemental animation at its most simple and powerful, this short performance breathes life and poetry into the humble plastic bag.
Marionettes and household objects combine to tell a troubling story set on a remote Scottish island.
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.
Rather than a set of vignettes, as traditional Chinese hand puppetry might dictate, ‘Hand Stories’ is a meditation on the dexterous potential of the hands that never takes itself too seriously.
Over two parts, Matthew Isaac Cohen reflects on the relationship between objects and live art at the 2012 SPILL Festival of Performance. Part two - mass destruction and more subtle arts.
Over two parts, Matthew Isaac Cohen reflects on the relationship between objects and live art at the 2012 SPILL Festival of Performance. Part one – live art and white goods.
Critical Voices is a short programme starting in December that's designed to skill-up new critics to take on the burgeoning visual theatre scene, particularly puppetry. Find out more and how to apply.
Like puppetry, animation is slowly being taken more seriously as an adult art form that allows filmmakers to tackle subjects in ways live action never could.
The SPILL Festival of performance launches in Ipswich next week, offering five days of experimental theatre and live art from a host of international performers.
Billed as ‘South Park meets Newsnight with a whole load of cardboard’, this company’s use of popular film, comic book imagery and surreal humour belies intelligent satire and a complicated story, which was intricately brought to a conclusion.
The story unravels as an old man pulls a bit of grass from his pocket and begins to twist it together in his hands. Throuhgout, the puppets have a rough, folk-art quality, while shadow puppetry and projections are used to illuminate an inner world.
Sometimes the best theatrical treasures of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe are the small and perfectly formed ones, often hidden away in unusual performing spaces. Such was 'Ma Biche et mon Lapin'.
Voices is a series of interviews with puppeteers performing at this year’s Fringe. Here Shona Reppe tells us about taking The Curious Scrapbook of Josephine Bean to the festival. "Hallelujah for parents who take their kids to the Fringe - pick me, pick me!!"
Extraordinary feats of team puppet manipulation, improvised dialogue and audience interaction keep the performance fresh. Not to mention the enduring impact of the striking finale.
Voices is a series of interviews with puppeteers performing at this year’s Fringe. Here George Mann tells us about taking Translunar Paradise to the festival. "There's just nothing like the Edinburgh Festival Fringe - it's the craziest, most beautiful and ugly festival in the world for artists."
This delicate production is thoughtful, beautifully designed and structured. It invites the audience to pay attention to familiar things and find magic there.
Voices is a series of interviews with puppeteers performing at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.Here Jeremy Bidgood tells us about taking the Great Puppet Horn to the festival. "We will be living by our wits, gathering by day and hunting by night."
The Fringe begins this weekend and the list of what’s on is, as ever, endless. Happily, the Puppet Centre team has combed through it and picked out all the puppetry that’s on offer.
Amid all the build-up of the past few months and the sporting activity to come, there have been some incredible animated offerings – from puppets out and about in the community to epic street performance on a grand scale.
Get down to De Beauvoir Gardens for a rolling programme of events that includes Kissing the Gunner’s Daughter, an installation promising object animation, light-and-shadow theatre and puppetry.
Theatre Ad Infinitum's latest production is performed by a talented trio combining the techniques of classic mask work, dance, Feldenkrais movement, Lecoq physical training, circus skills and cabaret.