A new version of the classic tale, this marionette production has atmosphere and depth.
A riotous comedy show featuring astronaut bears and some well thought out shadow work.
Family friendly dance show inspired by the surreal paintings of Magritte, featuring joyful object and shadow work.
Is puppetry a particularly effective way of exploring the challenging issues of the so-called Great War? We talk to Handspring, Les Enfants Terribles and Metta Theatre to find out.
Pickled Image's signature style puppets deliver a family friendly, homely sort of a show.
Energetic and energising, this memorable puppetry piece is suffused with gypsy music and folk romance.
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.
The new chair of British UNIMA, and one of the brains behind Pangolin's Teatime and the Great Puppet Horn, Jeremy Bidgood talks about his influences and the future of UK puppetry.
Glamourous stripteases, macabre stunts and magic all make for a late night puppet cabaret with a smouldering atmosphere.
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.
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
Live action, projection and skilled puppetry deliver a sophisticated and emotionally rich exploration of human experience.
A claustrophobic depiction of life in the trenches, where large rod puppets and shadow animation help to create an unearthly atmosphere.
Simple shadow puppetry and ingenious masks combine beautifully in this enchanting opera adapted from the novels of Philip Pullman.
A powerful piece inspired by child victims’ accounts of the atomic bombings in Japan at the end of the Second World War, using shadows, masks on hands, half-body puppets with human legs and paper cranes of all sizes.
Based on a short story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, this is an original and captivating adaptation that combines inventive, varied puppetry techniques, romantic horror and subtle humour to great effect.
This winter, a workshop with Drew Colby introduced us to the complex yet familiar world of hand shadows, where we hunted for the creatures in our hands and discovered it's a secret art into which initiation is necessary.
A fast-paced one man show that delivers a quirky bundle of puppetry, circus, film, magic and mayhem, and showcases the epic skill set of a Cirque du Soleil trained clown.
Beautiful but soporofic storytelling is on offer in this visually arresting adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's dark tale, which uses puppetry, mask and shadows.
What happens when you combine objects and operatics? Over a day of illustrated talks at the Barbican, practitioners from the puppetry and opera worlds shared their experiences and thoughts on why the two can be combined to powerful effect.
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.
Het Filiaal play with a mixture of live performance, toy theatre and shadows. The two performers move with brio between different scales and viewpoints.
The action is influenced by the way in which one hand can create part of one character while the other hand creates part of a second character, allowing interactions to occur. Sometimes two hands rapidly transform from one animal into another.
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.
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."
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.