Puppet Centre - promoting, developing and connecting puppetry in England
Established in 1974 as a trust and registered charity, Puppet Centre is the national development agency for puppetry and focuses on contemporary performance practice, encouraging innovation, whilst also respecting and preserving the heritage of the art form.
Puppet Centre's strategic role incorporates the use of puppetry in outdoor arts, carnival, dance, opera, screen animation, and theatre sectors. Anticipating and responding to artistic developments and changes in audience engagement, the organisation’s long-term role has taken a range of strategic routes over its 40 year history.
The Wrong Crowd’s HAG, 2013. Photography: Richard Davenport.
Recent Puppet Centre work includes:
The Animals and Children took to the Streets by 1927, photograph: Nick Flintoff
Puppet Centre is an Associate Company resident at BAC. Following the fire in April 2015 and the on-going renovations to the building, we have been offered shared desk space whilst offices are being found for all the residents. In the meantime, if you can't find what you're looking for on the website feel free to give us a call: 020 7228 5335 to speak to Bethan. You can also contact us via our e-mail and social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter and our monthly newsletter. We will get back to you as soon as we possibly can.
At Puppet Centre, we are determined to continue our work in developing, connecting and advocating for the art form of puppetry in England. We are delighted to confirm that we were recently appointed to co-ordinate the work of the newly established Puppetry Development Consortium and we are looking forward to this exciting new chapter in our history. We're pleased to have on board Bethan Tomlinson who is supporting the administrative elements of the Puppetry Development Consortium and Roxana Haines who is currently PCT's administrator.
We are reviewing and interviewing several of the puppetry artists involved in The London International Mime Festival 2016 which is taking place now! Watch this space for Mervyn (the chair of PCT's board) who's been chatting with The Wrong Crowd who are the company behind KITE, and our admin Roxana is also interviewing Frank Soehnle - the imagination behind Figuren Theater Tübingen. They will be posted on Animations as soon as they are ready.
We are continuing to grow and develop Animations Online and we are planning a fundraising campaign to expand its activity and impact in 2016. But in the mean time if you would like to get involved we're looking for articles to post on Animations, provocative questions to share and respond to and ways to implement the future of puppetry in the UK. Email us if you've got a fully formed concept or just an idea... contact Roxana at email@example.com
War Horse at the New London Theatre, photograph: Simon Annand
Scroll through the years using the left and right arrows to find out more about Puppet Centre's history.
We are a development agency for the art form of puppetry. We help champion puppetry to funders, venue managers and other stakeholders, we provide opportunities for puppeteers to connect, to gain skills, to engage in critical debate, and we are an information hub for puppetry.
No. Puppet Centre is a development agency rather than a producing company.
We make our home at Battersea Arts Centre at the top of Lavender Hill in south west London.
The Puppet Centre recently bequeathed its puppet collection to the National Puppetry Archive where it can be seen at Bridgnorth, Shropshire, by appointment. Please telephone the administrator to fix an appointment with the collection manager.
We do! We send out a very informative e-newsletter once a month. If you would like to sign up to it please add your email address into the box in the footer of the website. If you would like to see previous newsletters please see the links section below.
We will always try to help if you are looking for either and have lots of artists we can suggest. It is always good to try the excellent resource on the Puppeteers UK (PUK) website first though.
No. All our contacts are professional.
Absolutely. Drop us a line and we can arrange a visit. Please let us know what you need help with and make sure you’ve had a look at our website first. We offer career and development advice.
Our extensive reference library is available at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in Swiss Cottage, North West London. Appointments need to be made at least 24 hours in advance by contacting the librarian on 020 7559 3942 or 020 7722 8183.
Please send any details of puppetry shows to Helen Babbs, the Editor, with details of run dates and times and a reviewer will endeavor to attend.
If you are interested in reviewing for our web magazine Animations Online, please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
We have a list of links. This is a carefully compiled list of puppetry related organisations. We will not add any links to inappropriate websites.