• Welcome to Animations Online

    Animations Online is a web-based magazine for contemporary puppetry and object theatre. We explore the full spectrum of practice, ranging from traditional puppetry to experimental visual theatre, art and film.

    Explore the site for reviews, festival previews and features, delve into our archive and visit our blog.

    Send story ideas and show information to animationsonline@puppetcentre.org.uk.

  • The Animations Online Blog

    Visit our blog to read diary style pieces from a variety of writers, including the ever irreverent table-top puppets Boris and Sergey, live animation magic makers The Paper Cinema and the 'making of' story of an enormous polar bear called Aurora.

  • The Animations Online Team

    Editor – Helen Babbs

    Writers – Jeremy Bidgood, Patricia Brennan, Leslie Burton, Matthew Isaac Cohen, Darren East, Kristin Fredricksson, Joanna Hruby, Helen Jauregui, Song Jungmin, Katharine Kavanagh, Nigel Luck, Eleanor Margolies, Celia Mendizabal, Beccy Smith, Isobel Smith, EJ Stedman, Ellen de Vries, Alexander Winfield

    Bloggers – Louise Alexander, Joni-Rae Carrack, Beth Crane, Nina Gebauer, Isabel Lyster, Boris & Sergey, The Paper Cinema

    Join us email animationsonline@puppetcentre.org.uk if you're interested in writing for us


  • An Eighteenth Century Puppet Hamlet

    23. April 2014 - Features

    To mark the Bard's 450th birthday, theatre historian Tiffany Stern describes why director Beth Burns and her Hidden Room Theatre Company mounted an eighteenth century puppet version of 'Hamlet'.


    'Rubbish' – Theatre Rites

    17. April 2014 - Reviews

    A visually accomplished piece of children's theatre that uses puppetry to bring some rather attractive discarded objects to life.


    'Shakespeare: The Puppet Show' – The Puppet Story

    15. April 2014 - Reviews

    Engaging and educational family theatre that uses a variety of puppetry techniques to celebrate Shakespeare.


    'The Frog and the Princess' – Norwich Puppet Theatre

    9. April 2014 - Reviews

    Ingenuity and wit shine through in this accomplished puppet show for young audiences.


    'The Red Balloon' – String Theatre

    3. April 2014 - Reviews

    As romantic as it is traditional, this delightful marionette production has a gentle, bittersweet charm.


    'At the End of Everything Else' – Unicorn Theatre

    1. April 2014 - Reviews

    A bicycle powered production for over eights featuring small scale puppets and live animation.


    Spitting Image – From Start to Finish

    28. March 2014 - Reviews

    30 years after its first broadcast, the celebrated and controversial satirical puppet show makes a welcome, temporary return with an exhibition at London's Cartoon Museum.


    FIRSTS festival 2014

    28. March 2014 - Reviews

    This March, the Little Angel Theatre's FIRSTS festival premiered a selection of new works from young, emerging puppetry companies.


    'Father Nandru and the Wolves' – Wiltons Music Hall

    25. March 2014 - Reviews

    Energetic and energising, this memorable puppetry piece is suffused with gypsy music and folk romance.


    The play's the thing – exploring the V&A's puppetry collection

    17. March 2014 - Features

    Ahead of a Shakespeare themed show using characters from the V&A's puppetry collection, we meet writer and performer Allison Ouvry who has been given unique access to the archive.