• 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.

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  • The Animations Online Team

    Editor – Helen Babbs

    Writers – Cariad Astles, Jeremy Bidgood, Patricia Brennan, Leslie Burton, Matthew Isaac Cohen, Beth Crane, 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

    Join us email animationsonline@puppetcentre.org.uk to find out more

     

  • A history of the Puppet Centre | part one

    20. October 2014 - Features

    As Puppet Centre clocks up 40 years, founding member Penny Francis begins a four part history, starting at the very beginning.

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    Working together to strengthen puppetry

    9. October 2014 - Features

    Announcing a collaborative project that aims to build better infrastructure for puppetry in England.

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    A great puppet party

    9. October 2014 - Events

    It's Puppet Centre's 40th birthday so we're throwing a monster party to celebate our amazing art form. Everyone's invited!

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    'Fantastic Mr Fox' – Little Angel Theatre

    20. September 2014 - Reviews

    A family show bringing a much loved story to life with an inventive set and attractive rod puppets.

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    'Theories of Flight' – Skeyne Theatre

    20. September 2014 - Reviews

    More performance art than a play, this movement piece features some beautiful puppetry and expressive lighting.

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    'Sir Gawain and the Green Knight' – Puppet Theatre Barge

    19. September 2014 - Reviews

    Scenes of subtle beauty and fabulous strangeness combine in a fine marionette production for adults.

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    'The Secret Life of Suitcases' – Unicorn Theatre

    19. September 2014 - Reviews

    An imaginative and charming puppet show for curious kids that's packed with surprises and transformations.

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    Celebrating 40 | Q&A with Pete Gunson

    5. September 2014 - Features

    The Puppet Centre is 40 this year. To celebrate we're catching up with some of the people who have won Puppet Centre bursaries to find out how their eclectic careers have developed.

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    'Dead Dog in a Suitcase' – Kneehigh

    4. September 2014 - Reviews

    A fabulously macabre show based on the 'Beggar's Opera', featuring puppetry and acrobatics.

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    'Ubu and the Truth Commission' – Handspring Puppet Company

    29. August 2014 - Reviews

    A poignant and dignified revival of a 1997 play with puppets that explores political transition in post-apartheid South Africa.

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