'The Engineer's Thumb' – Dotted Line Theatre

21. March 2013 Celia Mendizabal

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.

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‘The Nose’ – Carnival of Objects

17. March 2013 Kristin Fredricksson

An energetic and exuberant performance, where a huge array of well-crafted puppets, animation and live music combine to tell Gogol's surreal story.

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'Killing Roger' – Sparkle and Dark

13. March 2013 Helen Jauregui

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.

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'Dinosaur Petting Zoo' – Erth

18. February 2013 Celia Mendizabal

‘Dinosaur Petting Zoo’ is an excuse to bring some extinct creatures back to life and offers young audiences the chance to interact with some magnificent dinosaur puppets.

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'There's a Monster in my Piano' – Garlic Theatre

16. February 2013 Helen Jauregui

A 45 minute frolic where jazz and comedy meet pure fun, ‘There’s a Monster in my Piano’ uses animation, hand and glove puppetry to charm its young audience.

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'There's a Rabbit in the Moon' – Vélo Théâtre

15. February 2013 Eleanor Margolies

The intense performance is structured by the logic of the dream. Toys, everyday objects, song lyrics, words from old stories and onomatopoeic sounds – all have equal status as things on stage.

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‘The Ulster Kama Sutra’ – Terra Nova Theatre Company

14. February 2013 Patricia Brennan

This is a puppet cabaret conceived from interviews conducted across Northern Ireland and loosely based on the ‘Kama Sutra’ text. It presents beliefs, perceptions and stereotypes of both Hindu and Northern Irish sexuality and relationships.

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'The Making of Longbird' – Will Anderson | Manipuate Festival

9. February 2013 Helen Babbs

A carefully crafted, creatively shot and great fun 15 minute film, which is presented in a documentary style and blends live action and frame-by-frame paper cut out animation.

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