'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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'Schicklgruber… Alias Adolf Hitler’ – Stuffed Puppet Theatre | Manipulate Festival

9. February 2013 Helen Babbs

A one-man show using muppet-style puppets, which tells the infamous story of the final moments of Hitler, Eva Braun, Goebbels et al in their underground bunker.

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'Consuming Spirits' – Chris Sullivan | Manipulate Festival

8. February 2013 Helen Babbs

Spiralling alcoholism, game hunting, neglect and gardening are the themes that flow through this feature-length animation shot frame by frame on 16mm, which brings 2D paper puppets, toy cars, old photos and pencil drawings to life.

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'Papercut' – Yael Rasooly | Manipulate Festival

7. February 2013 Helen Babbs

What do you get if you cross a black and white Hollywood movie with a busy 1950s office and a paper doll activity book? This – a two dimensional romantic adventure in paper that unfurls chaotically across a stationery strewn desktop.

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'Passing On' – Santé Theatre Warwick

7. February 2013 Ellen de Vries

This ethnodrama uses puppetry to bring to life verbatim text taken from three years of research on end-of-life care.

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