London International Animation Festival 2012

31. October 2012 Helen Babbs

Like puppetry, animation is slowly being taken more seriously as an adult art form that allows filmmakers to tackle subjects in ways live action never could.

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'Puppet Master' - Paul Zerdin

3. October 2012 Matthew Isaac Cohen

Gobo stars and Las Vegas style revue music set the scene for Bloomsbury Theatre’s launch of English ventriloquist Paul Zerdin’s autumn tour, 'Puppet Master', sharing the bill on this occasion with the comic juggler Ben Langley. Ventriloquism has indeed become a starry art once again.

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'The Tear Thief' - Little Angel Theatre

29. September 2012 Helen Babbs

A shimmering puppet seated on an orb of moonlight hovers across a dusky stage, shared with a lone musician and his cello. It’s a magical beginning to a simple tale, which unfolds between the hours of supper and bedtime.

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'Sock Puppet' - John-Luke Roberts

27. September 2012 Matthew Isaac Cohen

The clever conceit of ‘Sock Puppet’ is that the puppet on the end of the hand of struggling art school graduate Ralph Guiltless is indeed a sock – a haunted sock, possessed by the soul of a notorious Yorkshire art forger, who uses Ralph’s body to wreak revenge on the art professor and assorted others who betrayed him.

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'The Great Puppet Horn' - Pangolin's Teatime | Edinburgh 2012

27. August 2012 Rebecca Davis

Billed as ‘South Park meets Newsnight with a whole load of cardboard’, this company’s use of popular film, comic book imagery and surreal humour belies intelligent satire and a complicated story, which was intricately brought to a conclusion.

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'Ma Biche et mon Lapin' - Collectif Aïe Aïe Aïe | Edinburgh 2012

22. August 2012 Simon Hart

Sometimes the best theatrical treasures of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe are the small and perfectly formed ones, often hidden away in unusual performing spaces. Such was 'Ma Biche et mon Lapin'.

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'Angus - Weaver of Grass' - Horse + Bamboo | Edinburgh 2012

22. August 2012 Raven Kaliana

The story unravels as an old man pulls a bit of grass from his pocket and begins to twist it together in his hands. Throuhgout, the puppets have a rough, folk-art quality, while shadow puppetry and projections are used to illuminate an inner world.

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'Boris & Sergey' - Flabbergast | Edinburgh 2012

16. August 2012 Raven Kaliana

Extraordinary feats of team puppet manipulation, improvised dialogue and audience interaction keep the performance fresh. Not to mention the enduring impact of the striking finale.

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