'Black Hoods' – Old Watty Theatre Company

10. February 2014 Alexander Winfield

A series of skits created from the flimsiest of materials, this short puppet play lacks a strict narrative but delivers lots of laughs.

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'Satyagraha' – English National Opera

20. November 2013 Helen Babbs

An entrancing opera about Gandhi's early years, featuring huge puppets made from humble materials.

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Festival Mondial des Theatres de Marionnettes de Charleville-Mezieres 2013

1. October 2013 Celia Mendizabal

From sublime street theatre to invite-only premieres, the Festival Mondial des Theatres de Marionnettes de Charleville-Mezieres offers audiences an overwhelming amount of puppetry over nine days.

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'Feral' – Tortoise in a Nutshell | Edinburgh 2013

21. August 2013 Darren East

Technically sophisticated, this show uses live paper animation to lay the creative process bare.

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'The Girl With No Heart' – Sparkle and Dark

20. April 2013 Kristin Fredricksson

A powerful piece inspired by child victims’ accounts of the atomic bombings in Japan at the end of the Second World War, using shadows, masks on hands, half-body puppets with human legs and paper cranes of all sizes.

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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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'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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