Keyword: festival

Sleeping Beauty

2018-03-22 Caroline Partridge

One of the highlights of the first ever Nottingham Puppet Festival, which took place in March this year, was Cie Akselere's ingenious retelling of 'Sleeping Beauty'.

La dernière danse de Brigitte at Skipton Puppetry Festival

2017-10-01 Addya Panayiotou

Whilst at Skipton Puppetry Festival, our reviewer Addya also goes to see La dernière danse de Brigitte (by Zero en Conducta, Spain). 

There and Back Again - an Odyssey

2017-10-01 Addya Panayiotou

Addya Panayiotou headed to Skipton Puppetry Festival 2017 and amist a feast of puppetry went to see There and Back Again - an Odyssey by Lyngo Theatre. 

Cryptid Petting Zoo by Headstrung

2017-09-10 Tobi Poster

Tobi Poster reviewed some shows for Animations Online as part of the Bristol Puppetry Festival. 

La Causeuse by EQUIVOC

2017-09-10 Tobi Poster

Tobi Poster sees La Causeuse by EQUIVOC at Bristol Puppetry Festival. 

Ipet by BonteHond

2017-09-02 Tobi Poster

Tobi Poster reviews for Animations Online from Bristol Festival of Puppetry. 

Parachute by Stephen Mottram

2017-09-02 Tobi Poster

Tobi Poster reviews Parachute by Stephen Mottram at The Bristol Festival of Puppetry 2017.

'Biting the Dust' - Grist to the Mill

2015-11-02 Alexander Winfield

An enthralling, dark and sensory meditation on mortaltiy.

Puppetry at the Edinburgh Fringe 2015

2015-06-30 Helen Babbs

The Ed Fringe runs from the 7 to 31 August this year and the list of what’s on is, as ever, endless. We've combed through the listings and picked out all the puppetry on offer.

'Beowulf' – Barely Human Puppets & Atomic Force

2015-05-29 Alexander Winfield

A dark and brooding puppet show that brings an ancient folk tale to brilliant life.

'Wolf's Child' – Wild Works

2015-05-20 Sian Kidd

A beguiling immersive performance with puppets that formed the focal point of the Norfolk & Norwich Festival this year.

'Animated Nightmares' – Robert Morgan | Manipulate 2015

2015-02-03 Sian Kidd

An award winning filmmaker presents an evening of animation designed to make you shiver.

'Noodles' – NoFit State Circus | London International Mime Festival

2015-01-27 Celia Mendizabal

A fast paced and feel good performance where strings of pasta take centre stage.

'Light' – Theatre Ad Infinitum | London International Mime Festival

2015-01-20 Helen Babbs

Incredible lighting and sound design combine with brilliant mime in this dystopian cautionary tale.

‘Institute’ – Gecko | London International Mime Festival

2015-01-17 Catherine Alexander

An exisquite dance piece with dynamic puppetry that explores the doctor/patient divide.

'Amortale' – Circus Ronaldo | London International Mime Festival

2015-01-16 Alexander Winfield

A gloriously chaotic production inspired by the fairground theatres that wandered Europe a hundred years ago.

'Divinely Human' – Moonymelty Theatre

2014-11-28 Alexander Winfield

A double-bill of short plays, packed with laughs, talent and ideas.

'The Greatest Liar in All the World' – Familia de la Noche

2014-11-18 Helen Babbs

A dark comic riff on the Pinocchio story with some surprisingly poignant parts.

London International Animation Festival | 'A Rapid Love Story'

2014-10-31 Alexander Winfield

A bonkers but brilliant feature length stop motion animation from Estonia, tackling the plight of refugees.

London International Animation Festival | Late Night Macabre

2014-10-29 Alexander Winfield

An anthology of animated shorts that delve into the darker dimensions of human existence.

'Ubu and the Truth Commission' – Handspring Puppet Company

2014-08-29 Jungmin Song

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

Ed Fringe 2014 | 'Bears in Space' – Collapsing Horse

2014-08-15 Beth Crane

A riotous comedy show featuring astronaut bears and some well thought out shadow work.

Ed Fringe 2014 | 'Paradise Lost' – Paul Van Dyke

2014-08-15 Beth Crane

Puppets, animation and a rock 'n' roll soundscape combine in this innovative adaptation of Milton's epic poem.

Ed Fringe 2014 | 'Sleeping Beauty' – Cie Akselere

2014-08-12 Beth Crane

A touching and visually imaginative performance, featuring shadow work, rod puppetry and object theatre.

Ed Fringe 2014 | 'Dr Longitude's Imaginary Menagerie' – Les Enfants Terribles

2014-08-11 Beth Crane

A camp, ridiculous romp through a zoo-full of fictional creatures and their peculiar keepers.

Ed Fringe 2014 | ‘Malasombra’ – Au Ments Dance Company

2014-08-08 Katharine Kavanagh

Dance and cartoons combine in a piece that blends live choreography with shadow and projection imagery.

Puppetry at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014

2014-06-11 Helen Babbs

The Fringe officially begins on the 1 August and the list of what’s on is, as ever, endless. Happily, the Puppet Centre team has combed through the bulky brochure and picked out all the puppetry that’s on offer.

'Invisible Giant' – Feral Theatre

2014-05-29 Darren East

An ambitious, if rather raw, piece of theatre for kids presented at this year's Brighton Fringe.

FIRSTS festival 2014

2014-03-28 Alexander Winfield

This March, the Little Angel Theatre's FIRSTS festival premiered a selection of new works from young, emerging puppetry companies.

Five puppetry premieres – FIRSTS 2014

2014-03-04 Alexander Winfield

Featuring five puppet shows by up-and-coming professional companies, the FIRSTS festival returns to the Little Angel later this month.

'Bastard!' – DudaPaiva Company | Suspense 2013

2013-11-02 Nigel Luck

Great puppet theatre meets great physical theatre, and existentialism, in this solo piece featuring large foam puppets.

'For Their Own Good' – Untied Artists | Suspense 2013

2013-11-02 Helen Jauregui

A bold and brave production using a life size horse puppet, this show provides intelligent comment on the euthanasia debate.

'Immigrants!' – The Great Puppet Horn | Suspense 2013

2013-11-02 Helen Babbs

Shadow puppetry is used to riff off contemporary concerns like climate change, economics and, of course, immigration.

'All He Fears' | Movingstage Marionette Company | Suspense 2013

2013-10-27 Celia Mendizabal

Long string marionettes are used to tell Howard Barker's story of a wretched philosopher who conjures up all his nightmares in one day.

'Thinking It and Fainting' – Grist to the Mill | Suspense 2013

2013-10-26 Helen Jauregui

An exploration of one woman’s domestic life and her quest to find milk for a cup of tea, this residency piece features an ethereal rod puppet and an ever-changing kitchen monster.

'Boris & Sergey's Astonishing Freakatorium' – Flabbergast Theatre | Suspense 2013

2013-10-26 Helen Jauregui

A fast-paced comedy showcase with a vaudevillian aesthetic, our Balkan bunraku hosts succeed in making pain and death funny.

Suspense London Festival of Puppetry 2013

2013-10-02 Nigel Luck

Showcasing work specifically for adults, this packed festival offers London audiences some outstanding visual theatre plus a selection of workshops, talks and screenings. Peter Glanville discusses directing the festival, his last hurrah for the Little Angel Theatre.

Festival Mondial des Theatres de Marionnettes de Charleville-Mezieres 2013

2013-10-01 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.

Skipton International Puppet Festival 2013

2013-09-11 Eleanor Margolies

At the end of September, a picturesque town in Yorkshire will host an intense three-day burst of puppetry with a strong international presence.

Going native – Le Festival Mondial des Theatres des Marionnettes

2013-09-06 Matt Jackson

As a non French speaker, is it worth going to a puppetry festival in France? Looking back at Biennale International des Arts de la Marionnette and ahead to Le Festival Mondial des Theatres des Marionnettes, we explore the joys and challenges of international visual theatre festivals.

'Munch and Van Gogh' – Ulkrika Quade Company

2013-08-31 Helen Jauregui

Fine art, fame and talk show absurdity combine beautifully in a unique homage to two great, dead artists.

'Pendulum's Bargain Emporium' – Maison Foo | Edinburgh 2013

2013-08-21 Darren East

Using a mix of puppetry and live action, this show turns 'The Elves and the Shoemaker' into a potent satire about child labour and consumerism.

'Feral' – Tortoise in a Nutshell | Edinburgh 2013

2013-08-21 Darren East

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

'Birdhouse' – Jammy Voo | Edinburgh 2013

2013-08-20 Darren East

Clowning, physical theatre and delightful hand puppetry combine to tell the story of the minor characters from Hitchcock's 'The Birds'.

'Slapdash Galaxy: 3D' – Bunk Puppets | Edinburgh 2013

2013-08-19 Darren East

Masterful, simple shadow puppetry abounds in a show that sparkles somewhere between storytelling, theatre and stand-up.

'The Red Tree' – Featherweight Theatre | Edinburgh 2013

2013-08-19 Darren East

This performance uses object theatre to deliver a visually creative interpretation of an award winning children's book about depression

'HAG' – The Wrong Crowd | Edinburgh 2013

2013-08-18 Darren East

A stunning full body puppet is the highlight of this promising but flawed delve into Slavic myth and horror.

'It’s Dark Outside' – Perth Theatre Company & Weeping Spoon | Edinburgh 2013

2013-08-18 Darren East

Live action, projection and skilled puppetry deliver a sophisticated and emotionally rich exploration of human experience.

'Dustpan Odyssey' – Compagnie Philippe Genty | Edinburgh 2013

2013-08-18 Darren East

A tabletop performance conjured from found objects, this playful version of an epic classic is full of surprises.


‘L’après-midi d’un Foehn’ – Company Non Nova | Edinburgh 2013

2013-08-16 Katharine Kavanagh

Elemental animation at its most simple and powerful, this short performance breathes life and poetry into the humble plastic bag.

‘Kind’ – Nominal Theatre | Edinburgh 2013

2013-08-15 Katharine Kavanagh

Marionettes and household objects combine to tell a troubling story set on a remote Scottish island.

Bristol Festival of Puppetry 2013

2013-07-31 Helen Babbs

International puppetry acts will flood into Bristol at the end of August, as the city’s biennial puppetry festival begins. Producers Rachel McNally and Chris Pirie talk about the process of putting on a festival.

Puppetry at the Edinburgh Fringe 2013

2013-07-24 Helen Babbs

The Fringe officially begins on the 2 August and the list of what’s on is, as ever, endless. Happily, the Puppet Centre team has combed through the bulky brochure and picked out all the puppetry that’s on offer.

'Fish Pie' - Colossal Crumbs

2013-05-31 Ellen de Vries

Inventive shifts in scale and a menagerie of colourful characters combine in this endearing production.

'The Trench' – Les Enfants Terribles

2013-05-28 Helen Jauregui

A claustrophobic depiction of life in the trenches, where large rod puppets and shadow animation help to create an unearthly atmosphere.

'Occasionally Ovid' – Helen Ainsworth

2013-05-11 Jeremy Bidgood

There is a lot to like in this raucous one woman show that tears through three myths from Ovid’s ‘Metamorphoses’ at break-neck speed using grotesque Gerald Scarfe style hand and body puppets.

Puppets on Film Festival 2013

2013-03-28 Louise Radinger, curator of Puppets on Film

Running over a long weekend in April, this festival will showcase shorts, features and documentaries that use live-action puppetry, ranging from Jim Henson's 'The Dark Crystal' to Svankmayer's 'Punch and Judy'.

‘The Nose’ – Carnival of Objects

2013-03-17 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.

'Killing Roger' – Sparkle and Dark

2013-03-13 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.

Animated Exeter Festival 2013

2013-02-06 Helen Jauregui

An independent festival celebrating the beautifully diverse world of animation, where everything from stop motion and CGI, to shadow puppetry and live animation, can be enjoyed at venues across the city.

Manipulate Festival 2013

2013-01-30 Gareth Vile

Affirming the value of object manipulation, and moving the next generation of artists into the public domain, the upcoming Manipulate Festival promises 14 days of excitement, intelligent theatre and provocation.

'The Cardinals' – Stan's Cafe | London International Mime Festival

2013-01-14 Kristin Fredricksson

An ambitious project with a deliberately naïve style, this performance races through the whole Bible and beyond, to the Crusades and right up to today's suicide bombers.

'Hand Stories' – Yeung Fai | London International Mime Festival

2013-01-14 Ellen de Vries

Rather than a set of vignettes, as traditional Chinese hand puppetry might dictate, ‘Hand Stories’ is a meditation on the dexterous potential of the hands that never takes itself too seriously.

SPILL 2012 - mass destruction and more subtle arts

2012-11-21 Matthew Isaac Cohen

Over two parts, Matthew Isaac Cohen reflects on the relationship between objects and live art at the 2012 SPILL Festival of Performance. Part two - mass destruction and more subtle arts.

SPILL 2012 - live art and white goods

2012-11-07 Matthew Isaac Cohen

Over two parts, Matthew Isaac Cohen reflects on the relationship between objects and live art at the 2012 SPILL Festival of Performance. Part one – live art and white goods.

Critical Voices Programme

2012-11-02 Helen Babbs

Critical Voices is a short programme starting in December that's designed to skill-up new critics to take on the burgeoning visual theatre scene, particularly puppetry. Find out more and how to apply.

London International Animation Festival 2012

2012-10-31 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.

SPILL Festival 2012

2012-10-26 Helen Babbs

The SPILL Festival of performance launches in Ipswich next week, offering five days of experimental theatre and live art from a host of international performers.

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

2012-08-27 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.

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

2012-08-22 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.

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

2012-08-22 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'.

Edinburgh Voices III

2012-08-20 Shona Reppe

Voices is a series of interviews with puppeteers performing at this year’s Fringe. Here Shona Reppe tells us about taking The Curious Scrapbook of Josephine Bean to the festival. "Hallelujah for parents who take their kids to the Fringe - pick me, pick me!!"

'Boris & Sergey' - Flabbergast | Edinburgh 2012

2012-08-16 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.

Edinburgh Voices II

2012-08-15 George Mann

Voices is a series of interviews with puppeteers performing at this year’s Fringe. Here George Mann tells us about taking Translunar Paradise to the festival. "There's just nothing like the Edinburgh Festival Fringe - it's the craziest, most beautiful and ugly festival in the world for artists."

'Cloud Man' - Ailie Cohen | Edinburgh 2012

2012-08-14 Eleanor Margolies

This delicate production is thoughtful, beautifully designed and structured. It invites the audience to pay attention to familiar things and find magic there.

Edinburgh Voices I

2012-08-08 Jeremy Bidgood

Voices is a series of interviews with puppeteers performing at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.Here Jeremy Bidgood tells us about taking the Great Puppet Horn to the festival. "We will be living by our wits, gathering by day and hunting by night."

Puppetry at the Edinburgh Fringe 2012

2012-08-01 Helen Babbs

The Fringe begins this weekend and the list of what’s on is, as ever, endless. Happily, the Puppet Centre team has combed through it and picked out all the puppetry that’s on offer.

Olympian Puppetry

2012-07-26 Liat Rosenthal

Amid all the build-up of the past few months and the sporting activity to come, there have been some incredible animated offerings – from puppets out and about in the community to epic street performance on a grand scale.

Puppetry at the Shoreditch Festival

2012-07-20 Helen Babbs

Get down to De Beauvoir Gardens for a rolling programme of events that includes Kissing the Gunner’s Daughter, an installation promising object animation, light-and-shadow theatre and puppetry.

'Translunar Paradise' - Theatre Ad Infinitum

2012-01-17 Matt Jackson

Theatre Ad Infinitum's latest production is performed by a talented trio combining the techniques of classic mask work, dance, Feldenkrais movement, Lecoq physical training, circus skills and cabaret.