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Welcome to Animations Online!

Animations is a quarterly online magazine run by the Puppet Centre Trust. It is a voice for contemporary puppetry and related theatre forms, offering discussion and debate, reviews, and news from the puppet community and elsewhere. It’s an essential read for anyone interested in puppetry in all its diverse manifestations. Animations Online aims to represent the full spectrum of professional practice, from traditional puppetry to experimental visual theatre using puppetry or animation.

Features in this edition of Animations: Puppets on the Fringe – our round-up of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2006; a look at The Art of Puppetry, by which we mean the uses and abuses of puppetry within fine art practice; and a round-up of responses to the Scottish Arts Council’s Potential of Puppetry Review. There’s also a Preview of the London International Mime Festival 2007.

Our Company Profile is of animator odd-bods Doo Cot
From the Frontline brings you director Amy Rose with her thoughts on how to Quit Suffering! and make better puppet theatre.

In Training: we have a short but informative report on the Polish Schools of Puppetry event in June 2006.

In our Reviews section, there’s the usual eclectic mix including reports from the Buxton Puppet Festival.

The News and Noticeboard section is the place to read about the current and future plans of puppeteers and puppet-theatre companies, and to catch up on other news and events.

So that's the Autumn/Winter edition of Animations Online for you. We hope to be back online for Spring 2007; in the meantime we will be producing our eagerly awaited Animations In Print Annual, featuring the best of Animations Online 2006, plus a selection of newly commissioned articles. Available to order from the Puppet Centre Trust.

As always, your feedback is very welcome. We look forward to hearing your news, views and suggestions for future content. Please send your news items and suggestions for editorial content to our new email address

Animations Online editorial team:
Dorothy Max Prior – editor
Natalie Querol – PCT creative manager
Penny Francis – contributing editor/ PCT board representative
Beccy Smith – contributing editor
Matthew Isaac Cohen – contributing editor

John Ellingsworth – editorial assistant

Design/webmaster Gabriel Foster

The views expressed or opinions stated in Animations Online are those of the writers and not necessarily those of the publisher, Puppet Centre Trust. Reasonable care has been taken to ensure that information is correct, but no liability will be accepted for any errors which may occur.


Puppets on the Fringe – The Sequel: Festival die-hard Beccy Smith sees a great deal of puppetry in Edinburgh
The Art of Puppetry: Matthew Isaac Cohen muses on the many uses and abuses of puppets within contemporary fine art practice
The Potential of Puppetry: Matthew Isaac Cohen and Dorothy Max Prior introduce responses to the Scottish Arts Council’s review

Training and Professional Development
: Penny Francis reports on the Polish Festival of Schools of Puppetry 2006

Preview: The London International Mime Festival 2007
in words and pictures, by Dorothy Max Prior

Company Profile: Doo Cot by Penny Francis

From the Frontline: Note To Self – Quit Suffering!
or, my first puppetry directing job and what I learned from it.  Amy Rose shares some strategies for flourishing in British puppet theatre

Reviews: Buxton Puppet Festival, Avenue Q and more…

News and Noticeboard: Updates from puppeteers and puppet-theatre companies; news from other arts organisations; training and professional development; publications and media