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will be performing their latest show Fold Your Own for Howden Live at the Shire Hall on 3 November (performances at 16.30, 19.00, 21.00), as well as at the Drill Hall on 28 and 29 October. Fold Your Own is an intimate interactive performance event where two cultures clash and islands collide. Research in Japan for Fold Your Own was funded by the Sasakawa Foundation.
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will tour a new version of The Man Who Discovered That Women Lay Eggs September - November 2006. Using a unique blend of puppetry, masks, and live action, the show tells the incredible story of how man finally unravelled the myth of his own origins in 1827. A witty examination of the scientific and cultural history of reproduction that proves that scientific fact is often much stranger than fiction. E-mail or see


After a very successful run at the Little Angel Theatre, Garlic are touring their interactive production of  The Three Billy Goats Gruff to schools and theatres throughout the autumn. The company’s new show, The Magnificent Flying Machine, will also be touring from May 2007. The production will be directed by Steve Tiplady and has been part-funded by a Grant of £5,000 from Awards for All.  In February 2007 Garlic have been invited to perform two of their best known shows, The Flea Circus and Fiddlesticks, at the Copenhagen Puppet Festival. E-mail or see  


is being funded by The Arts Council England to research and develop his new show The Matchstick Girl By Hans Christian Andersen. Gavin has included local children from East London through NAADV, (Newham Action Against Domestic Violence), to join him in the process of discovering the story by Hans Christian Andersen. Gavin will now return to his workshop/rehearsal space to start to gather together his findings, start building objects/puppets and create scenes from the story ready for rehearsals in 2007. He will be working with Norwegian director/mime artist Knut Østrådal and dancer Irene Hardy in developing the work. The show will open in spring 2007. E-mail or see


Funding from Arts Council England South West has enabled Jacolly Puppet Theatre to develop their newest production, Elf Tales, which aims to empower young children to make informed decisions about bullying.  After progressing through trial performances with schools in Plymouth and Devon during the summer, this interactive play/workshop is now ready. Designed for children ages 5-8, Elf Tales is a mix of story-telling, puppet theatre and group discussion.  Acting on the children’s advice, the elves in the play learn to change their attitudes towards each other to steer their story towards a happy ending. Email: or see


To celebrate the centenary of the birth of John Wright, the Little Angel’s founder, the theatre will be reviving his favourite show, The Little Mermaid. A traditional  marionette production, its beautiful string puppets are hand carved and operated  by leading puppeteers Lyndie and Sarah Wright, Ronnie Le Drew and  Roger Lade, who were last seen at The Little Angel in Angelo. The theatre will also be showing Splish Splash!, a new  production designed specifically for children  between the ages of 2 and 5, throughout October and November; and The Lost Moon (see Lost and Found Theatre’s posting) throughout October. E-mail or see


Join Lucas the travelling lamp salesman in his quest to rescue the Lost Moon and save his village from the Bogles and other Dark Things lurking in the Bog - Lands. Lost & Found Theatre are a newly formed company based in Winchester, Hampshire. It's founder, Mandy Travis, has previously worked with The Little Angel Theatre Company and has appeared many times on television and in theatre. The Lost Moon is Lost & Found's first major production, a show for adults and older children based on a Lincolnshire folktale. Directed by Nino Namitcheishvili. Shows at the Little Angel Theatre throughout October. E-mail or see  


The first Conference of UK Puppet Festivals was held 10 – 11 March 2006, and the 27-page report is now available for download. The report summarises knowledge shared by experienced puppet festival organisers at the event, as well as mapping and profiling the existing festivals and demonstrating their significance for artform development within the puppetry sector. It looks at issues of networking, marketing, and audience development, and includes a large number of links to funding advice and other related information, to provide a useful resource for other potential festivals. See:


Natural Theatre Company's boffins have produced a new street prop in the form of a life-size radio controlled panda. This very convincing creature, christened Gordon, rides a child's tricycle whilst interacting with a crowd - rolling his eyes, gobbling bamboo and even talking back when required! Operated by a hidden technician, Gordon is accompanied by characters such as a cycling proficiency officer. This is the first time the company has used a complex animatronics figure as part of their street theatre. Visit the Naturals website to see him in action


Following a successful summer tour, their new show Coraline, adapted from Neil Gaiman’s novel, opens in Dublin late October. It will then tour Bray, Thurles and Navan. Suitable for older children (10yrs+) and adults, the show has been devised over two years, with music by sound sculptor Slavek Kvi, and table-top puppets and props made in collaboration with painter Fiona Dowling. creating a dark dream-world of vibrant characters and images.  This autumn Púca also begins explorative work with dancers, musicians and physical performers thanks to a bursary from the Arts Council of Ireland. For further information or c/o production companies on


Puppet State Theatre Company returned to the refurbished Netherbow Theatre for the Edinburgh Fringe with their new production The Man Who Planted Trees. Word spread quickly, the last ten days sold out and the company had to put on extra performances. Roger Cox wrote a very complimentary review in the Scotsman ("It is very, very rare to find something that appeals as effortlessly to children and adults as this magical show") and gave the show 5 stars, as did all 14 people who posted reviews on the Fringe website. Available to tour and appearing at Polka January 2007. See


The centre offers CPD courses, Introduction to Puppet Arts (Parts I & II), Using Puppets in the Classroom, and Puppet Theatre as a Tool in Therapy, on 12 October & 26 October, 9 November, and 23 November, respectively. It will also be housing the touring exhibition The Magic of Masks and Puppetry 18 November – 22 December, including a puppet making workshop, and Talking Heads’ show Little Christmas Eve on 14 & 15 December. There is a full autumn/winter children & family programme, which can be seen on the SMPD website. E-mail or see  


Following the success of their Punch and Judy performances in the parks around the London borough of Lewisham, Objects Dart are now touring a version which is suitable for small and medium sized venues. More details are available on the website. The show, featuring all the traditional Punch and Judy ins and outs, also has some new twists and turns. Starring beautiful puppets carved and completed by Miraiker Battey, the performance is witty and fast-paced. E-mail


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