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The Crazy Kitchen Crew - Peter Ketturkat Object Theatre

A rare UK appearance by internationally renowned German puppeteer Peter Ketturkat, who has enthralled audiences all over the world. The Crazy Kitchen Crew welcomes the audience to a crazy world where corkscrews, strange mechanical brooms, a potato masher and soup spoons take on a life of their own. A weird and wonderful parade of everyday household items are transformed into fantastical yet very believable creatures who decide, with hilarious results, to take on people who are bigger and stronger than they are! This delightful and gentle show has no words, so is easily understood by everyone over four years old. It is underscored by live sound effects - whistles, a mouth organ and kazoo. This tour marks the 25th anniversary of a production which was described by Animations as 'a jewel of a show' and is hailed as an evergreen classic. For this tour, Peter Ketturkat is joined by Emily Teppum who recently graduated from the Central School of Speech and Drama. She performed with theatre-rites last year in Finders Keepers. Tour dates include: Lyric Hammersmith Nov 6;Norwich Puppet Theatre Nov 13; Trinity Theatre Tunbridge Wells Nov 14, Polka Theatre
Wimbledon Nov 20; Komedia Brighton Nov 21; Half Moon London 27; Harrow Arts Centre 28;Arts Depot North Finchley Dec 5.

This summer, Dynamic New Animation were invited to represent the UK at the World Festival of Puppet Art in Prague as well as the International Puppet Buskers festival in Gent with Chicken Licken.
Skin Deep Circus appeared The Garden of Delights in Manchester, at the Croydon Clocktower and at the National Theatre's Watch This Space season to great success. Genie in a Bottle, their 2004 youth issue project devised by young people in Manchester about genetics and nanotechnology, was streamed live on the internet on May 14th, and can still be watched at any time in the archive section of Let's Go Global at
DNA are re-touring Atishoo! nationally this Autumn; October-November dates include the Cambridge Drama Centre, Lowry Salford and Croydon Warehouse. New for 2005 will be Baba Yaga Boney Legs, an exciting adventure story for children between 5 and 11 years old and their families using visual theatre, mask, puppetry, dynamic physical performance, specially composed music and stunning animated set design.
See for full details.

Theatre-rites - In One Ear
In this energetic new show for 3-6 year olds, which is a co-production with the Lyric Hammersmith, everyone wants to make themselves heard! Things are not what they seem to be. Nothing will keep quiet! Mischievous musicians and a playful puppeteer conduct an ever-changing world. Instruments become puppets. People become instruments. Everything takes on a life and sound of its own…Young audiences will be delighted by this magical, musical exploration of how, from an early age, we discover sound. In One Ear follows the success of The Lost and Moated Land, Sleep Tight and Catch Your Breath. The award winning theatre-rites is renowned for its stunning visual transformations. Created by director Sue Buckmaster in collaboration with composer
Evelyn Ficarra and visual artist Sophia Clist. Tour dates are: Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham 28–31 October; West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds 3, 4 & 6 November; Artsdepot North Finchley
13–14 November, Pegasus Theatre Oxford18–20 November, Lyric Hammersmith 30 November – 1 January 2005. See for full details.
t: 020 8946 2236 (& minicom)

Forkbeard Fantasy - Shooting Shakespeare
This year Forkbeard Fantasy celebrates 30 years of delighting audiences around the world with their eye-boggling comic shows, multiple film projections, grotesque characters, hilarious puppetry and wild mechanical sets. Shooting Shakespeare is Forkbeard's anniversary show; a murder mystery comedy set in the pioneering days of Early Cinema. The year is 1904. The fledgling movie moguls, desperate to elevate the tone of their upstart artform, enlist the help of the mighty theatrical impresarios to shoot the first-ever silent Tempest. But Shakespeare without words? It's like a bird without wings! The Cinema Kid has hit town all guns firing. Could this truly sound the death-knell of The Old Queen Theatre? In the flickering light of the vast pedal-powered projectors we set sail onto an ocean of uncontrollable egos, murderous intrigue and cut-throat rivalry. Reputations are shipwrecked as a scrambled magic world is unleashed on the island of celluloid dreams. Shooting Shakespeare was originally commissioned by The Bath Shakespeare Festival 2004 and inspired by the 'Silent Shakespeare' films of the bfi Film & TV Archive. For further information go to:

Spelk Puppet Theatre
Puppeteer Alison McGowan has formed Spelk Puppet Theatre based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Her new show, Crumbs!, for children aged 3-7, is set in a mouses's kitchen and uses rod puppets and shadows to tell the story of a missing cake. It was devised with Natasha Holmes of Tell Tale Hearts and debuted at Grimsby's Puppet Festival. Alex Finnegan provides original live music on the mandolin and Autoharp. The show is designed with an accompanying workshop, to explore how we come together to mark occasions and create our own celebrations. Any enquiries to Alison on 0191 2220077.

Iaggi Boddari - The Story Bundle
Moby Duck's new show for young people and their families is a unique collaboration between UK writer Peter Wynne Willson - Visiting Professor in Children's Theatre at the University of the Arts in Seoul - with artists from South Korea. Iaggi Boddari explores the riches of Korea. Storytelling, live music and delicate, haunting puppets swirl together in the captivating mixture that has become the company's trade mark. The show tells the story of a young girl who, when her parents die and leave her alone on a desert island, refuses to accept her lot, and sets off to find them. On her journey, she helps snakes turn into golden dragons, unlikely lovers to find each other and a lotus to blossom attract butterflies. The show has a truly international flavour. Yang Hye Jung has come specially from Seoul to choreograph the puppets; Lizzy Hughes tells the story; and the music is composed and played by Mira Yugai, from the Korean community in Kazakhstan. A tour list can be found at See also reviews in this e-dition of Animations Online.

Objets D'art - One Small Step
One Small Step, Objects Dart's exciting new puppet and object theatre piece about the stories of the first living creatures sent into space is a fascinating, fun and enlightening show all about the space race, suitable for 5-11 year olds. The performance begins in a lecture theatre where a professor has come to give a lecture. Every element of the story (rockets, radars, presidents, planets and planes) is created using the objects around the professor. This relates to the stories of the early rocket scientists in both America and Russia who often had to use bits and bobs to create their rockets (including scrap wire, cocktail shakers and old exhaust pipes!) It also relates to the way children play with objects. The objects become something other than what they are. One Small Step is a text-based riot of table-top puppetry and object theatre, using found objects and hand-crafted puppets, all mixed together with a lively dash of Russian folksong. Directed by Louise Warren and Steve Tiplady, One Small Step will launch on the 26th January 2005 at the Little Angel Theatre, and will be touring schools in your area from February onwards. The show relates to three key areas of the national schools curriculum for the 5-11 age group (technology, science and geography) and also explores a fascinating era in history, where the stories are stranger than fiction-but absolutely true! For enquiries, or to book the show, you can contact us on 020 8653 2766, or at You can also visit our website at for further details.

Jacolly Puppet Theatre
2005 will be the seventh year that schoolchildren have been invited by Dorset County Council to meet visitors from outer space. Jacolly Puppet Theatre's sci-fi show Astra and the Waste Monster has already been seen by nearly 34,000 children in Dorset and the County is 100% funding further performances for the new generation of junior schoolchildren. These will take place in venues throughout the area during the first 3 months of 2005. Originally commissioned by Devon County Council, this puppet show, which is closely linked to the National Curriculum, encourages children to think about and put into practice energy conservation.

Teatro Guillare
Italian company Teatro Guillare are soliciting venues for their new work. Their shows have been performed at the most important Italian festivals and in numerous international European tours (Germany, Spain, France, Hungary, Switzerland, Czech Republic) and further on (Guatemala, Ethiopia, Argentina, Uruguay, Belarus, Pakistan, Iran, Israel). Repertoire includes: Endgame by Samuel Beckett with actors, puppets and objects - adult audience - available in Italian, English, French version. A game of chess between actors-players who move the chessmen and chessmen-characters which move one of the most significant and enigmatic plots of the 20th century. The representation is a symphony of moves and countermoves, blows and answers, pauses, reflections, renunciations. Serenades is a triumph of Commedia dell'Arte - an international performance without words made up of sounds, music, virtuosities, jokes and a unique style of improvisation that creates a special feeling with the audience. For more information about the company and other puppet and object performances see

Venues and Festivals

Norwich Puppet Theatre
NPT began a tour of Pinocchio which will be touring throughout Christmas at venues all over the country, including the Visions International Festival in Brighton. This highly unusual production draws on images from western and eastern art. We see Pinocchio with the face of a Noh mask and a Gepetto as a tiny shadow in a paper boat upset by a shadow shark.- Ages 5+. NPT have already toured to the Dublin Festival showing at the Lambert Theatre. They are also are touring to schools in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Northamptonshire. For further information of our tour and future programming and other events at the theatre see Visiting companies for the autumn/winter season include: Banyan Theatre Company with Cinderella Ashputtel; Garlic Theatre with Sorcerer's Apprentice; Theatre Insomnia with Little Red Riding Hood - and other stories from the Giant Book; Lempen Puppet Theatre Company with Puppets in the Wild; Peter Ketturkat Object Theatre with The Crazy Kitchen Crew; Professor Jingles presents Punch & Judy. Norwich Puppet Theatre will also be presenting their Jack and the Beanstalk. For the performances programme September 2004-January 2005 see Email Tel Box Office 01603 629921 Administration 01603 615564

The Puppet Theatre Barge - Xmas 2004
Two marionette spectacles for Xmas 2004 & New Year 2005: Red Riding Hood And The Wolf Who Tried To Eat Her is a play for the Xmas season which tells the story with poetic beauty and humour and has a new twist to the tale. Presented with marionettes and shadows, original music, lighting and effects, this is an enchanting show for all the family. The play was specially commissioned by the company and is based on the popular fairy story. (For four years and over) Dates: December 4/5, 11/12, then daily 15 to 23 & 27 to 31 at 3pm. January 1/2, 8/9, 15/16, 22/23 at 3pm. See the website at: Office and info: Movingstage Marionette Co Email: Tel: 020 7249 6876

The Little Angel Theatre
From 16 -27 November, Improbable present The Animo Project. Newspapers become swans, bristle bare brushes become creatures from the swamp and actors are constructed before your very eyes. A fascinating and hugely entertaining insight into a theatre process that engages the imagination of the audience like no other. Drama, comedy, pathos, music, singing, dancing, mask making, puppetry, spectacle; anything can happen in Animo and anyone might appear, but whatever else it is Animo is a space to experience improvisation as alchemy; transforming the everyday into the sublime.
Sat 20th and 27th at 5pm Family Matinees 16th - 27th of November at 8pm Unsuitable for children under the age of 14 Post show discussion Mon 22nd Nov
From 13 Nov -23 Jan: The Mouse Queen Celebrate the festive season with this brand new musical, inspired by the Aesop's Fables The Town Mouse and The Country Mouse? and The Lion and the Mouse. The Little Angel's Artistic Director Steve Tiplady directs a large cast of musicians, actors, puppeteers, animals and shadows on a modern day quest to discover the true nature of nature.
From 4th Dec - 23 Jan, Pipsqueak! is a new production for children aged between 2 and 5 years old. Share in the musical spectacular of The Mouse Queen? with this special adaptation of the show designed for a younger age range. Story, song and puppetry intermingle to make the perfect cheesy Christmas treat. Suitable for 2 - 5 year olds

Training, Workshops and Professional Development

Norwich Puppet Theatre
Environmental Interpretation with Puppets – Talk and Workshop
Wednesday 24 November 2004
The Octagon Studio, Norwich Puppet Theatre
As one of this year’s Beacon Councils for Promoting Sustainable Tourism, the Broads Authority is organising events to share experience and good practice. For over ten years, the Broads Authority has commissioned Nutmeg Puppet Company to write and perform puppet shows interpreting a topical theme in the Broads in an enjoyable and thought-provoking way. This workshop will look at what makes this partnership work and how environmental issues can be addressed through puppetry. Aimed at local government Events and Arts Officers, anyone who is interested in interpretation work with puppets is also welcome. The workshop will be led by Meg Amsden, Director of Nutmeg Puppet Company, and Broads Authority Events Officers. To book a place, contact:
Alice Richardson, Beacon Coordinator
Broads Authority
18 Colegate
tel 01603 756071
Delegate rate £50
Places must be booked by 17 November

Malian Puppet Masquerade
In collaboration with the Centre of African Studies at SOAS, Friends of Mali-UK ( presents: Wild Animals, Heroic Men and Beautiful Women: Malian Puppet masquerade. A talk by Mary Jo Arnoldi, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC. Monday November 8th, 6.30pm. Khalili Lecture Theatre, School of Oriental and African Studies, Malet Street, London WC1 (Russell Square tube). Free Entry. There will be a reception following the talk The Segou region in south central Mali is home to a lively tradition of puppet masquerade, the SogobÚ. Organized by local village youth associations, the performances are defined by the community as entertainment and play. Puppet masquerade is timely and is open to invention and change. Masquerade troupes not only draw upon the theatre's long history, but actively pursue the creation of new characters that can respond to contemporary issues. The fictional world of puppet masquerade is thoroughly connected with the everyday world from which it draws inspiration for its content. It is in this intersection between fiction and ordinary life that people query morality and interpret the universal themes played out through these masquerades. Mary Jo Arnoldi is the Curator for African Ethnology at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. She has been studying Malian puppet masquerade since 1978 and has published a book and articles on this important performance tradition.


DNA seek Administrative Director
DNA is currently undergoing organisational redevelopment and is seeking an Administrative Director to lead the company through organisational change. Contact Rachel Riggs / Adam Bennett Dynamic New Animation Unit 13, The Watermark Ribbleton Lane Preston PR1 5EZ 07968 494094 / 07976 946003

Sound Designer seeks Visionary Puppeteers
Roger Douek, sound designer, is looking to produce sounds for a puppet show this Christmas. he is on the third year of a degree course studying sound design & theatre practice at the Central School of Speech & Drama and has been involved in sourcing sounds and operating on Measure for Measure and Rape upon Rape, and has designed sounds for Troilus & Cressida, Crave, Psychosis 4.48, Yassa Zheleznova, and a devised play called Love is Disgusting, I'll take the Yo-Yo (dir. Janette Smith). All this has been staged at the school's Embassy studio and theatre. Recently he has designed the sounds for Proving Mr Jennings at the Courtyard Theatre and '58' for the Yellow Earth Theatre. E-mail address is Tel. 020 8446 5825

News from Other Organisations

UNIMA and Puppet Notebook
You are invited to Galvanic Animation, a cabaret afternoon to celebrate the launch of Puppet Notebook magazine and the British UNIMA website The cabaret features the best and weirdest new puppetry for adults with: The Society of Wonders, Suzy Kemp's Brenda and The Lice Show Sunday 21st November 2.30 - 4.30pm at The Shunt Vaults, Stainer Street, SE1 (off Tooley Street, near the London Dungeon). Bar; refreshments; crocodiles. Dress: decadent or debonair but most definitely against the cold RSVP to Diana Bayliss on Issue one of Puppet Notebook includes: British and international news: art in education in Reggio Emilia by Sally Brown, UNIMA news, and Jan Svankmajer's 70th birthday and his new film. Special features on shadow puppets: Amoros and Augustin, Ripstop Theatre, a Greek reinvention of Plato's Cave and the Chat Noir cabaret. Interviews on Hungarian puppetry with Andras Lenert of Mikropodium and Eszter Papp of the Hungarian Puppet Collection. Quiddity: on umbrellas in performance. Reviews. International diary: festivals, exhibitions and museums. For subscription details contact Diana Bayliss on

Puppets Online Anniversary
Monday 20th October 2003 saw the launch of the PuppeteersUK website. The first year has proved it to be an excellent networking and promotional tool for UK puppetry. We know that managements have used it to obtain information about puppeteers and that puppeteers have received work as a result. There are 175 entries in the online directory ≠ and counting, as more puppeteers appreciate the value on offer, and join the online community in order to receive a share of the benefits. Basic entries on the site are free. In November 2004 PuppeteersUK are issuing the first PUK Yearbook, which for the most part replicates some of the online information to provide a handy printed reference, particularly for those without internet access. It is available free to everyone on the site and copies will be distributed to agencies and selected managements. All communications to Ray DaSilva, Hon Secretary, email Tel: 01869 245793

Puppet Planet
Puppet Planet at 787 Wandsworth Rd, SW8 is a magical place filled with puppets from past and present. You will find century-old Balinese shadow puppets (Wayang Kulit), vintage carved and felt hand puppets from former East Germany, alongside contemporary pop-up and finger puppets. Punch and Judy rub shoulders with characters from Thunderbirds, classic Pelham, Hazelle, traditional African and Indian marionettes. The puppet theme is found on hankies and jewellery, cards and stationery. There's something for everyone including toys suitable for babies. Children can put on a play in the corner theatre so there's time to browse. A wide range of products are in stock or available to order including free standing and door hanging theatres. In Puppet Planet you will find gifts for pocket money or investment which are educational and fun! There are books about puppets and books which are puppets! Regular storytelling and finger-puppet making sessions with children's author Mary Dickinson and popular puppet-making parties are both available by booking on 020 7627 0111.

Team America
In Team America, an international police force dedicated to maintaining global stability learns that a power-hungry dictator is brokering weapons of mass destruction to terrorists. The heroes embark on a harrowing mission to save the world. Produced by Paramount pictures, written and directed by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, of South Park notoriety and with an entirely marionette cast, modelled to Thunderbirds style. The production is designed by Jim Dultz, famous for his work on the Muppets and other Henson productions with marionettes designed by Norma Tempia. With 35 puppeteers, Team America looks set to throw marionettes back in pop culture here and in the States. Released in the US October 15th. Released January 14th UK. Visit the website to take a look at the gallery of tantalisingly Thunderbird-esque images at

Education, Community and Outreach

Norwich Puppet Theatre
Adult's Glove Puppet with Legs Making Workshop A basic glove lining will be provided and under the guidance of Denise Hargrave you will have the change to design and construct the rest of the puppet - including the costume! This is a 2-hour session, with all materials provided and expert tuition to make a puppet to take home with you. No previous experience required, just bring some ideas and don't be worried about getting gluey and messy! For ages: 14+. Dates & Times: Wednesday 03/11/2004 18:30 Call theatre for further details of this and other community workshops on 01603 629921 or email Tel: Box Office 01603 629921 Administration 01603 615564 Fax 01603 617578 See

The Little Angel
Saturday Puppet Club

SPC members see The Mouse Queen? before undertaking a 10-week challenge to create and develop their own puppets and performances. The term culminates in a grand finale for friends and family on the Little Angel stage. Children Only. Saturday Mornings, 15th Jan to 26th March. £65 (£55 concs.) Suitable for children aged 5 and over. Fun Days - Top quality play-time for all the family! The day starts with a performance of The Mouse Queen? and a chance to meet the puppets up close. In the afternoon our experienced workshop leaders will guide you to make your own puppets and tell your own story. Family Day ( Adults Essential) Sun 12th December and 9th January. Suitable for children aged 4 and over 10.45am - 4.30pm £30 (£25 concs)

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