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Welcome to Animations Online. We’re glad to be back – bigger and better than ever!

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 on recent puppet-theatre events, 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.

In this e-dition of Animations, we have a focus on UK festivals, looking at the many specialist puppetry festivals throughout the country in 2005, and also reflecting on how puppetry is faring within more general theatre festivals. So in our festivals round-up feature Puppets Puppets Everywhere, you’ll find a look at Bath, Skipton and other specialist festivals, but also a rear-view appraisal of puppetry and object theatre at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2005, and a preview of the London International Mime Festival 2006.

In our reviews section, you’ll find an eclectic mix of puppetry and visual theatre shows chewed over by our growing team of reviewers, and in this e-dition’s company profile, you can find out more about Oily Cart. 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.

We hope you enjoy the re-launched Animations Online – as always, your feedback is very welcome!
We look forward to hearing your news, views and suggestions for future content.
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Animations Online editorial team:
Dorothy Max Prior – editor
Beccy Smith – project manager/ PCT director
Penny Francis – contribution editor/ PCT board representative

Design/webmaster: Gabz Digital Media

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.


Focus on Festivals:
•Puppets Puppets Everywhere
2005 UK puppetry festivals round-up by Penny Francis
•Total Puppetry
Dorothy Max Prior on how puppetry fared at the Fringe Festival 2005
•Moving into Mime
shows featuring puppetry and object animation at the London International Mime Festival 2006

Company Profile: Oily Cart

Blind Summit in Madam Butterfly at ENO, Peter Ketturkat’s Theatre of Objects at Skipton, Green Ginger’s Rust, Faulty Optic new show Horsehead, DNA’s Baba Yaga, Movingstage, Akhe and many more!

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