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animations online edition 19: spring 2007

features>To Use or Not To Use by Janet Lee and Nigel Luck

>Play, Process, Product by Adam Bennet

Training and Professional Development: >Puppets, Actors and Children’s Theatre by Matthew Isaac Cohen
, Preview: >Burkett in Britain! by Beccy Smith

regulars,Company Profile: >Small World Theatre by Penny Francis
,From the Frontline: >Home From the Land of Ice & Snow by Dik Downey of Pickled Image
,>Reviews London International Mime Festival, FeEast at Riverside and more…
, >News and Noticeboard: Updates from puppeteers and puppet-theatre companies; news from other arts organisations; training and professional development, including Puppetry in Progress; publications and media.

ao 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/listings editor,Design/webmaster
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Welcome to Animations!
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: To Use or Not To Use – Janet Lee and Nigel Luck on puppetry and appropriation; Play, Process, Product – Adam Bennet from DNA reflects on an influential conference appearance by the legendary Robert Lepage.
Puppets, Actors and Children’s Theatre is a Training and Professional Development special in which Matthew Isaac Cohen reflects on two linked puppetry events held in London at Central School of Speech and Drama and The Little Angel Theatre.
There’s also a Preview of Burkett in Britain! – Beccy Smith on the enfant terrible of marionette theatre, Ronnie Burkett, who returns to these shores this spring.

Our Company Profile by Penny Francis is ofthe pride of Wales, Small World Theatre.

From the Frontline brings you puppeteer, maker and co-director of Pickled Image, Dik Downey, who is Home From the Land of Ice & Snow.

In our Reviews section, there’s all sorts for all tastes, including the Phillipe Genty at the London International Mime Festival, doo-cot’s Fold Your Own, the delightful children’s show Shoe Baby, and Independent Opera’s Orlando.

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, events and professional development opportunities – including Puppetry in Progress – a series of illuminating talks delivered by puppetry’s leading lights and brought to you by Royal Holloway, University of London, The Puppet Centre Trust and London Centre for Arts and Cultural Enterprise.

So that’s the Spring 2007 edition of Animations Online for you. The Midsummer edition will be posted up 22 June.

In the meantime, we are pleased to announce the publication in April 2007 of Animated Encounters – a review of puppetry and related arts. This is Volume 1 of our eagerly awaited Animations In Print series, which will be produced annually. With a theme of puppetry in relation to other artforms, it features a selection of newly-commissioned articles and other tempting treats, including: pieces by both John Fox and Ken Campbell; an interview with Anthony Minghella and Carolyn Choa on the making of Madam Butterfly for ENO; a photo strip feature from Forkbeard Fantasy; and a Timeline featuring puppetry and animation highlights from 2006. Available to order now from the Puppet Centre Trust.

As always, your feedback is very welcome. Deadline for the next edition is 11 May 2007. We look forward to hearing your news, views and suggestions for future content. Please send press releases, news items and suggestions for editorial content to:

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