Use or Not To Use
by Janet Lee and Nigel Luck
Process, Product by Adam Bennet
Training and Professional Development: >Puppets,
Actors and Children’s Theatre by Matthew
in Britain! by Beccy Smith
World Theatre by Penny Francis
the Frontline: >Home
From the Land of Ice & Snow by Dik Downey
of Pickled Image
London International Mime Festival, FeEast at Riverside and
and Noticeboard: Updates from puppeteers and
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training and professional development, including Puppetry
in Progress; publications and media.
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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
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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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
always, your feedback is very welcome. Deadline for the next
edition is 11 May 2007. We look forward to hearing your news,
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