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Full Beam Visual Theatre
Full Beam Visual Theatre present Alice: Let us transport you to a fantastical world where you will be amazed by metamorphic caterpillars, astonished by performing mice and entranced by the belle of the ball - she's a real heartbreaker - in an enchanted world of puppetry, mime and music. Bristol-based Full Beam Visual Theatre creates the Wonderland Cabaret where Alice falls through her seat and is lost backstage. 11th May// Bristol Old Vic Studio,
King Street, Bristol
Tickets £5, box office 0117 987 7877
29th May
Salisbury Playhouse,
Malthouse Lane, Salisbury
Tickets £7/£3.50 children, box office 01722 320333
For full details see our website

Puppetry at BITE - Burkett returns to the Barbican
Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes
Following two BITE shows this Spring from the acclaimed Tbilisi, Barbican continues its presentation of the best of world puppetry as Ronnie Burkett, acclaimed puppet provocateur, returns to the Barbican with his latest creation, Provenance. Inside a Viennese brothel an intriguing evening unfolds as an entourage of intricate marionettes explore our obsessions, fantasies and addiction to beauty. See the review in this issue of Animations Online! See also PCT training news for details of the masterclass. Provenance is in the Barbican Pit from until 15 May.
See] for more details and ticket prices

Little Angel Theatre

Steve Tiplady’s first productions as Artistic Director of the Little Angel have resulted in two excellently received shows. Jabberwocky has inspirational designs and wacky puppets by Peter O’Rourke and won great reviews in the Guardian and Stage (and in this e-dition of Animations!). Stuff and Nonsense, for the very young, is designed by Michael Fowkes and got top prize for a children’s production from Metro.
Coming soon to Little Angel:
Handa's Surprise
15th May - 4th July
Book Tickets on 020 7226 1787
Adapted from the book by Eileen Browne
Devised by the Company
Directed by Marleen Vermeulen
Designed by Sophia Lovell Smith
Travel to Kenya and follow in Handa's footsteps as she journeys to see her best friend, Akeyo, in the next village. Handa is taking 7 delicious fruits as a surprise - but 7 different animals have 7 very different ideas. Could you resist the sweet-smelling guava? How about a ripe red mango or a tangy purple passion-fruit? Colourful puppets, movement and song are combined in this brand new show performed in and amongst the audience in an intimate yet vibrant setting on the Little Angel stage.
Come and share in the magical tangerine surprise!
15th May - 4th July
Sat and Sun at 11am, 12 noon and 2pm
HALF TERM WEEK Weds 2nd, Thurs 3rd, Fri 4th June at 11am, 12 noon and 2pm
Playing to Learn-Learning to Play
HALF TERM WEEK Weds 2nd, Thurs 3rd, Fri 4th June at 2pm// See Handa's Surprise and then take part in an interactive workshop designed to enable parents and their children to play together around the themes of the show.
£20.00 (1adult+1child includes show)
Suitable for children between the ages of 2 - 5 yrs old.
Sat 15th @ 2.30pm Eileen Browne will be signing copies of both Handa's Surprise and the Sequel Handa's Hen.
Adults £7.50 Children/Concs £5.00
BOOK TICKETS ON 020 7226 1787
Little Angel Theatre
14 Dagmar Passage
London N1 2DN


London School of Puppetry
A show for adults at the Little Angel Theatre.
15-18 June 2004
A show for adults - Adults? Does that mean smut? It might or might not! But expect some complexity in ideas and concepts and certainly enjoyment, everything from whale lice to breakfast, from drunken disorderliness to scared-to-go-outness, from crucifixions to handmaids, from riots to restraint. Puppets, objects, mannequins, cut-outs, dolls. The programme includes, traditional Indonesian shadow puppets, Japanese paper-cut theatre, live-art performance, marionettes and rod puppetry - puppetry to move and delight you. Ballerina-Ball-Passing is part of the Festival of Works, an exciting initiative bringing together new works and new artists nationally and internationally to present three programmes for all ages. As well as performances for early years, The Tree of Horribleness and TellingTales for children aged 7+, the festival includes a masterclass for puppeteers and a seminar on the use of puppetry in education. A cast of puppeteers has assembled to include Theatrum Elasticum from Denmark, Yuki Muramatsu from Japan, Vagabondi from Wales, Suzy Kemp, Caroline Astell-Burt and Ronnie Le Drew and others.
The Little Angel Theatre, 14 Dagmar Passage, London N1 2DM.
Box Office - 020 7226 1787 Tickets per head: £7.50. Concessions £5.00

In Hyung In Performing Arts Company

Exploration, Discovery, Creation...Presented recently at the Latchmere Theatre, Battersea, Migrant Overtures is the result of continued research by Seong Kyun Yoo into contemporary Object Theatre. Contact: or see

National Theatre

Dynamic New Animation, Adam Bennett and Rachel Riggs, have been invited to play at the National Theatre this summer, as part of the summer outdoor programme Watch This Space, programmed by Jonathan Holloway. They will present their strange, sinister, funny and inventive Skin Deep Circus — about the comic and tragic aspects of the Victorian Freak Show — in a tent.
The National’s phenomenally successful production of His Dark Materials is already taking bookings for next winter’s run which begins in November. Yvonne Stone, the puppeteer who graduated from the Central School of Speech and Drama BA course only the year before last, has been a success as puppet specialist on the shows, making and repairing some of the figures, and coaching the actors in their handling of the puppets. She has been invited to return to the company in August for the second run.

Save Pollocks!

This unique London toy shop, a national treasure that specialises in the display, performance and sale of the internationally sought-after cardboard cut-out toy (or paper) theatres (and lots of other toys too), is in danger of closure if it cannot raise the price of the freehold - £250,000. Its lease has run out. To join the protest against the closure, please click on or see for more information Money and expressions of regret for the closure are needed and welcomed.
Please send cheques, made payable to SAVE POLLOCK'S CAMPAIGN, Pollock’s Toy Museum, 1 Scala Street, London WC1T 2HL as soon as you read this!

Training and CPD

The Ronnie Burkett Masterclass

This is a reminder that the unique Masterclass to be run by Ronnie Burkett especially for puppetry producers will take place on Thursday May 13th from 2.30 pm at The Pit in the Barbican Arts Centre. The event will include Ronnie Burkett talking about his approach to his plays, usually for marionettes but this time, in Provenance (running from 28th April to May 15th), using other kinds of figures too. He will welcome three groups onto the stage to discuss their coming or recently-produced work, who will bring some visual evidence of the productions. The representatives of the three groups are Steve Tiplady of Indefinite Articles and the Little Angel Theatre, Nick Barnes and Mark Down of Blind Summit, and Rachael and Maria of Mishimou. Tickets for the afternoon cost £10 and £7 and are bookable through the Barbican box office: 0845 120 7515 – but get in there – it’s booking up fast.

Workshop at Buxton Puppet Festival, 25-31 July 2004

Japanese puppet master Nori Sawa will be holding a four day Bunraku puppet making workshop from Monday July 26 - Thursday July 30. The venue will probably be Buxton Community School (tbc). This is not a beginners workshop, some making skills are required. Fee £120 (£100 to members of UK ppuppetry organisations and concessions ). 17 places only. Apply to Peter Charlton by e mail or phone 020 8997 8236 or write 65 Kingsley Avenue, West Ealing, London W13 OEH.

Seminar for Teachers on Puppetry and Early Years at Little Angel

4.30-6.00 17th June, led by Caroline Astell-Burt author of I am the Story - the Art of Puppetry in Education and Therapy. Guest appearance Ronnie Le Drew with Zippy from Rainbow (many thanks to Freemantlemedia). This short seminar will facilitate an exploration of play and learning through puppets to achieve language,social, physical and moral development in the young child. Contact Seminar cost : £5.00

Adult Puppetry Workshop: 10am-4pm 18th June

Led by Ken Haines and John Fields. A masterclass in making, devising and performing by and for adults. Book through Little Angel Box Office - 020 7226 1787. For further details contact Workshop price £20. Concession £15.00

London School Of Puppetry

Train to be a puppeteer! See our website for info: We offer a flexible accessible training at all levels of entry. Short Courses and the Professional Puppeteer’s Diploma (accredited by Middlesex University. How many places does the new 8-month Post Graduate Course have? Three! - so apply now before July 10th 2004

Little Angel Theatre Puppetry Classes

Separate evening courses throughout the summer in: general puppet making with Lyndie Wright, puppet manipulation with Ronnie Le Drew, marionette with Jonathan Broughton and puppet carving with Jan Zalud. Will also be running the Little Devil, a puppet club for grown-ups. For details on all courses call Steve on 020 7359 8581 ext 3.


International Puppetbuskersfestival - Student Volunteers Wanted

International Puppetbuskersfestival , a puppet and figure theatre festival organized by the Europees Figurenteatercentrum, is still looking for foreign students (in puppetry) who would be able to help with the organization of the festival which runs from 17th till 25th July 2004. This means helping with all kinds of tasks (building up and taking down the stages, washing dishes, helping in preparing the meals, assisting the companies) In return, the festival offers lodgings and meals for the period 12th to 28th July and of course the opportunity to assist at the performances and to discuss with the performing artists. The companies this year will be: Mamulengo Fantochito (Br), Danny & Dessi (BG), Fundus Marionetten Dresden (D), Hille Puppille (D), Figurentheater Anne-Kathrin Klatt (D), Bululu (F), Cie Pinoc'h (F), Graall (F), La Sorci?re aux Dents Vertes (F), Th??tre du Polichinelle Parisien (F), Th??tre des 4 Vents - Th??tre Blabla (F), Marieettonio (F), Henrik Kem?ny (H), Laura Kibel (I), Gianluca Di Matteo (I), Warner & Co (NL), Remarcable Foundation (NL), Nomad Theater (NL), Meneer Winterberg (NL), Theater van de Droom (NL), Wim Kerkhove & Feike Boschma (NL), Poppenkast van de Dam (NL), Teater Fusentast (N), Peter Ketturkat (A), Petrushka Teater (RUS), Teatro Carnevalo (SK), El Retablo (E), Prof. Robanti (U.K.), Dynamic New Animation (U.K.) and Pickled Image (U.K.) Candidates can send their application to International Puppetbuskersfestival, Trommelstraat 1, 9000 Gent, Belgium. Tel. +32 9 223 12 15, fax +32 9 225 45 45,

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