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The Little Angel Theatre: a new artistic Director
The Little Angel Theatre of London is pleased to announce the appointment of Steve Tiplady
, freelance puppeteer, also director and producer of the company Indefinite Articles as the theatre's new Artistic Director. Since its foundation, in 1961, by John and Lyndie Wright, the Little Angel Theatre has always been in the forefront of innovation in puppetry. Steve's appointment will ensure that this tradition of experimentation will continue. Steve learnt his puppetry skills on the road with Faulty Optic and Sue Buckmaster; he has performed all over the world with Improbable Theatre, theatre-rites and his own company Indefinite Articles.
Founded in 1995 with Sally Brown, Indefinite Articles won the Time Out Live Award for most innovative off-West End show for Dust, a version of The Odyssey told with overhead projectors, objects and sand. Their version of Pinocchio has toured extensively nationally and abroad. Most recently, Steve directed the hugely popular Jonah and the Whale for the Little Angel that was Time Out Critics' Choice throughout its run. He is currently in Cake by the Jade Theatre Company, wherein he and Rebekah Wilde show object manipulation at its most sublime. Steve recently directed a musical, tried out at the Little Angel, which should have a bright future in this and other venues. See for the gig list.
The Little Angel has pioneered puppetry as serious theatre for children and adults for the last 40 years. The theatre has a reputation for concentrating on classic stories with strong texts and an emphasis on music. With a seating capacity of 100, they are one of the few (and one of the oldest) purpose-built children's theatres in the country and one of only three specialist puppet theatres in England, the other two being Norwich Puppet Theatre and Movingstage Marionette Theatre on the Puppet Theatre Barge. For more information contact Charlotte Bond on 00 44 (0)20 7359 8581,

BAC has a new Director
Tom Morris is leaving the tiller of BAC because Nicholas Hytner at the National Theatre has tempted him away to be Associate Director, and who can possibly blame him? Tom has been an extraordinary force in the support and encouragement of new theatre and theatre practitioners, has given them spaces and showings to develop their work, audiences to give them feedback, without much in the way of restriction or formula, just searching for people with an original vision of theatre. His touch has been light but his direction clear-headed and he leaves with the affection and respect of everyone in the building. He has extended his support to the Puppet Centre and has independently welcomed very many companies using puppetry into the arts centre's programming. We who are linked with BAC can be comforted by the choice of Tom's successor who has been working in BAC both as assistant to Tom and then as an independent creative producer of such companies as Ralf Ralf and Ridiculusmus. His name is David Jubb, and we can be sure Tom Morris leaves BAC in good hands. David is an innovator who is bound to continue the advance of this unique place. He'll be the keeper of the buzz. We were delighted to see the great representation for puppetry and animated theatre in BAC's Octoberfest, with appearances by Ding Foundation, Faulty Optic, Doo-Cot, Indefinite Articles and Blind Summit amongst others... For more on the venue and its programme for 2004, see

Puppeteers UK. Com is born
On October 20th the Puppet Barge hosted the launch of the ACE-funded website
which hopes to be a comprehensive directory of all British puppeteers and their support organisations and services. About forty people including David Micklem, theatre officer of Arts Council England, heard speeches and saw a demo of the new site -which should soon be an invaluable search tool for people wanting to engage or contact puppeteers and companies. The intention is to include What's On information, news and lots of links to other websites. Congratulations to PUK for producing what should be an invaluable resource that will, we hope, result in a higher profile and extra work opportunities for the professionals. There is a sliding scale of charges for entries, from a simple free name and address to a page which has pictures and a link to your own website. The subscribers themselves can update the entries. Have a look and if you are a puppeteer, get yourself a page as soon as you can. There is a facility for getting answers to questions you may have, but the procedures are pretty straightforward. The site is at

Green Ginger Wins Another Prize

On its return from a hugely successful tour to Croatia and Slovenia
, Green Ginger received news of being awarded the Milan Cecuk Grand Prix for Best Overall Performance at the 36th International Puppet Festival (PIF) in Zagreb. The company performed its comic-book spoof, Frank Einstein, to packed houses in both countries during a tour made possible with generous support from Wales Arts International and the British Council. Company co-director Chris Pirie said "The touring team was delighted to have had such an enthusiastic response from audiences during the two-week tour and Green Ginger felt honoured to scoop up another award following last year's major prize, also in the Best Performance category at the World Festival of Puppet Arts in Prague." The show returned to mainland Europe in its French language version for three performances at the World Puppet Festival in Charleville-Mezieres, France, September 2003, then continued to tour in the UK for the remainder of 2003. For further info contact Chris Pirie on or tel 07977 465850

Finders Keepers Exhibition
Embark on a journey round an enchanted world whose strange inhabitants find and keep things
: things curious, things shiny and things that other people throw away... Finders Keepers, created by theatre-rites and Unicorn Theatre has been transformed from a show into an interactive exhibition for the under 12s, running from November 2003 to May 2004 at The Livesey Museum for Children. The exhibition is funded by Arts Council England, London through the Regional Arts Lottery Programme. For further information about the exhibition contact the Livesey: t: 020 7639 5604. e:

British Animations Awards 2004 -new venue announced

The British animation industry's most eagerly anticipated event, British Animation Awards, is expanding and moving to a new, bigger venue. This year's event, which takes place on the 19th March 2004, marks BAA's 5th birthday, and to celebrate its success and growth in both stature and profile, will relocate to a new central London showcase, The Shaw Theatre, Bloomsbury. Previously it has taken place at the National Film Theatre on London's South Bank. The awards, which celebrate the best British animation talent, will feature five new categories- Best TV/Film Graphics, Best Music, Best Use of Sound, Best Comedy and a new Writer's Award, bringing the total number of awards categories to 19 covering a wide range of British animation production, from mainstream entertainment to the experimental cutting edge, from student films to commercials and pop videos. Jayne Pilling, British Animation Award Director, said: "BAA is delighted at how the event is expanding, BAA 2002 was attended by 500 of the animation industry's key figures along with new young and emerging talent and we anticipate that it's 5th birthday will be itŐs biggest and best yet!" For information please contact


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