Small Step for Andrew Godbold
Dart (previous shows Little Red Riding Hood and Jorinda and
Joringel) are creating a new show due to open in February
2005 at the Little Angel Theatre, the Lyric Hammersmith and
possibly the Science Museum. Currently an application is in
for Arts Council Funding for the production, which is all
about the first living creatures sent into space. The show
will be scripted by Andrew Godbold working in conjunction
with Louise Warren (of Jonah and the Whale fame). Louise will
also be directing, with Steve Tiplady as the puppetry director.The
show, at first called Lost in Space has been renamed One Small
Step. The outcome of the Arts Council Funding proposal should
be known by the 7th of October, and the show will premiere
at the Little Angel Theatre on the 26th of January, running
for ten performances before moving to the Lyric Hammersmith
for two shows on the 5th of February.One Small Step will involve
puppetry and object theatre -- the story starts in a lecture
theatre, where an ageing Russian Professor recreates the first
flight into space by the dog, Laike, and the monkey, Gordo.
It is suitable for 5 to 11 year-olds.
Theatre has landed the perfect sponsor for its new international
touring show, A Strange (& Unexpected) Event! One of the
world’s largest beer companies, Corona Extra, is backing
the production, which is co-written and developed by Horse+Bamboo’s
artistic directors Alison Duddle and Bob Frith and is based
on the life of the outstanding Mexican illustrator and printmaker,
Jose Guadalupe Posada. The production opens in Boston, Lincolnshire
on October 9th and visits London, Liverpool, Bristol, Brighton
(visions 04), Manchester and a host of other towns and cities
before heading off to Holland. See their website at www.horseandbamboo.org
A Strange (& Unexpected) Event! is also scheduled to tour
the UK again for 8 weeks next spring and will finish its European
stint with another long outing to Holland in autumn 2005.
Theatre - The Sorceror's Apprentice
Theatre proudly announces its new show The Sorcerer's Apprentice
which will be touring from October 2004, with support from
Arts Council England (East). The production will be performing
at the Tricycle Theatre in London on Saturday 20th November
before touring nationwide from January 2005. In The Sorcerer’s
Apprentice, Garlic Theatre conjures a bewitching tale full
of mystery and enchantment with its blend of physical theatre,
humour and technical wizardry. Puppets, mime and a touch of
real magic will leave adults and children enthralled…
Garlic is an international award-winning Company whose productions
have delighted family audiences in the UK and around the world
with their delicious mix of wit, humour and inventiveness.
I are a collaboration of three diverse practitioners who fuse
their specialisms of physical theatre, mime, puppetry and
voice experimentation into visually dynamic theatre. Twisted
I's Cain and Abel - a darkly comic tale of foul moods and
sibling feuds is at Jackson's Lane, London - 13 + 14 October
Twisted I are currently seeking collaborators for a Creative
Exchange which will take place in the new year and collaborators
for their next project. If you are interested in either of
these opportunities please send us a C.V.
Twisted I Theatre Company - Michael Addison, Jonathan Dixon
and Nichola Jennings. Tel:01484 359249 Visit us online at
Model - from newly named Idolrich
(formerly Theatre Rotto) is taking off this September with
a new production, THE MODEL, to tour the Sussex coast festivals
and venues followed by a visit to Poland and Russia. The multi-media
performance directed by Christopher Leith and written and
performed by Julia Mclean, has had input from 60s super-model
Jean Shrimpton, and includes a gallery of her David Bailey
photographs along with other film and interview footage. It
was produced first as an installation and has since been developed
into a full-length performance with puppeteer Iestyn Evans.
The Autumn dates see the introduction of the final stage:
DOLLING UP, a shop window street performance.
IDOLRICH will be performing the piece later at the visions
festival in Brighton and the Objectivity festival at MAC in
Birmingham. At the end of September the company is taking
THE MODEL to White Russia, to the puppet festival in Brest,
Belarus, also visiting Gardzienice in Poland as the performance
is visual and ideal for continental audiences. More info and
pix on the website; www.idolrich.co.uk or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
of Speech Moontime- a work in progress
is a performance experiment, a collaboration between the art
forms of dance, puppetry, music, and animation. It is an area
of work that Figure of Speech is familiar with, and in the
past some of the techniques developed have been displayed
in their other shows. But this is the first time that dance
has been incorporated into a Figure of Speech performance
piece. Jim Brown from Dance4life has developed with Jonathan
Hayter a piece of choreography with the unusual brief to dance
with shadow puppets. Last year, for the Bath festival, the
company came up with an idea about the symbolism of the moon
and created a scratch show combining gamelan music, dance
One of the most important elements of the show is the music,
written by Mark Osborne, a composer who lives in Bath. The
group worked closely with him to create an integrated work
which uses video footage too. Apollo 11 dialogue loops are
incorporated into the soundtrack. After last year’s
puppet festival it was performed in much improved format and
with great critical success at the Bath fringe fest. Now Hayter
is hoping to find funding to continue to improve and develop
the work. For further information, contact email@example.com
-The Festival of International Visual Performance
21 October – Saturday 30 October 2004
For further details see www.visions-festival.org.uk
Visions Hotline: 01273 644099
Visions, a ten-day festival of international visual performance,
runs from Thursday 21 – Saturday 30 October 2004. Promoted
by the University of Brighton, visions presents ten days of
visually amazing performances on stages, in studios, streets
and other unusual spaces around Brighton. UK premieres include
performances from companies from Quebec, Italy, Portugal,
Majorca, France and Belgium. It’s the only chance to
catch many of these shows in the UK. Launch-Pad – visions
fringe - provides a platform for companies to show new work.
Before many of the festival’s ticketed performances,
there are free visions starters shows taking place outside
on the streets and in theatre foyers.
Main Programme for visions includes:
Controluce: Canto a Orfeo
Sallis Benney Theatre, University of Brighton, Grand Parade,
8pm Fri 22 & Sat 23 Oct
Marionetas do Porto: Nada ou o Silêncio de Beckett
Komedia, Gardner Street, Brighton
7.45pm Tue 26 & Wed 27 Oct
The Duke of York’s Cinema will screen films inspired
by Samuel Beckett on Sun 31 Oct.
aïe aïe aïe: My Eye
University of Brighton, Grand Parade, Brighton
Various dates - limited to small numbers.
Là Où Théâtre: Habitable
Dance Studio, University of Brighton, Grand Parade, Brighton
3pm & 6pm Fri 22, Sat 23 Oct & Sun 24 Oct
Black Hole Theatre: Caravan
The Nightingale Theatre, Above Grand Central Pub, Surrey Street,
7pm & 9.30pm Fri 29 & Sat 30 Oct
Ding Foundation: Unexploded Bomb
Sallis Benney Theatre, University of Brighton, Grand Parade,
6pm & 8.30pm Sat 30 Oct
Horse + Bamboo Theatre: A Strange (& Unexpected) Event!
Komedia, Gardner Street, Brighton
7.30pm Sat 30 & Sun 31 Oct
Komedia / visions Cabaret
Komedia, Gardner Street, Brighton
9pm (Cabaret bar open 7.30pm for food & drink) Fri 29
A Cel Obert: Adiós NoNino
Sallis Benney Theatre, University of Brighton, Grande Parade,
7.30pm Sun 24 Oct
Tickets: £5 /£4 concs
Stans Café: Be Proud of Me
Gardner Arts Centre, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton
8pm Thu 28 October
in Cross-artform Season at The Royal Opera House
Linbury Studio Theatre @ the Royal Opera House
21-29 September 2004
All tickets £5 - on sale now
Sponsored by the Helen Hamlyn Trust in memory of Paul Hamlyn
Following the success of last year’s Festival of Firsts,
ROH2 returns with FIRSTS, its new streamlined festival of
extraordinary artists and extraordinary events: events that
have been specially chosen for the alternative spaces of the
Royal Opera House.
FIRSTS is an exciting mix of contemporary dance, theatre and
music performed by up-and-coming artists given their first
chance to perform in the West End and available to all with
a single ticket price of £5.
The FIRSTS programme consists of a trio of mixed bills which
juxtapose a selection of different artists and art forms,
offering the audience the chance of sampling a varied menu
of performance in a single evening.
Included as part of the event is Licked - the latest visual
feast from the Yorkshire based FaultyOptic. A one-off collaboration
between singer, musician and puppeteer, Licked is based on
the grisly Victorian cautionary tale The Cat Mother. Since
creating the company in 1987 Liz Walker and Gavin Glover have
combined their experience of working with puppets at the Little
Angel Marionette Theatre with their interest in 3D film animation,
mechanical and scrap sculpture, automata and mime to produce
a bizarre puppet theatre for adults.
Half Moon's New Season
September 2004 to March 2005, Limehouse-based Half Moon opens
its doors once again for a season with a bright and refreshing
array of theatre companies from across the UK, Europe and
Worldwide. The production season, commencing in September
2004 will see over 12 companies lining up to fill young audiences
imaginations with dance, puppetry, masks, mime, clowning,
and even clay sculpture!, providing a rich and vibrant tapestry
of tales from Africa to Korea and from Spain to the Caribbean.
UK companies featured include Kazzum and Little Angel Theatre.
For furtehr information, contact Halfmoon Young People's Theatre
- Telephone: 020 7709 8901 or see [link to] www.halfmoon.org.uk
Arts Centre - mac's Objectivity season: Wednesday 6 October
- Friday 5 November
A packed month of inventive, delightful and surprising theatrical
That's what you'll get during mac's Objectivity season.
All the shows have one thing in common: they tell their
stories in a visually amazing way.
We've chosen a selection of new and longer-established companies
who combine an entertaining mixture of non-verbal drama,
surreal imagery, animated objects and figures and a passion
for theatrical experiment.
The entire season:
Punch and Judy Episode 2: Attack of the Clowns by Ken Campbell
Opera Circus present Arcane
Full Beam Visual Theatre present Alice
Foursight Theatre present Hecuba by Euripides, in a new
translation by John
Trestle Theatre present The Smallest Person
The Seed Carriers written and performed by Stephen Mottram
[sub headline] The Little Angel Theatre
The Little Angel Theatre
14 Dagmar Passage
Box Office Tel 0207 226 1787
RSC at the LITTLE ANGEL!
As the excellent children’s programme continues at
the Little Angel, an adult programme gradually expands,
with some unusually exciting news.
The Royal Shakespeare Company is to play in the theatre,
with an actor reading the text , a musician and marionette,
tabletop, and shadow puppets playing Shakespeare’s
Venus and Adonis, (here subtitled A Masque for Puppets)
from October 14th to November 6th. The distinguished director
is Gregory Doran, with Steve Tiplady directing the puppetry.
The designer is Robert Jones, and the many puppets are made
by Lyndie Wright, John Roberts, Jan Zalud, Simon Auton and
Stefan Fichert – five of the finest puppet makers
in the world! Bookings for this are through the RSC on 0870
the Improbable Theatre Company is also playing their highly
original ANIMO Project or ‘happening’ at the
Little Angel, with some if not all of the leading members
of the partnership of Lee Simpson, Phelim McDermott and
Julian Crouch getting the audience to suggest ways of improvising
a story with objects and materials brought in by the company.
The dates for this are November 16 – 27th.
The first meeting of the Little Devils drew a crowd of puppeteers
who threw various ideas for activities into the ring for
consideration. It was a lively and positive occasion and
one expected to bear plenty of fruit.
Phone 020 7226 1787 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
to find out the next dates
.Autumn season at Little Angel includes:
Adapted from the book by Eileen Browne
Devised by the Company
Directed by Marleen Vermeulen
Designed by Sophia Lovell Smith
The Ugly Duckling
Adapted from the Hans Anderson Tale by Violet Philpot Directed
by Christopher Leith and Lyndie Wright
Designed by Christopher Leith and Lyndie Wright
Various dates and times - call box office number above or
see the website at www.littleangeltheatre.com .
at Norwich Puppet Theatre is hectic with an Autumn season
that brings together a programme of performances and puppet-making
workshops to satisfy all ages. Performances range from Thor-
the giant killer by Cornelius and Jones – presented
as part of the Norwich Viking Month – to Peter Ketturkat’s
Crazy Kitchen Crew. Meanwhile Garlic Theatre will be using
the building to rehearse and present their new production
of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice which opens on October
9th, and Norwich Puppet Theatre’s own Pinocchio travels
to the Dublin Puppet Festival 18th & 19th September,
then tours to venues and schools in the UK, before returning
to Norwich for the Christmas season. Workshop activity includes
the regular children’s sessions; an adult puppet-making
workshop on the evening of 3rd November; the City &
Guilds evening course on Tuesday evenings plus a 12-week
puppetry video project for unemployed youth on Fridays.
And then there is the planning for the 25th anniversary
in 2005!... a busy time for one and all.
For lots more details see www.puppettheatre.co.uk
from Other Organisations
of Hungarian Puppets at the National
Francis was invited to open the recent excellent exhibition
of nineteenth and twentieth century puppets at the National
Theatre. It was part of the nationwide celebration of Hungarian
arts called Magyar Magic which has lasted throughout the
spring and summer. The exhibition was lovingly and intelligently
curated by Eszter Papp, who chose and transported part of
the collection from the Budapest national theatre museum.
It included the work of some puppeteers whose work was of
historical importance in the development of the art form
in Europe. The opening included a performance by the puppeteer
Andras Lenart of Micropodium. The large number of people
present, most of them puppeteers, made the event a notable
one for the National.
[sub headline] PuppetLink and The British Model and Puppet
Theatre Guild in partnership with PuppeteersUk, and Arts
A Funding Day - for anyone in England trying to get some
15th September 2004
Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington Spa
The morning session (11.00 – 1.00) will be a grants
for the arts roadshow
presented by Arts Council, West Midlands.This is a national
scheme and puppeteers from all English regions are welcome.
The afternoon (2.00 – 4.00) will be a more specific
look a funding for puppetry,
following on from the morning session. Officers from the
Arts Council England will take questions and Puppet Companies
in receipt of funding will give their view of the process.
Please note that those attending the afternoon session
will need to have attended the morning as well.
For more details and to book a place, please contact Ray
DaSilva at www.PuppeteersUK.com
Puppet and Mask Centre
Autumn Season of SMPC starts on the 4th September with a
weekly Saturday programme of visiting puppeteers, inhouse
workshops and birthday parties for children and families.
The seminar room and documentation centre is open to researchers
and students Monday-Friday by prior appointment. The Centre
is also collaborating with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra
and Giant Productions on a devised work called 'What's Fishing'
with Merkland School and Campsie View Special School on
the 7th October. Education and outreach activities include
a weekly workshop series in partnership with Carstairs State
Hospital on a Christmas production of 'Cinderella'. The
touring exhibition 'The Magic of Masks and Puppets' is showing
Museum and Art Gallery (31st July-4th September) and will
be shown at Cork
Museum and Art Gallery in January/February 2005. This year's
Christmas pantomime is 'Get Lost Jack Frost' by The Amazing
Mr. Bones (13-17
December). After 10 years of HND Puppet Theatre Arts the
Anniesland College came to an end in June 2004. The Centre
is now concentrating on professional development services
and museum and documentation work. For more details Tel:
0141 339 6185; e.mail:
email@example.com ; or visit our web
UNIMA announces a new periodical
new magazine, 'Puppet Notebook' will be launched in November,
replacing the Bulletin of British Unima. The new publication
will carry news and reviews of British puppetry as well
as offering a window on puppetry in the rest of the world.
The magazine will consider the whole spectrum of live animation
techniques, including shadows, object theatre, children's
theatre and puppetry in 'straight' theatre. As a print magazine
with an international focus, Puppet Notebook should complement
Animations Online, rather than competing with it. It will
be sent free to BrUNIMA members, and will also be available
to the public through puppetry venues.
For the first time, puppeteers, venues and companies are
being invited to advertise forthcoming shows, puppet-related
services or items for sale in the magazine. BrUNIMA members
will benefit from a reduced rate. Please do pass the word
on and support the project of creating a dedicated print
magazine for puppetry. Perhaps your accountant would be
interested in finding more puppeteers as clients? Do you
know a photographer or designer who is starting out and
looking for new business? How about contacting that nice
B&B which is ideally situated for the Bath or Buxton
Puppet festival and suggesting that they place an advert?
Please contact Eleanor Margolies at the address below for
subscriptions or advertising rates: 3 St Giles Road, Camberwell,
London SE5 7RL Telephone: 020 7277 0571
International Puppetbuskers Festival, Ghent, Belgium
festival takes place in July - and the yearly international
Luk Vincent Prize, given by a professional jury, went this
year to: Puppets Etc. of the Netherlands, director François
The production demonstrated the best combination of corporal
skills, manipulation and communication with the public.
The jury nominated two other companies: G.R.A.A.L.L. (France)
for Les Envoyés du Yuoclund, a production with the
most fantastic animal figures, and Pickled Image (U.K.)
for Bernard’s Puppet Bonanza, the most hilarious performance
for all ages.
Members of the jury were: Christian Férauge (Belgium),
Donald Hendrickx (Belgium), Ionut Constantinescu (Rumania),
Eddy Levis (Belgium), Judith Marseille (Netherlands), Freek
Neirynck (Belgium). Further details from: firstname.lastname@example.org
or see www.eftcgent.be
Workshops and Professional Development
Puppet Carving Weeend - 1st - 3rd October 2004
Puppets are now taking bookings. The weekend caters for
all levels, from absolute beginners to those who already
carve but wish to try something different. See below for
If you do not have your own tools I provide them so DO NOT
buy until you have tried mine. If you have your own tools,
bring them but please make sure they are sharp. I can offer
LIME, an excellent carving wood or JELUTONG, a softer, easier
to carve wood. There will be plenty of choice (see website
www.beresfordspuppets.co.uk ) which includes details and
Shepherds Buildings is an isolated Youth Hostel type building
at Burnhill Green, near Telford. It has basic accommodation.
You will need your sleeping bag. Food is excellent. We start
about 5 o'clock Friday evening and finish Sunday afternoon.
We provide entertainment, videos, chat, etc. in the evening.
Cost of the weekend is £120 inclusive. Contact us
on 01902 372850 or email@example.com
I Theatre Company
most auspicious and exciting theatre company in the region'
Practitioners Weekend Workshop - Cost: £40
Dates: 2nd and 3rd October 2004, 10am-5pm
Location: TO BE CONFIRMED - Leeds or Huddersfield.
Twisted I are a collaboration of three diverse practitioners
who fuse their specialisms of physical theatre, mime, puppetry
and voice experimentation into visually dynamic theatre.
Play is at the centre of all aspects of our creative process.
Following a successful regional tour of Cain and Abel, the
weekend workshop will delve into the darkly comic world
of Twisted I. Experimenting with physical performance skills,
non text-based voice and devising techniques.
To book, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact
Nicky Jennings on
01484 359249. More information can be found on www.twistedi.co.uk
Community and Outreach
+ Bamboo has launched a unique and exciting workshop programme
for 14-18 year olds. VISUAL ART, PUPPETRY, MASK WORK and
PERFORMANCE will be used to investigate issues of migration
and discrimination in relation to the experience of the
Holocaust and to life in modern Britain.
Fees: Half Day Workshops: £50; Full Day Workshops:
£100; Study Packs including CD Rom: £40. (Prices
not including VAT)
For further information please contact:
Frances Rogan, Horse and Bamboo
Tel: 01706 220241 Email: email@example.com
Or check out the website: www.horseandbamboo.org
Little Angel Theatre Saturday Puppet Club Help Needed
Little Angel is a wonderful resource also used to inspire
children to make and perform with their own puppets at our
Saturday Morning Puppet Club.
Skilled workshop leaders run the club, but we need some
help! We are a registered charity and run all our participatory
events on a tight budget. We are looking for people who
would be willing to come and help the children make their
puppets and create a show with them. Ideally we are looking
for people who want to further their experience in working
with children or are interested in learning new puppet-making
techniques. Great experience for your C.V! In return for
your time The Little Angel Theatre is willing to supply
written references and can arrange complimentary tickets
at our discretion.
The club runs for 10 weeks, every Saturday morning for children
aged 5-11, starting Saturday 18th September. We are located
just off Upper Street in Islington. If you would like to
volunteer or find out more please contact:
Sarah Schofield on 0207 359 8581 extension 6
Or at firstname.lastname@example.org
It is the policy of The Little Angel Theatre to police check
all volunteers working with children through the Criminal
Records Bureau as part of our child protection policy.