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One Small Step for Andrew Godbold
Objects 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.

Horse + Bamboo
Horse+Bamboo 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 or
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.

Garlic Theatre - The Sorceror's Apprentice
Garlic 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.

Twisted I
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. 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 2004
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

The Model - from newly named Idolrich
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; or email:

Figure of Speech Moontime- a work in progress
Moontime 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 and puppetry.
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 see

Venues and Festivals

Visions -The Festival of International Visual Performance
Thursday 21 October – Saturday 30 October 2004
For further details see
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, Brighton
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, Brighton
7pm & 9.30pm Fri 29 & Sat 30 Oct
Ding Foundation: Unexploded Bomb
Sallis Benney Theatre, University of Brighton, Grand Parade, Brighton
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 Oct
A Cel Obert: Adiós NoNino
Sallis Benney Theatre, University of Brighton, Grande Parade, Brighton
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

Puppetry 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
From 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]

MAC objectivity Season
Midlands Arts Centre - mac's Objectivity season: Wednesday 6 October - Friday 5 November
A packed month of inventive, delightful and surprising theatrical events -
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
The Model
Opera Circus present Arcane
My Arm
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
N1 2DN
Box Office Tel 0207 226 1787
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 609 1110.
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 to find out the next dates
.Autumn season at Little Angel includes:

Handa's Surprise
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 .

Norwich Puppet Theatre
Life 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

News from Other Organisations

Exhibition of Hungarian Puppets at the National
Penny 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 Council England
A Funding Day - for anyone in England trying to get some funding...
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

Scottish Puppet and Mask Centre
The 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 popular
touring exhibition 'The Magic of Masks and Puppets' is showing at Salford
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 puppet
Christmas pantomime is 'Get Lost Jack Frost' by The Amazing Mr. Bones (13-17
December). After 10 years of HND Puppet Theatre Arts the partnership with
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: ; or visit our web site: .

British UNIMA announces a new periodical
A 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
The 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 Blanc.
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: or see

Training, Workshops and Professional Development

Residential Puppet Carving Weeend - 1st - 3rd October 2004
Beresford’s 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 accommodation details.
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 ) which includes details and pictures.
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

Twisted I Theatre Company
'the 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: or contact Nicky Jennings on
01484 359249. More information can be found on

Education, Community and Outreach

Horse + Bamboo
Horse + 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:
Or check out the website:

The Little Angel Theatre Saturday Puppet Club Help Needed
The 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
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.

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