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News Special: Edinburgh Fringe 2010

Penny Francis
Puppets and Words
Raven Kaliana
Bali Moon
Dorothy Max Prior
A Happy Accident Emma Leishman
Look, See, Do Cariad Astles
From the Frontline:
Toast Done!

Isobel Smith

New Reviewers – Competition Winner

Dorothy Max Prior

John Ellingsworth
News Editor/Subeditor

Editorial group:
Penny Francis Contributing Editor/ PCT Board Representative
Matthew Isaac Cohen Contributing Editor
Linda Lewis
PCT Director
Emma Leishman
PCT Administrator
Beccy Smith
Darren East

Gabriel Foster Prior

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Animations is a quarterly online magazine run by the Puppet Centre Trust. It is a voice for contemporary puppetry and related arts, offering discussion and debate, reviews, and news from the puppet community and elsewhere – an essential read for anyone interested in puppetry in all its diverse manifestations. Animations Online aims to represent the full spectrum of professional practice, from traditional puppetry to experimental visual theatre using puppetry or animation.

This summer edition includes a number of Features on recent festivals and events – A Happy Accident reports from BAC’s Accidental Festival, and Look, See, Do reflects on the Central School’s Student Puppetry Festival. From a little further afield comes Bali Moon, part one of a two-part article on mask and puppetry in Bali. There’s also Puppets and Words: An Unholy Matrimony, a report on a recent masterclass led by Steve Tiplady on text and puppetry, which sits comfortably with Dramaturgy: the written text, the performance text, and the puppeteer by Penny Francis – an enticing preview of her soon-to-be-published book.

From the Frontline brings us the confessions of Green Ginger ‘Toastie’ Isobel Smith, who reflects on the impact on her own professional development of the acclaimed Toast in the Machine programme for emerging puppeteers.

Our Reviews section includes many and various shows and venues – from Inkfish and the Fabulous Flutterbys at The Little Angel in London to Wolfe Bowart and Garlic Theatre at Brighton Festival to The Addam’s Family on Broadway. We also bring you the result of our New Reviewers Competition.

The News section is the place to read the latest from puppeteers and puppet-theatre companies, venues and festivals, and also to catch up on training opportunities and events. This edition includes a news special on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2010

In the PCT Director’s Letter you can learn about recent Puppet Centre activity and future plans.

Should there be anything you’ve missed in previous editions, please take a look at our Archive, which has a user-friendly Search facility.

As always, your feedback is very welcome. We look forward to hearing your news, views and suggestions for future content.

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Deadline for AO31 Autumn edition is 1 September 2010.


Main image: Theatre of Widdershins, appearing at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2010 with Arabian Nights

Centre photo strip, left to right: Gravyboat Puppets Pinkle’s Puppet Circus; Fingers Theatre from Tbilisi; Pants on Fire; Ni Wayan Nondri, Bali’s acclaimed female dalang.

Below right: dreamthinkspeak’s Before I Sleep at Brighton Festival

Bottom: CSSD International Student Puppet Festival: The Boy From Centreville, directed Catherine Alexander. Photo Patrick Baldwin






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