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An Unmissable Occasion
Penny Francis

Skipton Puppet Festival 2011

How 2 Tweet
Isobel Smith
The Handspring Experience
Isobel Smith

AO35 Reviews

Dorothy Max Prior

John Ellingsworth
News Editor/Subeditor

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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. 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.

In the Features for this edition, we've got Penny Francis sketch of four days at one of the grand events in the puppetry calendar,  Charleville World Festival, in An Unmissable Occasion, plus two Puppet Centre workshop reports from Isobel Smith: How 2 Tweet, which distils the wisdom of a one-day seminar on the topic of social media PR; and The Handspring Experience, which recounts in-depth a fascinating workshop with members of Handpspring Puppet Company. 

The News section of this issue is occupied by a preview of Suspense London Puppetry Festival, a huge ten-day event, dedicated to adult puppetry, that takes place at venues across the capital.

In our Reviews section we've got a report on Handspring's Woyzeck on the Highveld that reflects on the pitfalls of theatrical revivals; a fulsome tagteam round-up of Skipton Puppet Festival 2011 by Bob Frith and Alison Duddle; plus coverage of DNA's The Frog Prince, Little Cauliflower's Street Dreams, and a pop-rock Shakespeare adaptation, The Tempest Puppet Music Show.  

In the PCT Director’s Letter you can learn about recent Puppet Centre activity and future plans – a busy schedule coming up.

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