AO 36 Editorial
So here we are, at edition 36 of Animations Online. Three dozen e-magazines over the past decade! It is something of a watershed moment, as this will be the last edition of Animations in this format.
Animations Online was founded in 2002 by Penny Francis, Mark Down (of Blind Summit) and myself – with Gabriel Foster Prior of Cut Creative taking over from Mark on the design/web-building work in 2003. And a sterling job he has done over that decade! As editor, I am extremely proud of the 36 editions of the quarterly e-magazine that have been produced, and feel that a good job has been done by all who have contributed, in whatever way.
But it is time for a major change…
Animations Online will, from now on, be fully integrated into the Puppet Centre website rather than operating as a stand-alone quarterly magazine ‘micro-site’. The new-look Puppet Centre website, incorporating Animations Online, will be launched in March 2012. However, our archive will remain intact and accessible here.
So it is time now to say goodbye and an enormous thank you for all the work over the years to the current Animations Online editorial and design team. My thanks then to Gabriel Foster Prior (designer and web-builder), and to departing subeditor John Ellingsworth; to our contributing editors Penny Francis and Matthew Isaac Cohen (who will remain as consultants on the new project); and to Beccy Smith (former PCT director and an enormous support over the years), Darren East, and Emma Leishman.
I will remain as editor for the new AO, developing the revised format in collaboration with Isobel Smith, who has taken on the role of editorial assistant. Louise Alexander, newly appointed administrator for the Puppet Centre, will work with Isobel on Reviews management.
In this last edition, you will find a great deal about the Little Angel Theatre! There are a substantial number of reviews from Suspense London Puppetry Festival (a Little Angel project under the directorship of Peter Glanville) together with numerous reports of workshops and talks that were part of the festival. There is also a short appreciation of Lyndie Wright MBE, who was honoured on New Year’s Day. I make no apology for the overload – this marks the end of an extraordinary year for Little Angel Theatre, celebrating their fiftieth anniversary.
Elsewhere, we preview the London International Mime Festival, longterm allies of AO and back with a programme that as always includes a hefty amount of puppetry. We also feature an edited extract from the new book by Penny Francis, Puppetry: a Reader in Theatre Practice – out now and essential reading!
So we hope you enjoy this edition – and please look out for us in our new clothes, coming to a screen near you in March!
As always, any comments on anything in this edition, or suggestions for future content, are very welcome.
Goodbye for now!
Dorothy Max Prior