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Edition 33 Spring 2011

A Letter From PCT Director
Linda Lewis

Spring has arrived and with it the time for regeneration and rebirth. For some of us, this year will be extremely tough both financially and creatively.

However, this is not the time to ‘give up’ but to make the utmost of what we have and exploit it to the full.

A creative producer said to me the other day, ‘Puppetry is everywhere!’ It’s in the West End, at the National and the Barbican, at regional and fringe theatres.

There have never been quite so many opportunities for puppeteers to become integrated into the mainstream.

Whilst this is an opportunity, it is also a threat to the development of the puppeteer's skills base. It is important that puppeteers should continue to take advantage of all the continued professional development opportunities that PCT is offering in the practice of their artform and in business skills.

‘Getting a Tour on the Road’, on 21 April 2011 at BAC, is one of the business-related workshops which PCT is presenting for artists. We are working with Mark Makin who has wide experience of booking tours himself and knows the pitfalls and the secrets of success.

This year we will also be working with two festivals: Bristol Puppetry Festival (25 August – 4 September) where we will deliver a skills-based workshop; and Suspense (October) where we will present a lecture by a director working with puppetry.

Take advantage of Puppetry Snax on Saturday 2 July at the Tara Studio in London. If you have a new piece of work to try out, this provides you with a great chance.

The second closing date for our Travel and Training Bursary is 1 September. If you want to go and see something or take a course in a skill or topic which will enrich and develop your practice, you may be fortunate enough to find some cash contribution towards your selected activity.

Our residents for 2011 are just beginning their year-long relationships with selected venues.

  • Pif Paf, who produce large outdoor puppetry, will be based at mac in Birmingham.
  • Corina Bona will be part of the Ferment Programme at Bristol Old Vic Theatre.
  • Kristin Fredricksson will be resident at Farnham Maltings.

They will be sharing their thoughts, ideas and practice amongst themselves and with invited audiences throughout the year.

For more information on any of the above initiatives, look on our website or email

So, lots of opportunities here for puppeteers. We look forward to hearing from you.

Linda Lewis
April 2011




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