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Big Ideas
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Dorothy Max Prior

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Darren East

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Welcome to Animations! 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.

In this issue's features Chris Gilvan-Cartwright meets Paul Barritt, animator with the company 1927, to talk about lo-fi technology, the critically acclaimed The Animals and Children Took to the Streets, and finding the best black in Mapping the Territory; Jeremy Bidgood interviews Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones, artistic directors of South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company in The Kohler and Jones Show; and, in a special report, Dorothy Max Prior documents presentations, workshops, sessions and talks from the Big Ideas conference, an event dedicated to large-scale animation in street arts and carnival.

As always our Reviews section is a catalogue of puppetry from the last three months, with, this issue, coverage of ENO/Complicite's A Dog's Heart, National Theatre/Handspring's Or You Could Kiss Me, 1927's The Animals and Children Took to the Streets, and many others.

In our News section you can find updates from companies and puppeteers and news of upcoming events and festivals, while our London International Mime Festival preview takes a good look at the animation arm of London's finest visual theatre festival.

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.

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Main image: 1927, The Animals and Children Took to the Streets

Image strip, left to right: ENO with Complicite, A Dog's Heart; Big Ideas conference; Handspring Puppet Company with National Theatre, Or You Could Kiss Me; Akhe Engineering Theatre, Gobo. Digital Glossary; Lyngo, Snow Play.



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