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by Natalie Querol


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by Dorothy Max Prior
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by Gilbert Taylor and Darren East of Unpacked
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Dorothy Max Prior
Natalie Querol
PCT director
Penny Francis contributing editor/ PCT board representative
Beccy Smith
contributing editor
Matthew Isaac Cohen
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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 theatre forms, offering discussion and debate, reviews, and news from the puppet community and elsewhere. It’s 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.

Traditional crafts and heritage are high on the agenda in this edition of Animations. In our Features section you’ll find a special focus on toy theatre, with an article by Horatio Blood on this honourable tradition, and a companion piece by Dorothy Max Prior on an interesting use of toy theatre within contemporary performance. Penny Francis wishes the Puppet Barge a happy Silver Jubilee, and Beccy Smith looks at the Little Angel Theatre’s Heritage Project in the context of recent work by Burkett and Genty.
Also in this edition: PCT creative manager Natalie Querol steps into the breech with Funding Cuts – a survivor’s guide.

Our Company Profile is of Faulty Optic, whose new work Dead Wedding was commissioned by Manchester International Festival 2007.
From the Frontline is a joint effort by Gilbert Taylor and Darren East of Unpacked on how puppetry always informs their process of theatre making.
In our Reviews section, there’s outdoor puppetry at X.trax in Manchester, Improbable’s collaboration with ENO, Ronnie Burkett’s 10 Days on Earth, and reviews a-plenty from Brighton Festival and Fringe.
The News and Noticeboard section is the place to read about the current and future plans of puppeteers and puppet-theatre companies, and to catch up on other news, events and opportunities.

We also have details of how to order our new print publication Animated Encounters: a review of puppetry and related arts, the first in the annual series of Animations in Print.

As always, your feedback is very welcome. Deadline for the autumn edition is 17 August 2007. We look forward to hearing your news, views and suggestions for future content. Please send press releases, news items and suggestions for editorial content to:


Top right: Faulty Optic Dead Wedding
Centre left column: Toy Theatres by Pollocks
Bottom right column:
Image 1 Faulty Optic in rehearsal
Image 2: Unpacked Funeral Games
Image 3: Paka at Streets of Brighton
Bottom: Cover image of Animated Encounters – Rust by Green Ginger


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