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NEWS AND NOTICEBOARD

AUTUMN 2008

News from Puppeteers and Companies
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HORSE + BAMBOO

At Rossendale venue the Boo this season kicked off with Indefinite Articles presenting their shadow play The Magic Lamp, the story of a blessed and beautiful boy who, through serendipity alone, ends up with a lamp-dwelling genie at his disposal. Coming up next: 20 Stories High perform Babul and the Blue Bear, a fresh, anarchic and unique piece of theatre, bringing the worlds of hip-hop, mask, puppetry and street art together (3 October, 7.30pm, ages 13+); and Thingumajig Theatre show A November Day (see separate listing; 29 November, 7.30pm, ages 10+). In other news, Horse + Bamboo have just published a beautiful 80-page full colour book to celebrate their 30th year and most ambitious touring show to date - Veil. See www.horseandbamboo.org or call 01706 242945.

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DNA

Dynamic New Animation (DNA) is currently touring Singapore and Kuala Lumpur with Atishoo!, an innovative visual performance for early years audiences with original music by Indonesian composer Haviel Perdana from Yorkshire-based company Indigo Moon. DNA is also launching a program of creative education training for early years settings called Imaginary Leaps, with a website live at www.imaginaryleaps.com  Alongside touring Ball Pond Bobby, Chicken Licken and Dr Nose Travels Through Time, new for 2009 is Fairy Tales based on the published stories by ex-Python Terry Jones. Full details can be found at www.dynamicnewanimation.co.uk and www.thurtinkle.com

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LOST AND FOUND THEATRE

Mandy Travis (Lost & Found Theatre) just been awarded funding by the Arts Council for a two week R&D period this autumn to continue developing her next show, Orpheus and the Underworld, and to share the skills of puppetry and object theatre with young theatre practitioners and artists in the Winchester area. Rene Baker (ex Norwich Puppet Theatre and Institut del Teatro, Barcelona) is leading the R&D period and directing the resulting show. This will open at the Tower Arts Centre, Winchester on 25 April 2009, followed by a week of shows at the Little Angel Theatre, London and a national tour for which the company are now taking bookings. 

See www.lostandfoundtheatre.co.uk or email administrator Claire Griffin on emailclairegriffin@googlemail.com or call 07859 766181

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SCOTTISH MASK AND PUPPET CENTRE

The autumn/winter SMPC programme this year sees a return of Folding Theatre Puppet Company's prince-and-princess folktale Singing Ringing Tree (27 September), as well as an outing of Clive Andrews' tale of lights, ships, dreams and the power of the imagination, The Lighthouse Keeper (18 October), and a visit from company La Cie du Beau Sauvage to give performances (in French and English) of their show Ben's Canoe, set in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia in 1699. SMPC are also hosting a new touring exhibition that covers the life and work of Ken Barnard, puppeteer, poet, painter and creator of hand carved marionettes (8 & 10-12 November).

See www.scottishmaskandpuppetcentre.co.uk or email info@scottishmaskandpuppetcentre.co.uk

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THINGUMAJIG THEATRE

Thingumajig Theatre will be touring their new puppet play A November Day 12 October - 1 December. To mark the 90th anniversary of the ending of the First World War, Thingumajig Theatre in association with Imperial War Museum North, tells the story of one survivor's memories of the conflict and his unexpected encounter with a stray dog who knew no boundaries. With evocative puppet characters and live music, A November Day presents a timeless fable on war and the miracle of friendship when all else seems lost. Touring to Glasgow, Manchester, London, Bath, Brighton and more. See www.thingumajig.info  
 

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OBJECTS DART

After a superb sold-out run of Salt at Out the Box in Cape Town, Objects Dart are currently touring to Cape Schools inspiring children and teachers! Back in the UK from late September to develop and create the new show Tom Tit Tot, which is a Suffolk folk tale, Objects Dart will then be touring the UK over the Christmas season. There are also plans afoot to apply for funding for the continuation of the project We Tell Our Stories with the Things to Hand, which includes workshops, performances and the development of a long-term collaboration between the UK and South Africa with Objects Dart and artist Mary-Ann Orr. See www.objectsdart.info or call 020 8653 2766. 
 

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THE WRIGHT STUFF

The Wright Stuff continued their successful relationship with Billy Elliot the Musical this summer by remaking once again the cast of seventeen puppets for the hit show. Now after three and a half years in the West End and breaking box office records in Australia, its time for Broadway. Steve Wright was in New York weeks before opening night delivering puppetry workshops to the cast. 'We've supplied a mixture of Bunraku figures, glove puppets and a giant Maggie Thatcher,' he said, 'and it was an honour and a massive buzz to be out there working again with Director Stephen Daldry. Puppets continue to get me into places other artforms just can't reach!'.

See www.getyourheadroundit.co.uk & www.thewrightstuff.co.uk or email mail@thewrightstuff.co.uk or call 01484 866944.

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BLIND SUMMIT THEATRE

Blind Summit's incredibly successful collaboration with director Anthony Minghella, Madama Butterfly, is revived at the Met Opera on 24 October; and in another collaboration the company will later be joining forces with maverick theatre-maker Mick Gordon and neurologist Paul Brooks for On Emotion, a show using the tools of theatre, an artform which creates and manipulates feelings, to explore the complicated and crucial arena of human emotion - at Soho Theatre, 5 November - 20 December. Lastly there is a chance again to see Blind Summit's puppet cabaret Low Life at BAC 6-7 November before it tours to China in November as part of the British Council Showcase. See www.blindsummit.com or email info@blindsummit.com or call 020 7272 9020. 
 

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HAND TO MOUTH

Hand to Mouth have just returned from a highly successful and enjoyable tour performing in the northernmost part of Jutland (Denmark). The company did eight performances as part of the Go Global world music festival, which was designed to bring interesting sounds and sights to the sparse population. Acts came from USA, Senegal, Mali, Morroco, Russia, Italy,  Chile and Mexico. Hand to Mouth's musical/visual show Piggery Jokery has very little language and always works well for international gigs, and Su's hurdy-gurdy playing in the context of a music festival was very much appreciated. The company are now back in the UK and touring shows to venues in Ludlow, Lewisham, West Lulworth and other places throughout October and November. For more details see their new website www.handtomouth.co.uk or their myspace www.myspace.com/handtomouththeatre or call 02380 555392

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UNICORN THEATRE’S NEW SEASON

The venue’s autumn/winter season starts with the UK Premiere of Perô is an exquisite production from the Dutch company Speeltheater, which, in the best European theatre tradition, combines quirky puppetry, actors and live operatic music to tell this story of love and friendship. The season culminates in an exciting new production by Oily Cart.

How Long Is A Piece Of String? runs from 6 Dec 2008 – 4 Jan 2009 and is an interactive production for the very young, combining stunning visuals and original, live music to explore the wonders of string.

Following a trail of string into the performance area, the audience is led into a series of Macramé chambers – some cosy, some awe-inspiring – where ropes and pulleys take actors and objects in and out of sight as you journey through the mysterious maze to find the secret at the heart of it.

For full listings and fee-free online bookings, see www.unicorntheatre.com

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Training, Courses, Workshops
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NORWICH PUPPET CENTRE

NPC are holding a Performance & Shadow Workshop (minimum age 16) on 4 October, 10.30am - 4pm, costing £30. This workshop offers the opportunity to develop animation of shadow through physical theatre principles and to explore the role of the puppeteer. The workshop is led by a professional director/physical theatre performer. The participants will learn imaginative and challenging ways of playing with movement, shadow and character and will receive feedback on their work during the day. The course is open to everyone interested in puppetry and physical theatre, as well as professionals and students in acting, dance and puppet theatre.

See www.puppettheatre.co.uk or email info@puppettheatre.co.uk

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NO STRINGS ATTACHED AT THE NATIONAL

The National Theatre Platform event No Strings Attached was a practical demonstration by leading puppeteers, chaired by Penny Francis, which took place on 26 September at the Olivier Theatre. Participants included Phelim McDermott (Improbable), David Cauchi (Avenue Q), and Nick Barnes, Finn Caldwell and Ben Thompson from Blind Summit.

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CITY LIT’S INTRODUCTION TO PUPPETRY

An Introduction to Puppetry course will be held at The City Lit, (Keeley Street, London WC2B 4BA) on Sundays 9–30 November 2008, 10.30-16.30. For the second year running, tutor Zannie Fraser will be teaching this general introductory course to puppetry. Learn to make puppets and bring them to life by analysing and recreating puppet movements. This course will cover a range of manipulation and construction techniques, looking at glove, rod, marionettes and shadow puppet. This course will run again in February 09 and there will be a follow-on course in June 09. For details on enrolment call: 020 7831 7831 or see www.citylit.ac.uk

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FORKBEARD FANTASY

In 2008-9 Forkbeard Fantasy will be running a series of one, two and three-day courses based at their studios in the heart of rural Devon. The courses will provide access to inspiring techniques, expertise and the vast array of facilities available at Forkbeard's creative base. This year's courses include: Film Interaction for Stage, Screen & Gallery; The Arts of Animating; Animated Props & Basic Automata; Creative Sound for Stage, Screen & Gallery; Digital Editing Using Final Cut Pro HD; Lighting For Film And Video; Advanced Compositing (Using Shake). For dates and details of all FF Short Courses and next year's Summer Schools go to www.forkbeardfantasy.co.uk or email: ff@forkbeardfantasy.co.uk or call 0117 930 9933. 
 

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SCOTTISH MASK AND PUPPET CENTRE

As usual, the centre are running a number of puppet-making workshops, including two seasonal ones this year: Halloween (25 October) and Christmas (13 December). See www.scottishmaskandpuppetcentre.co.uk or email info@scottishmaskandpuppetcentre.co.uk

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CRAFTY KIDS

Workshop leaders take note: Crafty Kids make wonderfully original puppet kits for kids! All are designed by BMPTG member and TV puppet-maker and puppeteer Sally Preisig. Each kit comes in a recyclable cardboard spotted tub, complete with full ingredients, instructions, brush, glue and multiple colours of paint. The puppets have special tags to thread them all together. All the kits are aimed at the school-aged child (4+). Kits available in bulk to trade buyers too as well as specially made half kits for teachers, party planners & workshop leaders - contact Sally for details; or you if you just want one, look online for stockists www.craftykids.co.uk or email info@craftykids.co.uk  

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