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animations online 21: autumn/winter 2007


> Playing with Snuff Puppets by Nigel Luck
> Bunraku and Tabletop: What’s in a Name?
by Penny Francis
> Puppetry in Progress by Matthew Isaac Cohen
> The World Through Wooden Eyes by John M Blundall
> Pot Heads by Dorothy Max Prior


> Company Profile
Jacolly Puppet Theatre
> From the Frontline Sarah Wright
> Reviews
> Book, Film and Media Reviews
> News & Noticeboard

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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 Contributing Editor
John Ellingsworth Listings Editor

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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.

We’ve had a longer gap than usual between the last posting and this, but return with a bumper edition, which as always reflects the broad church that is puppetry and animation.

In Features you’ll find Nigel Luck, who has been Playing with Snuff Puppets; Penny Francis asking What’s In a Name? as she reflects on bunraku and tabletop; Matthew Isaac Cohen reporting on the Puppetry in Progress series of talks and events; John M Blundall, who takes us on a tour of The World Through Wooden Eyes; and Pot Heads by Dorothy Max Prior– this being a preview of Paso Doble, in which a visual artist and a choreographer battle it out using ten tons of clay, a show which comes to the London International Mime Festival January 2008.

Also at this year’s Mime Festival will be Sarah Wright with her new show Silent Tide, the making of which is documented in this edition’s From the Frontline.

Our Company Profile is of Jacolly Puppet Theatre, who are celebrating 30 years of good work.

In our Reviews section you’ll find puppet horses galore – in Warhorse at the National Theatre, and in Forkbeard’s latest, Invisible Bonfires  – plus shadow cats popping up in various Edinburgh venues, and Basil Twist’s Japanese dragon in New York.

We also, in a new section for Animations Online, bring you reviews of books, film and other media, which in this edition includes a review of the new Paul Zaloom film, Dante’s Inferno.
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 here of how you can apply for a Puppet Centre Trust Bursary 2008. As always, your feedback is very welcome. Deadline for the spring 2008 edition is 1 February 2008.

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: Paso Doble at LIMF 2008
centre: Snuff Puppets
bottom: Jacolly Puppet Theatre

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