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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. 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.

In this edition, we bring you a mix of features, reviews, and news that reflects our commitment to puppetry of all sorts.

In another of our series of articles on the history of puppetry practice, Penny Francis reflects on the Modernists in A New Age for Puppets.

Fay Tsitou takes a look at puppetry in museums in Breaking out of the Box.

You will also find an important article from Beccy Smith, Placing Puppetry at the Heart of our Adventures, on the current position and future hopes of The Puppet Centre Trust.

There is also an Obituary of the dearly departed Glen Alexander.

Our Profile is of Complicite, as Eleanor Margolies takes us down the Street of Animation.

The Reviews section brings reports of recently seen performance and exhibition work, including the Welsh Opera/ Green Ginger collaboration Queen of Spades; Improbable’s Panic; and the Insect Circus Travelling Museum.

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.

Should there be anything you’ve missed in previous editions, please take a look at our Archive, which has a user-friendly Search facility.


As always, your feedback is very welcome. Deadline for the autumn 2009 issue is 14 September.
We look forward to hearing your news, views and suggestions for future content.

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Top image: The Insect Circus Museum

Bottom image: Complicite The Chairs. Photo Stephen Vaughan




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