Dear Puppet Centre subscribers, 

We've packed this newsletter full of lots of exciting puppetry news and the very latest opportunities for you from across the UK. Look out for the puppeteer call-outs from Theatre-Rites and The Curious School of Puppetry, as well as our list of the festivals to look out for over the next few months. 

News: the Puppetry Development Consortium 
The Puppetry Development Consortium has published a document reporting on its year's activity and its plans for the future.  The PDC membership wants to work together to deliver a strategic three-year plan developing many areas, including a national vision for Puppetry, diversity within the art form and access to training. For the latest summary from the PDC, including all of the key points and action plans click here

The Puppetry Development Consortium will continue to share information as plans take shape and members will always welcome any comments or suggestions individually and as a group. If you would like to contact the group with your ideas then email Joy, the chair of members, for PDC at

Summer Festivals 2016  
After the sporadic rays of British sun over the last two weeks we thought we would inspire your summer season by listing some of the puppetry festivals during the warmer months of 2016 far and wide. Here are some of the ones we're looking forward to, and if we've missed one off please let us know and we'll include it in the next newsletter. 

28th May - 5th June - World Puppet Festival (Manila, Philippines) 
17th - 19th June - Nashville International Puppet Festival (Nashville, USA) 
30th June - 6th July - 65th Puppet Chrudim (Prague, Czech Republic)
14th - 17th July - Horse and Bamboo Puppet Festival (Rossendale, Lancashire UK)
15th - 17th July - Beverley Puppet Festival (Beverley, Yorkshire UK)
4th - 7th August - MiMa International Festival of Puppet Art (Mirepoix, France)

In the news:
Did you see the Telegraph's article In Praise of Puppets? Scott Tracy writes, 'At heart, human beings do not seek virtual reality but a kind of story-telling in which their imaginations do the work of making it all seem true.' Click here to read the whole article.

Allelu Kurten (written by Penny Francis)
Alice 'Allelu' Beal Kurten (1930-2016) died peacefully on May 21st. You have only to look at the scores of tributes on the internet to know that she was a familiar and beloved friend to the whole puppetry community of the United States, and, because of her work for UNIMA, internationally too. She encouraged young puppeteers, promoted the arts of puppetry everywhere she went and was an important influence on organisations such as the Jim Henson Foundation and of course UNIMA itself. Alongside her goodness and generosity of spirit she occasionally revealed a wicked wit and an unbending sense of justice and fair play. She enjoyed performing, writing her own puppet comedies and delighting friends rather than a paying public. During her last years she bore severe illness with extraordinary courage, and a determination not to have her life and her travels - at least in the States - curtailed by her physical difficulties. Allelu's legacy includes the 'Allelu Garden', a community garden growing fruit, flowers and food for local people in need. It is in Hyde Park, N.Y., where Allelu and John Kurten had their lovely home for many years. Another legacy is her message of 'Love and Light', her signature blessing bestowed on all her friends. She will be mightily missed.

Theatre-Rites are recruiting 

Theatre-rites are looking for a lead puppeteer and a live musician/performer for the Christmas production and 2017 tour of Beasty Baby. If you're interested click here to find out more. 

Want to be a Curious student? 

This brilliant ten week intensive course is looking for new students. So if you're looking for a hands on way of learning the art of puppetry click here to apply or for more information see their website.

Puppetry & Writers Evening at The Little Angel 

Rachel Warr (Dotted Line Theatre) is presenting a Puppetry & Writer's evening on June 13th. It is an evening of discussion and practical work for puppetry practitioners, writers and dramaturgs. The evening will look at writing and developing work using puppets and features our very own Mervyn Millar as a guest speaker. To book your tickets and for further information click here

Also The Little Angel are recruiting... 

The Little Angel Theatre have got several job opportunities at the moment listed on their website, ranging from box office assistants to participation officers. Click here to see more information and apply before the deadlines. 
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