Dear Puppet Centre subscribers!
After a what seems like a slower season, Animations Online
is back on its feet and beginning to pick up pace again. In January we're pleased to be reviewing puppetry based shows - KITE
and Wunderkammer (completely sold out)-
as part of the London International Mime Festival
which is on right now. We're also holding a host of interviews this month, not only with The Wrong Crowd and Frank Soehnle (of the shows above), but also collaborating companies Theatre-Rites & 20 Stories
, as well as Certain Dark Things
who are definitely ones to watch out for this year.
We would like you to get involved with Animations Online too - your thoughts and comments are valuable to us and are vital to keep the puppetry world networking. Drop us an email if you would like to write something, whether it's a provocation from a show you've seen or a question you'd like to pose to other puppeeters and companies. If you want it shared, we can do it!
Good old fashioned networking: Puppet Gathering in February
Join us at 6pm on Wednesday 3rd February for the next informal Puppet Gathering at The Barbican (check our social media nearer the time as we finalise the details). This is just a chance to get out of the workshop/office and do some off-line networking, or just catch up face-to-face with the puppetry news. If you've not already got tickets somewhere, (Wunderkammer is sold out but) there is still some availability for KITE at The Soho Theatre
Tons of puppetry Coverage:
Over the past couple of weeks there has been some brilliant coverage for puppetry and there's some great opportunities coming up as well!
- Sue Buckmaster was interviewed on Radio 4 about The Broke'n'Beat Collective. Listen to it here.
- Penny Francis is hosting the Post show discussion after Frank Soehnle's show on the 3rd Feb - if you're in the audience tweet about the session with us using the hashtag #PFQ&A
- In December, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe released magic onto the city of Birmingham with puppets designed by Jo Lakin and directed by our chair, Mervyn Millar. The Stage said, 'Much of the theatrical magic of this world is created by the wonderful puppetry'. To read the whole review: click here.
- A Younger Theatre also ran a feature about Nick Barnes (of Mr. Popper's Penguins) '...Barnes sounds positive about the future of puppetry as an art-form in the UK, commenting that current festivals such as Suspense at The Little Angel are “wonderful places where people can meet and be immersed in puppetry."' And Nick, we wholeheartedly agree! To read the whole article written by Rachel Kevern: click here.
If you spotted anything we missed, let us know!
Watch this space for the latest Puppetry Development Consortium update:
Chaired by Joy Haynes, the Puppetry Development Consortium is an independent think-tank for puppetry in the UK. It was identified to offer an open and transparent process of discussion about puppetry, with different topics to address each time. Check out the previous blogs
for conversations about training, touring, networking and youth theatre. The latest summary of the January meeting will be posted here and on our social media shortly.