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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 Kevernclick 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. 

With the rest of the world, The Puppet Centre Trust has of course been in mourning for the sad loss of David Bowie. 

Here are two of our favourite videos of him and his love and fascination with all things puppetry: as a humanette on SNL in 1979, and of course with the genius that is Jim Henson in Magic Dance

If you're a fan, you will already know that he Odeon Cinemas are hosting a charitable screening of Labrynth with all proceeds going to Cancer Research UK click here to book tickets.

Blind Summit vacancy:

Fantastic opportunity for a producer: Blind Summit are looking for a full-time assistant producer, and they say it will suit an emerging producer or an Arts Admin looking to move to the next level.  Deadline: 25th January. 
Click here for more details, and good luck if you're applying! 

We're looking forward to... 

Birdheart: We are awaiting the return of Julian Crouch of Improbable fame to the UK with his latest show Birdheart. It is part of Manipulate and as well as Norwich, is also touring to Edinburgh, Aberdeen and of course, The Little Angel in London. We even found a sneak-peak of an open rehearsal you can treat yourself to...
Wanted: workshop space and a bed.*not necessarily in the same room
New York based Puppeteer Randy Ginsburg is heading back to London this Spring performing Daughter of the Forrest, a Bengali Folktale with The Komola Collective. Hence, he is in need of a space for making puppets and/or a room to stay. If you or anyone you know has access to workshop space he could share and/or rent out for a reasonable price and/or a room from the period of April 24th - June 6th please get in contact with him. (Preferably closer to  Rich Mix Tower Hamlets near the Old Street Area)
randy.ginsburg@gmail.com
+19172139687

 

Curious School of Puppetry

Term has begun! We're looking forward to hearing updates about this term at Sarah Wright's Curious School of Puppetry - it offers those with an interest in operating and producing work with puppets an in-depth, physical understanding of technique, craft and design. For more information about booking next time, click here. We think Sarah is super, have a little look to see what else she's done. 

Contact us 

The future of puppetry is being written right now, be a part of it! If you have something to say or share about puppetry we want to hear from you. We're looking for articles to post on Animations, provocative questions to share out and ways to implement the future of puppetry in the UK. 
Email us whether you've got a fully formed concept or just an idea... contact Roxana at pct@puppetcentre.org.uk
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BLIND SUMMIT'S PUPPETRY TIP OF THE MONTH:

"When you're being a shadow puppet, pretend you're made of cardboard"
Mark Down, Puppeteer