Dear Puppet Centre subscribers!
As the end of November vanishes, we thought that we would bring you some suggestions to lead you through the Christmas period and well into the new year. These are the shows we loved the first time round, the productions we are looking forward to and even a couple of pieces our board members have created (look out for Sue Buckmaster and Mervyn Millar).
The Puppet Centre's Christmas Picks: (in no particular order)
The Firework-Maker's Daughter
is based on the
story by Philip Pullman and is an explosive musical
adventure originally created by Opera North and
The Opera Group. It's on now at The Linbury Studio Theatre
(Royal Opera House) till the 2nd January 2016. Shadow puppetry by Indefinite Articles (Steve Tiplady). Suitable for ages 6+
Photo credit: Robert Workman
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
presented by the Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company. Playing now in Birmingham
till 16th January 2016. Puppet Designs by Insignificant Object, Mervyn Millar and Jo Lakin. We don't think it's giving too much away to say there's a big lion...
Suitable for ages 6+
to book tickets and hear some audio clips.
Matthew Robbins Christmas Show: Flyboy
At the Bridport Arts Centre
(Dorset) on the 18th & 19th December (with a puppetry masterclass on the 19th at 12-2pm). It's a collection of songs, short stories, shadow-puppets, home-made animations, made-up games, choose-your-own-adventures, and competitive audience puppet-making. Suitable for adults and older children (8+, brave younger children are also welcome with their families). To book click here.
There is limited availability left for The Snow Child
at the Unicorn Theatre
playing until January 3rd. Dancing Brick present a vibrant and inventive retelling of a classic folktale that is both funny and touching. Suitable for ages 3+
To watch the trailer and book tickets click here
Photo credit: Richard Davenport
An adaptation of The Lorax
by Doctor Seuss at The Old Vic, on now till
the 16th January. "Whats the Lorax? A show about a guy in a tree. Sounds quite good. Yes it is. Ah, but is it for me? For you? It's for everyone! It's a guaranteed laugh! For all ages from six... to sixty two and a half!
" Puppet designs Toby Olie. Suitable 6+ Click here
for more information and tickets.
is on now until 3rd January.
Theatre-Rites' brilliant show is on at the
and was created specifically for ages 3 and up. Directed by Sue Buckmaster and music by Jessica Dannheisser. Get ready for the playfully yucky world of Beasty Baby. For tickets click here
Roald Dahl's The Giraffe, the Pelly and Me
showing at The Little Angel
until the 31st January. Created for children and families over 3 years old. All ages admitted on certain performances. Puppet design by Peter O'Rourke.
For more information click here
for the website.
is showing from now until the
2nd January at the Waterside Arts Centre
(in Sale, near Manchester). This is the first Moomin production to have appeared on the stage in the UK - get ready as the Moomins come to life through beautiful hand-crafted, full sized puppets. Suitable for ages 5+. Click here
for the website.
Tessa Bide has created The Melody Makers
at The Wardrobe Theatre
till 20th December. It will charm the socks off anyone aged 1 -101!
To book tickets to this magical musical click here
Weekdays 10.30am & Weekends 2pm
Suspense Festival 2015
We'd like to say another huge well done to the team behind the Suspense Festival again this year. We managed to get to see a few shows, and found enough to satisfy our taste buds for perhaps another year.
Addya Panayiotou wrote Smoking Apples a good review for their show Our Hands (picture above right) and Mirth and Misery got a great review too from Helen Jauregui for Death Puppet Klezma Jam (picture below right).
To see more reviews from Suspense 2015 and suggestions, click here for Animations Online.
Your Christmas picks!
This Christmas is set to be a brilliant season for puppetry, so as we find them we'll keep posting more ideas and shows on social media in the upcoming weeks.
If you see work you would like to recommend to others forward your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org
or tweet us @PuppetCentre
We love to know what you're seeing!