From a giant iron man and elephant, hand-sized marionettes and intricate shadow puppets, and the retelling of classics alongside life-affirming stories, to cult series Thunderbirds and Spitting Image, and late-night puppet cabaret, the jam-packed programme for Nottingham’s first ever Puppet Festival has been revealed.
“It’s very exciting,” said co-founder David Longford from the Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall. “It’s a great line-up that has been curated which we feel will appeal to all ages and tastes.”
“We want this Festival to be for everyone, and kicking off at Clifton Library, we hope the variety of performances, talks and workshops combined with the free drop-in and street-based events achieves this.”
Shows include the multi award-winning National Theatre production of War Horse, a new spin on Punch and Judy in The Diabolical Mr Punch taking place in a cave with The Electric Sunshine Project, a story narrated by a mushroom in The Story of Mr B. from Shake Shake Theatre Company and an imagined journey into space in Tessa Bide’s non-verbal A Strange New Space.
There will be a series of workshops and talks for both aspiring puppeteers and practicing professionals. Jamie Anderson, son of Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson, Spitting Image’s Pete Sinclair, Philip Pope and Steve Nallon, and Brian Herring who has worked on the latest Star Wars films, will be amongst those talking about the artform of puppetry and the many different roles it has to play.
From the Friday to Sunday the Old Market Square will become a pop-up puppet village morning until night, with a medley of free events including street theatre, drop-in workshops, live music and plenty more spectacular sights and sounds.
The Festival will round off on the Sunday afternoon with a vibrant puppet parade through the city centre featuring puppets of every shape and size.
Take a look at What’s On for the Festival, 22 – 25 March 2018. We for one can’t wait!