What’s On

At a recent meeting of the Guild council I announced that I would no longer be able to keep WHAT’S ON going in any useful way.  Thanks to all who contributed especially the Puppet Theatre Barge and Norwich Puppet Theatre – the only companies to regularly send in copy!

Then I thought what might be useful to puppeteers and puppetry lovers is a list of places where puppetry may be found either as a place of entertainment, exhibition or learning.  So, little by little I will try and re-build the page into PUPPET PLACES.  If you company/museum/theatre school etc would like to be included please email me: peter@peterpuppet.co.uk.

PUPPET PLACES

  1. THEATRES

CUMBRIA

PENRITH

Upfront Puppet Theatre

(01768 484538)

LANCASHIRE

ROSSENDALE

Boo Theatre

(01706 220241)

LONDON

BRENTFORD

Watermans

(020 8232 1010)

ISLINGTON

Little Angel Theatre

14 Dagmar Passage, The Angel, Islington, N1 2DN

www.littleangeltheatre.com

020 7226 1787

LITTLE VENICE

The Puppet Theatre Barge

Blomfield Road, Little Venice, London W9 2PF

www.puppetbarge.com  email: puppet@movingstage.co.uk

020 7249 6876

NB: There is no wheelchair access in the theatre

NORWICH

Norwich Puppet Theatre

(01603 629 921)

SCOTLAND

BIGGAR

The Biggar Puppet Theatre

(01899 220631)

GLASGOW

Scottish Mask & Puppet Centre

(0141 339 6185)

RHOS-ON-SEA

The Harlequin Marionette Theatre

(01492 548166)

EXHIBITIONS

HAMPSHIRE

Hastings Museum (01424 451052)

Small permanent exhibition of puppets from Hastings Puppet Theatre including   Professor Day’s Variety Pie Marionettes. Full set of Punch & Judy puppets and marionettes which include pianist, Joey, Scaramouch, acrobat). Puppeteers were Professor Day (1860 – 1939) and John Alston (until 1953) Free Admission

NYEWOOD: ˜Barley”,  Ramshackles, Nyewood, near Petersfield, Hampshire, GU31 5JA.  Ventriloquists Club of Great Britain: Exhibition of vent figures, puppets & associated memorabilia. Every Friday 2 pm-4 pm

KENT

DEAL

Kent Museum of the Moving Image

(01304 239515)

www.kentmomi.org

includes shadow puppetry

LONDON

Pollocks Toy Museum 1 Scala Street, W1

(020 7635 3452)

10 am – 5 pm Mon – Sat

WELLINGTON

Waterslade Studios

(studios @ forkbeardfantasy.co.uk)

Inter-active puppetry exhibition

SUSSEX

BRIGHTON

Brighton Museum

(0300 029 0900)

Excellent collection of puppets, well displayed.

Tues – Sun 10 am – 5 pm

Brighton Toy & Model Museum

(01273 749 494)

small collection of puppets – but well worth a visit.

Tues – Frid 10 am – 5 pm  Sat 11 am – 5 pm

SCOTLAND

GLASGOW

The Scottish Mask & Puppet Theatre Centre 8-10 Balcarres Avenue, Kelvindale,G12

(0141 339 6185)

TRAINING

LONDON

ISLINGTON

Little Angel Theatre

(020 7226 1787)

Curious School of Puppetry (020 7689 3615)

www.curiouspuppetry.com

UK’s newest puppetry training school is led by Sarah Wright, Rene Baker, Toby Olie and Lyndie Wright.  The aims of the school are: To develop and encourage the emergence of talent in British puppetry, to provide expert hands-on training for theatre-makers and performers, to build links between existing professionals and developing artists.

SWISS COTTAGE

Central School of Speech and Drama.

BA course in puppetry and MA course in Advanced Theatre Practice (with a focus on puppetry). Details from www.cssd.ac.uk.

LONDON SCHOOL OF PUPPETRY (01756 753495/ 073597357/01453 833293)

Courses in shadow puppetry, marionettes, rods, hand or glove puppetry. A new Diploma course, to run on various Saturdays throughout the year. Marionette carving, choreography, living room theatre, cross arts performances, special needs work. Accredited by Middlesex University.   www.londonschoolofpuppetry.com

SUSSEX

SUCCESSFUL PUNCH AND JUDY

Tuition by Glyn Edwards 31 Connell Drive, Brighton, Sussex, BN2 6RT.  01273 308174, email: glyn@punch-and-judy.com  website: www.punch-and-judy.com.  Tailor-made tuition based on Glyn’s book of the same name.  Call to discuss your needs

WALES

MARIONETTE MANIPULATION

Tuition by Christopher Somerville 01492 548166.  Tailor-made tuition for singles, couples or groups. All enquiries Email: chris@punchandjudy.com

DORSET

BRISTOL

Puppet Place

(0117 929 3593)