Ray and Joan DaSilva – Vice Presidents

Ray and Joan DaSilva are retired professional puppeteers, both makers and performers with experience in most aspects of puppetry from Punch & Judy to directing a puppet company for several years that toured major large theatres including London’s West End.  They were also responsible for overseeing the creation of Norwich Puppet Theatre and for running a puppeteers’ bookshop.

A summary of their achievements can be found in the World Encyclopaedia of Puppet Arts and the story of the DaSilva Puppet Company in Chris Abbott’s book An East Anglian Odyssey (now online with 160 photos) published by the Friends of Wisbech Museum.

Ray has been a member since the 1950s.