Performance: Perseus and the Gorgon’s Head

Added 5th Dec 2009.

Perseus and the Gorgon’s Head will be performing on Saturday 12th December at Rattery Village Hall, Devon at 3pm.

Medusa and Perseus
This is the only chance locally to see a revival of PuppetCraft’s “best show” … just back from festivals in Bath and London.

Bookings 01803 867778
Tea & cakes will be on sale after the show

News round-up

Added 3rd November 2009

I can’t believe how fast this year has flashed by… it has been crammed full of running puppet workshops, making for TV and theatre, touring and reviving 2 shows.

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3 very busy weeks of Puppet Carving Courses were run in Devon by John in a beautiful new location.

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Horse and Bamboo Theatre hosted a week of puppet carving in their lovely base in Lancashire…
and a week of carving was well attended in London at The Little Angel Theatre.

A TV advert had us making a Meerkat and a Businessman.

Meercat

Look at YouTube for Meerkat Puppet Theatre.

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John designed the set and carved marionettes for The Little Angel Theatre’s production of Petrushka.

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110 performances of The Tin Forest were completed. This is PuppetCraft’s first non-verbal show, so was a challenge. It has had a great response.

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Perseus and the Gorgon’s Head has just been revived for Bath International Puppet Festival and London’s Suspense Puppet Festival… and has just completed 5 sold-out performances.

Perseus gods
A grant from The Lottery through the Arts Council England has made it possible to resurrect this show.

Selfish Giant
The Selfish Giant has just opened and will be touring all over the place for the next 8 months. We hope you meet you at a show.

Tin Forest has opened

Added 12th July 2008

Our latest show and workshop The Tin Forest opened at the Barbican Theatre, Plymouth on 28th June and then rushed off to Dorset to Beaminster Festival… then all the way up to Yorkshire to perform in a puppet festival in the lovely town of Beverley.

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Audience response has been excellent: “The workshop was just brilliant and
the performance of The Tin Forest was enchanting, witty and colourful… everyone was absorbed and delighted by it.” Beaminster Festival Director.
“absolutely loved it… what an enchanting show it was.” Audience comment.

Arts Council Grant for The Tin Forest!

Added 23rd March 2008

The Arts Council has awarded a grant for PuppetCraft to work on a new project.

The Tin Forest will be a show and linked workshops based on the book by Helen Ward, illustrated by Wayne Anderson, published by Templar.

Tin Forest grant
Reviewers have described The Tin Forest as “a beautiful, thought provoking, inspirational book. A fantasy and morality tale about a dream that can make a world of difference. It not only tells a good story, it might even inspire you to run out and transform the next rubbish heap you see into paradise.”

We will tour the show nationally performing 110 times.
Bookings are now being taken.

A new project: The Tin Forest

Added 20th September 2007

PuppetCraft has got permission (after 2 years of trying) to adapt a book “The Tin Forest” into a show and workshop.

Tin Forest
The book is by Helen Ward, illustrated by Wayne Anderson, published by Templar.

Reviewers have described The Tin Forest as “a beautiful, thought provoking, inspirational book. A fantasy and morality tale about a dream that can make a world of difference. It not only tells a good story, it might even inspire you to run out and transform the next rubbish heap you see into paradise.”

We have applied to the Arts Council for a grant to fund this project… so we are holding our breath till we get news … towards the end of February 2008.

New show Perseus is a wow!

Added 17th March 2006

Perseus and the Gorgon’s Head had its world premier on Saturday 11th March at a festival in Dorset.

It was a packed audience, who declared the show to be “a wow!… beautiful, funny, the best theatre we have seen for years…”
We have teamed up once again with renowned poet/playwright Adrian Mitchell who has adapted this Greek myth specially for PuppetCraft’s style. We are also working with talented composer Andrew Dickson who has produced songs and music, all performed live, to drive the drama on. We are so lucky to have had a painting made for the show by one of the world’s great illustrators – Ralph Steadman.
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The Gorgon begins and the Unicorn takes flight

Added 16th October 2005

Work has started on “Perseus and the Gorgon’s Head” with Adrian Mitchell working on the first draft of the script, while Andrew Dickson composes the dozen or so songs, while John Roberts is designing and scheming how to make the most of the possibilities of this epic story. Musicians, puppeteers, writer and composer will try out the show during November, using mockup puppets and set, to test how it is all coming together. The premier will be in March 2006.
Meanwhile… “Nobody Rides The Unicorn” is touring to villages, theatres and schools – to wonderful audience response:
“A lovely gentle story which captivated the children’s imagination.”
” Superb, simply wonderful. Fantastic puppetry and sound effects”
“Very poetic, Very professional, Excellent production.”
” Fantastic. Intriguing sets. Wonderful puppets and incredible performers. An enchanting and magical experience.”

Unicorn Tour
See photos of a week of touring.

Premier of New Show: Nobody Rides the Unicorn

Added 5th July 2005

Our new show “Nobody Rides The Unicorn” had its first performance at a sold-out show at Beaminster Festival on 26th June… and the response from organisers and audience has been great. They loved the combination of puppetry made by a team of puppeteers, sumptuous looking set by Sue Field and a rich sound world created by Rachel Miller’s magic on acoustic instruments and use of the latest digital sound sampling technology.
The authors Adrian Mitchell and Sasha Mitchell were there, along with composer Andrew Dickson and the illustrator of the book that inspired this project, Stephen Lambert.
An extract of the show was performed today for the Arts Council ArtsMark award ceremony.

Nobody Rides the Unicorn
See COMMENTS page for people’s reaction to the show.