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John Roberts Puppeteer

PuppetCraft was set up in 1990 by John Roberts, a master puppeteer.

PuppetCraft is one of Britain’s most acclaimed touring puppet troupes, presenting a wide range of shows and workshops to a spectrum of audiences, from children to families, and to adults. It is noted for a combination of beautifully crafted puppets with specially composed music.

The content of shows extends from traditional folklore of different countries, to original modern tales. The company varies from 2 to 12 performers, makers, musicians.  Touring throughout the Southwest, nationally and internationally.
PuppetCraft performs in village halls, theatres, arts centres, primary and secondary
schools, colleges, barns, marquees, sports-halls and sometimes outdoors.
Festival performances include Bath, Salisbury, Canterbury, Glastonbury, Swaledale,
St Donates Story-Telling, Cheltenham Literature festivals. Internationally PuppetCraft has
performed at Dublin Puppet Festival and in Germany, Zimbabwe and Sweden.

Places where PuppetCraft has performed include:

Bath Puppet Festival, Theatre Royal Festival, Salisbury Festival, Canterbury Festival, Totnes Word-Play festival, Swindon Literature Festival, Glastonbury Festival, St Donates Storytelling Festival in Wales, Cheltenham Literature Festival, Belfast, Dublin Puppet Festival, Battersea Festival, Brighton, Glasgow, Germany, Zimbabwe, Sweden.

In primary and secondary schools, colleges, village halls, theatres, barns, tents, sports-halls, outdoors…..


“I consider the work of PuppetCraft to be of a very high quality and would recommend it without hesitation to any venue looking for exciting puppet-theatre.” Dartington Arts.
“A simple story, beautifully staged.” TimeOut.
“The whole piece has wit and charm, to delight both children and adults” Daily
“Brilliant show – the audience was spellbound. The most magical puppet show I’ve ever seen – utterly transporting us into another world. Everything I could wish for adults and children.” Village Hall organiser.

Awards include:

Puppet Centre/Arts Council bursary to study the secrets of traditional puppetry
in China for 7 months.
Year of the Artist residency in rural villages.
Nominated for the Lawrence Olivier Awards for outstanding achievement.
Eight project grants from The Arts Council.

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