Arts Council funding for Circle of Tales

Added 5th May 2011

GOOD NEWS…. PuppetCraft has been given funding by the Arts Council England for a new show called CIRCLE OF TALES.

Arts council

It is to be an African story with live music performed by top British-based African musicians.
PuppetCraft’s artistic director is spending April in Africa working with leading storyteller Gcina Mhlope to research and write a purpose-made script for the show.
The premier is on 1st October….

News round-up

Added 9th February 2011.
We are still touring The Mousehole Cat to great appreciation.
“My favorite show.” “A little gem!” Audience comments.

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Our workshop has been busy making puppets for other theatre companies:

Prof Yaffle

Professor Yaffle the wooden woodpecker was made lovingly out of plywood for a theatre show of Bagpuss which ran at the Soho Theatre, London.
And two large puppets for a large theatre show by celebrated Kneehigh Theatre.


Plans are afoot to make a new production … on an African theme…. working with top musician Chartwell.

Chartwell Dutiro

Making courses have been more popular this year than ever.

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Selfish Giant Little Book

Added 25th June 2010

We have made a beautiful little book of the The Selfish Giant show.
It has been drawn and coloured by Jo and it comes in a handmade cloth bag made by Sue.
The selfish giant book

The words are by Oscar Wilde slightly altered as they are in the show. The pictures are based on the puppets.
The book folds out so it can be put up as a long, long, long picture.
We sell these books at the show, or you can order by email or phone 01803 867778.
Cost is £8 + £1.50 postage.

One-day willow workshop

Added 28th May 2010

An early summer one-day willow workshop produces fantastic results.

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PuppetCraft ran a day workshop showing TYKES ( Youth branch of the Teignmouth Players) how to make withie structures…..
The fish are for an outdoor performance they have been devising for ‘You Can Cut It’ – a festival Teignbridge in Devon puts on to encourage recycling and proper disposal of your rubbish.
The piece will be performed at Decoy Park Newton Abbot on 6th August, Dawlish Lawn on 9th August and The Den Teignmouth on 10th.

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.


Look at YouTube for Meerkat Puppet Theatre.


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.

Tin Forest man close
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.

Busy Workshops

Added 31st August 2008

Three weeks of busy workshops took place at Dartington in July and August, with 20 puppet enthusiasts coming from around the world – from USA, Spain, Turkey and Britain.

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Two weeks were devoted to carving wooden puppets, with a wonderful range of inventive puppets being designed and created.
Comments from participants:“Brilliant.. don’t think the course could be improved…except too many biscuits!” “Very relaxed atmosphere… spot on… fantastic…exceeded expectations.” ” Emphasis was on producing a puppet of high quality with attention to detail.”

Carving workshops

One week was a “Finishing and Performing” course.
For people who had nearly complete puppets this was a chance to be guided through painting, stringing, wig and costume making and the devising of a short performance that was shared with the public of our local town, and even made it onto BBC TV.
Comments: “Exciting to see my puppet come to life.” “Such fun.. and informative. Gave me the push I needed.”
See GALLERY for pictures from the courses