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.

Brains dances

Added 4th June 2008

The hit advert of Thunderbird puppet character BRAINS dancing was a very fast making job for PuppetCraft: in 3 weeks John Roberts carved two puppets to closely copy the original TV puppet, but with the ability to perform the fantastic dance that had been choreographed for him.

Martin Corbin painted the puppet, Jane Eve made controls, Sue Field made costumes and Sarah Wright painstakingly made a wig.

Thunderbirds Brains Drench TV advert


Rehearsals and filming took place in London, followed by weeks of postproduction cgi work to erase the 5 puppeteers that worked around the puppet. Puppeteers were: Ronnie LeDrew, Sarah Wright, Sue Dacre, Libby Granger and John Roberts.

The Making of Brains from the Thunderbirds Drench advert

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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.

From BUNRAKU ……….towards a future theatre

Added 25th November 2007

Nori SAWA

A performance-based course with Japanese master-puppeteer Nori SAWA.

25th to 29th March 2008 at Dartington, Totnes, Devon, England.
For Puppeteers, Actors, Designers, Arists, Dancers, Musicians.
A rare opportunity to engage with the traditions of the ancient art of Japanese “Bunraku” puppet theatre…  and to bring these skills up to date and make work relevant to today’s theatre.
10 places are reserved for people living and/or working in the South West.
Grants will be given to allow 3 people from the South West to pay only £50.
Please express an interest as soon as possible, so PuppetCraft can show funders that there is a need to run this course.

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.