When: 15th – 17th July 2016
Where: Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire
£: Ticket prices vary, depending on the event. Some events are free
What is it?
Beverley Puppet Festival returns this month featuring a line up of giant puppets, creepy clowns, magical unicorns and a zoo full of strange beasts.
The 7th Beverley Puppet Festival will take place from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th July 2016. The festival has grown from just five puppet companies taking part in 2005, to being the largest festival of British puppetry in the world.
The puppet festival offers something for everyone, with a diverse range of shows for children and adults alike.
One highlight for adult festival-goers is Pickled Image’s Coulrophobia. An unnerving tale of two clowns trapped in a cardboard box. Other shows, suitable for adults, include Susan Beattie’s The Husband and Other Tales; Mirth and Misery with Death Puppet Klezma Jam; Strange Arrangements with Drifters, and Smoking Apples and Dogfish with CELL.
Adult daytime shows this year include the public premiere of Shakespeare vs Moliere, and Otherstory’s Escape was on Everyone’s Mind: The Tale of Jack Sheppard.
Children’s shows include Oddly by Norwich Puppet Theatre; Puppetcraft’s Nobody Rides the Unicorn; Zero en Conducta Co. with Nymio, and Frogs and Snails and Teddy Bear Tales from Freehand Theatre.
There’s also Little Frankenstein by Lempen Puppet Theatre; Ripstop Theatre’s A Real Fairy Story; Theatre-Rites with Recycled Rubbish; Tea Break Theatre with Bobbin; and Pandora’s Magical Box, a new production by Indigo Moon Theatre.
This year’s event will offer free outdoor street theatre in the town centre and at the new Flemingate Centre. Join the Parade, and follow giant puppets dancing and playing in the street. Meet a wise old camel with Prince Amir and Nazreddin, or head to the Friary Gardens to encounter The Cryptid Petting Zoo.
For the first time, the festival will have purpose-built theatre spaces – in addition to their other main venues – with the historic Masonic Hall and The Festival Hub at Beverley Friary.
The Festival Hub will have shows, puppet-making workshops, and a specialist puppet book seller, Pelham Puppets. There will also be an exhibition, a bar, and food.
The Puppet Festival is hosted by the Beverley Arts Trust, and has won a Real East Yorkshire Tourism Award for Most Remarkable Small Event.