When: 29th September – 1st October 2017
Where: Skipton, North Yorkshire
£: Ticket prices vary, depending on the event. Many events are free
What is it?
This year’s Skipton Puppet Festival, happening between Friday 29th September and Sunday 1st October, will be inviting audiences to get lost – and found again.
The festival’s theme is ‘Lost and Found’, and will feature everything from everyday detritus brought to life in TamTam Objektentheater’s Rusty Nails and Other Heroes, to Homer’s Odyssey in Lyngo Theatre’s There and Back Again. Audiences are invited to join puppeteers for a journey deep into the imagination.
There will be something for everyone at the festival, from Higgledy Piggledy Pie for the little ones, to fun and interactive giant animal walkabouts at the hubsite. There will be an eclectic mix of contemporary theatre pieces using dance, mixed media, object theatre and animation to explore themes of belonging, memory and reinvention.
Venues will range from auditoriums seating 150, including Skipton Town Hall’s renovated performance space, to miniature theatre spaces seating just twelve people; with a host of free street theatre at the festival hubsite on Coach Street car park. There’ll be almost forty companies performing at Skipton this year, from nine different European countries. In addition, new faces will perform as part of the Scratch Space for development and experimental work.
There will be traditional favourites Punch & Judy, and Dangerous Dave the miniature stuntman, back by popular demand.
‘Sea of Dreams’ is the theme for free community workshops at Skipton Girls’ High School on 23rd and 24th September, giving budding puppet-makers a chance to get hands-on with sticks, string, paper and glue as they bring creatures to life in time for the festival Puppet Parade on Sunday 1st October. Don’t miss the carnival atmosphere as amateur and professional puppets dance their way along the High Street to the festival hubsite.
In addition to all the shows, music, walkabouts and surprises to be found at the festival, there will be free puppet-making and animation workshop sessions. There promises to be something for everyone, no matter the budget, with over 60% of the performances free of charge.
More info: www.skiptonpuppetfestival.co.uk