This year Skipton Puppet Festival, happening between 29 Sept and 1st Oct, invites you to get lost – and found again. The festival’s theme is ‘Lost and Found’ – from Oliver Jeffers’ classic children’s book of the same name featuring a misplaced penguin, to everyday detritus brought to life in TamTam Objektentheater’s ‘Rusty Nails and Other Heroes’, via Homer’s Odyssey in Lyngo Theatre’s ‘There and Back again’, audiences join puppeteers for journeys deep into the imagination.
As ever, there’s something for everyone, from ‘Higgledy Piggledy Pie’ for three year olds up, and fun and interactive giant animal walkabouts at the hubsite, through to contemporary theatre pieces using dance, mixed media, object theatre and animation to explore themes of belonging, memory and reinvention. Venues will range from auditoriums for 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.
Of course we’ll have traditional favourites Punch & Judy, and Dangerous Dave the miniature stuntman, back by popular demand (don’t forget your hard hat!)
There’ll be almost forty companies performing at Skipton this year – with eleven joining us from nine different European countries. In addition, new faces will perform as part of the Scratch Space for development and experimental work.
“Sea of Dreams” is the theme for free community workshops at Skipton Girls’ High School on 16th/17th and 23rd/24th September, giving budding puppetmakers a chance to get hands-on with sticks, string, paper and glue as they bring creatures to life in time for the fabulous Puppet Parade on Sunday 1st October. Don’t miss the spectacular 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 puppetmaking and animation workshop sessions.
As ever, tickets are selling fast, but don’t worry, there will be something for everyone, no matter what your budget – over 60% of the performances are free, thanks to the support of Arts Council England, Skipton Town Council, Skipton Town Partnership, Skipton Mechanics Institute, Craven Trust Rotary Club of Skipton Craven, and Craven District Council, along with private sponsors and supporters.
Check out the festival website for a full programme of events: www.skiptonpuppetfestival.co.uk