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ALAKAZAM PUPPET ROADSHOW
Company:Alakazam Puppets
Contact: Jimmy Pearson
Address: 45 Hedges Rd. Neilston, East Renfrewshire. G78 3JQ
Tel: 0141 881 3749
Contact: Andy Pearson
Address: 3 Albert Place , Sandbank, Dunoon, Argyll. PA23 8QF
Tel: 01369 706 776
Info:Puppets, comedy and audience participation, for performances, which include magic and juggling, please contact the Argyll branch of the company. We travel all over Scotland with competitive prices to suit. Andy & Jimmy are both Equity members.Venues: Theatre, studios, halls, community, schools, private and outdoors.
Travel: Will travel to perform in Scotland and the UK .
Prices: Prices on request
CLIVE NICOLAS ANDREWS
Contact: Clive Andrews
Address: 1/5 New Assembly Close, 142 High Street, Edinburgh Eh1 1QQ
Tel/Fax: 07932 087 445
Email: Clive
Web: Clown Company
Current production: The Lighthouse Keeper.
A tale of lights, ships, dreams and the power of the imagination featuring puppetry, dance, circus skills and a little ukulele. “An extraordinary performer, a very funny Clown with a liquid and poetic performance style” (Theatre Bristol). Oscar, a lovable fool, takes his dream job as a Lighthouse Keeper on a remote island. He sets about his tasks with gusto, gets a little lonely and a wee bit crazy. A friendly hand reaches out from the past to guide him and helps him the save the days when disaster strikes.
Venues: Theatres & arts centres, schools, village halls and festivals
Travel: Touring in Scotland, UK and abroad.
Prices: Negotiable £200-£400

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CLYDEBUILT PUPPET THEATRE
Contact: Lee McAllister
Address: 4 Skene Street Strathmiglo,Cupar, Fife KY14 7QL
Tel: 01337 860 337
Email: Clydebuilt Puppets
Web: Clydebuilt Puppets Website
Info: Clydebuilt are a very adaptable touring company playing to family audiences of 40-250. They have developed a wide range of shows through visual, dramatic and entertaining interpretations of classic myths, stories and contemporary works. Originally formed in 1987 by Stephen Smart and Leigh McCalister, Clydebuilt, make, design and perform shows using rod puppets, shadow theatre, life sized body puppets and object theatre. The company is well known for its excellent movement and manipulation skills and with these they aim to help the puppets tell the stories, with the help of especially written music and storytelling scripts. The company has a wide repertoire of shows including: ‘The Magic of The Mummy’ and ‘Thor’s Magic Hammer’ ; also ‘Finders Keepers’ a special show for younger children aged 3 years plus. Clydebuilt also continues to develop a very successful workshop programme.
New production: The Call of The Loon.
Venues: Theatres/arts centres, schools, village halls and festivals.
Travel: Will tour in Scotland, UK and abroad. Member: EQUITY
Prices: Prices on request.

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CORRAGAN (‘FINGERS’)
Contact: Artair Donald
Address: 29 Hawick Street, Yoker, Glasgow G13 4EL
Tel: 0141 959 2009
Mobile: 07921 679007
Email: artalr@tosg.org.uk
also at:
Address: c/o 55 Keith Street, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
Tel: 01851 705536
Info: Hand & Glove Gaelic puppet shows touring the Highlands and Islands. Includes:‘Calum Agus A Charidean’ (‘Calum & His Friends’) & ‘Eachann Mor’ (‘Big Hector’).
Prices: Negotiable.

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DRAGONFLY DREAMING PUPPET THEATRE
Contact: Graham Moffat
Address: Strathyre, Church Road, Laurieston, Castle Douglas, DE7 2PW, Dumfries & Galloway
Tel: 01644 456 353
Mobile: 0772 414 9552
Email: dragonflydreamingm@googlemail.com
Current Production: That’s Rubbish.
An original new play by Graham Moffat based on the principles – reduce, reuse, recycle. Skiprat’s looking for his lunch, but all he can find is rubbish and it’s talking to him. This is a litter strewn journey from polystyrene to potato skins via the supermarket, a compost bin and the local dump. Sponsored by DGAA Rural Touring. Puppet & storytelling workshops may also be offered in conjunction with this show. Suitable for age 6 yrs upwards.
Max. Audience 200.
Tech. Requirements: 1 x 13amp plug.
Venues: Theatres, arts centres, festivals, schools, village halls and community centres.
Travel: Scotland and UK
Prices: Negotiable.
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FLOTSAM and JETSAM
Contact: Aileen Finlay or Scott Simpson
Address: 215/6 Dalkeith Rd., Edinburgh EH16 5JR
Tel: 0131 662 9834
Mobile:07813 705840
Email:info@flotsamandjetsam.co.uk
Mobile: 07813 705840
Web: www.flotsamandjetsam.co.uk
Info: The company specialise in two areas: performances for young children and theatre-in-education for P6 and P7.’The Dress Show’ is for young children. Performed with small puppets from within the pockets of a red dress with stories, songs and surprises and delightful audience interaction. ‘Hothouse’ is a fun theatre-in-education puppet performance and workshop for P6 and P7 about growing up and puberty covering relationships and sexual health curricula for schools. It’s a sensitive show with a lot of laughter.Puppet making workshops also available.
Venues: Arts centres, schools and small-scale touring venues.
Prices: Negotiable
FOLDING THEATRE COMPANY
Contact: Iain Halket.
Address: The Long Barn, Blackford Home Farm, Rothienorman, Aberdeenshire AB51 8YL
Tel: 01651 821 941
Mobile: 0771 945 8282
Email: foldingtheatre@btinternet.com
Info: Company founded 1992.
Puppet shows glove/hand, rod, shadow and bunraku. Iain Halket performs a select range of shows targeted at different age ranges: ‘The Singing Ringing Tree’ (3-6 years); ‘The Boy Who Flew Too High’ (7-11 years); ‘Sigurd The Dragonslayer (7-11 years); ‘Jabberwocky’ (+5 years). His latest show is ‘Two Can Toucan’ (3-7 years).
All shows are approximately 1 hour in duration.
Venues: Theatres, studios, village halls, community venues and schools
Prices: Negotiable – plus travel (more than 100 miles from Rothienorman) and accommodation if required.
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HOODWINK
Contact: Ailie Cohen
Address:
Halflland Barns, North Berwick, East Lothian EH39 5PW.
Tel: 01620 89 3003
Info: Ailie Cohen is the founder of Hoodwink, a children’s theatre touring company. Shows to date have included ‘Rumplestiltskin at The Fairy Tale Laundry’ and ‘Jazz Mouse’ – the story of a musical mouse who gets stuck in a piano and helps to inspire a child, for whom violin lessons are like watching paint dry. Performances are ideally suited for 3-11 year age range.
Venues: Theatres, studios, halls, schools and private.
Travel: Scotland, UK, Overseas.
Prices: £250-£350 per show plus accommodation and travel (beyond a 50 mile radius).
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INTERNATIONAL PURVES PUPPETS
Contact: Jill Purves
Address: Little Biggar Puppet Theatre Puppet Tree House, Broughton Road, Biggar, Lanarkshire ML12 6HA
Tel: 01899 220 521/ 220 631
Fax: 01899 220 750
E.Mail:
admin@purvespuppets.com
Web Site: PurvesPuppets.
Info: Shows are in two categories for 5-10 years or for 10-15 years.Rod, tabletop/bunraku, shadow and ultraviolet light. Blackout essential.Theatre and touring shows.Touring shows include: ‘Peter Pan’, ‘The Loch Ness Monster’, ‘Cinderella’, ‘The Nutcracker’. Permanent Theatre in Biggar: ‘Snow White’, ‘Pips & Panda’, ‘The Tinderbox’. Other plays in repertory all year round. Also offer workshops & educational courses.
Target Audience: theatres/arts centres, community groups, festivals, schools/colleges, special needs and tv/film.
Venues: Permanent theatre at Biggar Little Theatre with mid and large-scale touring across the UK, Europe and Asia. The touring company often performs in Singapore and is internationally renowned for its work with black light theatre.
Member: British UNIMA and The British Puppet and Model Theatre Guild.
Prices: Negotiable

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JABBERWOCKY THEATRE COMPANY
Contact: Maria McDonell, Administrator
Address: Arsallary, Glen Esk, Brechin, Angus DD9 7YX
Tel/Fax: 01356 670 304
Email: Maria
Current production: The White Cat
A family show based on a short story by E. Nesbitt suitable for ages 7-13 years. Performed by Alan Finlayson. Designed by Virginia Aspinwall. Original music by David Trouton. “A funny and moving tale of wonder, courage, surprise and transforming power of love told by one actor and six finely crafted puppets.
The Scotsman describes it as
“animated storytelling in a stunningly lovely puppet world”.
Venues: Theatres and arts centres, village halls, schools and festivals.
Travel: Scotland, UK and abroad
Prices: Negotiable.

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KIDGLOVES PUPPETS
Contact: Ken & Avril Hardie
Address: 46 Formaston Park, Aboyne, Aberdeenshire, AB34 5HF
Tel: 013398 86543
Mobile: 07790087688.
E.Mail: k.hardie@btinternet.com
Website: www.kidglovespuppets.co.uk.
Info: Glove and rod performances for children and families. ‘Aesop’s Fables’, ‘Punch & Judy’, ‘Hansel & Gretel’, ‘The Pied Piper Of Hamelin’, ‘Nursery Rhyme Plays’, ‘Beauty & The Beast’, The Frog Prince’, ‘Pandora’s Box’ and ‘Punch and Judy’. Songs, nursery rhymes, traditional tales and humour. Performances can be given in French.
Member: British Puppet & Model Theatre Guild and Scottish Mask & Puppet Centre.
Venues: all.
Prices: Negotiable

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MOUSETALE PUPPETS
Contact: David Stewart
Address: 66 Harrysmuir Gardens Pumpherston Livingston EH53 0PL
Tel: 0845 458 9779
Mobile: 07740 980481
Email: mousetalepuppets
Web: www.mousetalepuppets.co.uk
Info: Mousetale Puppets is a one-man touring puppet theatre offering fresh and funky shows to inspire children aged 4-11 (and grown ups too!) in theatre venues and schools. Performances take place in the dark under ultra violet lights, which make the fluorescent puppets and the scenery glow magically. Mousetale Puppets uses a mixture of low tech and hi-tech wizardry to bring these funny and thrilling adventure stories to life which include Oscar’s Amazing Space Adventure, Oscar and the Lost City of the Inca’s and Oscar and the Highland Castle. David believes in inspiring the next generation to be creative and enjoys helping children bring their own ideas to life through various workshops.
Venues: Theatre, studios, halls and schools.
Travel: Will travel to perform in Scotland , UK and abroad.
Prices: Schools starting at £140.00, excluding travel and accommodation if required. Theatres starting at £200.00 negotiable, including travel in Central Scotland , excluding accommodation if required.

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Mr. GIGGLES
Company: Mr. Giggles
Contact: Gordon Dickson
Address: 2 Pearson Drive, Renfrew. PA4 0BG
Tel: 0141 886 2905
Mobile: 07852726090.
Email: tinyworld
Website: www.MrGiggles.co.uk
Info: Characters include Mr. Giggles the Clown, Pirate Pete, Wizzi Wizard and Mr Magic. All of Mr. Giggle’s work is underpinned by firm structures and techniques that bring out the best in his audiences, making it easy for them to smile, giggle, laugh, have fun and develop their imagination. Mr. Giggle’s mix and mingle techniques have been imaginatively honed over the years by listening to the needs of parents and children’s organisations. All shows are regularly updated. Workshops can also be offered in circus skills and magic.
Venus: Theatres, studios, halls, schools, community, private and outdoor.
Travel: Will travel to perform in Scotland , the UK and Overseas.
Prices: Prices on request.

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NAGA MAS GAMELAN ENSEMBLE
Contact: Jon Kelihor, Convenor
Address: Flat 31, Weymouth Court, 177 Weymouth Drive, Glasgow G12 OEP.
Tel: 0141 571 7206.
Mobile: 07816 844 728
Info: Gamelan Naga Mas has a full information pack offering courses, workshops and events and also undertakes projects which sometimes involve wayang golek and kulit puppets.
Venues: Theatres, arts centres, halls.
Prices: Negotiable.
NOMAD PUPPETS & PUPPETRY
Contact: Chris Duffy
Address: 38 High Street, Auchtermuchty, Fife, KY14 7AP
Tel: 01337 828242
Info: 3 – 11 Years +. ‘Mr Fitzgerald’s Incredible Theatre’, ‘Babushka & The Bear’, ‘Window Of Imagination’, ‘Life And Death In Milton Keynes’. Also offer workshops and education activities.
Prices: £200 – £500.

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PAVLA’S PUPPETS
Company: Pavla’s Pupppets
Contact: Pavla Rowan
Address: 8 Victoria Cres. Rd. Glasgow . G12 9DB
Tel: 0141 339 3816
Email: Pavla Puppets
Info: Pavla’s Puppets, creator and manipulator is Pavla Rowan, who has been involved with puppets for over 20 years and aims to entertain, enchant and educate through the medium of puppets and storytelling. The current repertoire consists of adaptations from well-loved contemporary books for young children – “The Owl Who was Afraid of the Dark”, “Can’t You Sleep Little Bear”, “The Snow Child” and “The Paper Bag Princess”. as well as a selection of short folk tales – “Three Wishes” and the “Gingerbread House” for all kinds of venues. Pavla is also a primary school teacher and the choice of shows is often linked to aspects of the curriculum. Audiences are primarily children in nursery and lower primary school.
Venues: Theatre, studios, halls, community, schools and private.
Travel: Will travel to perform in Scotland mainly and the UK .
Prices: From £100.00 per show. Exclusive of travel and accommodation if required.
PERHILLION THEATRE COMPANY
Contact:Alasdair Satchell
Address: 12 George Street, Unters Quay, Dunoon, Argyll PA23 8JU
Tel: 01369 702559
Mobile: 07769 795844
Info: Alasdair Satchell is an actor-mime trained at the Lecoq School in Paris who has a one-man show for adults based on object theatre and fruit. He also offers workshops and has experience of working in cabaret.
Venues: theatres, arts centres, schools, halls, community festivals, galas
Prices: negotiable plus travel and accommodation if required.

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PHIL SPELLACY – PUPPETEER
Contact: Philip Spellacy
Address: 19 Falkland Rise, Moortown, Leeds LS17 6JQ
Tel/Fax: 0113 269 1228
Info: Rod, hand and shadow. Audience, 3 – 103 Years. ‘Circus Spellacy’, ‘Jack & The Beanstalk’, ‘Punch & Judy’, ‘The Firebird’, ‘Irish Legends’, ‘Tam O’Shanter’, ‘The Four Seasons’ by Vivaldi. Also offer Curriculum specific workshops including ‘The Vikings’ , ‘The Greeks’ and ‘The Victorians’.
Prices: Negotiable.
POPPY’S PUPPETS
Company:Poppy’s Puppets
Contact: Alison / Poppy Browne
Address: 13 Dovecote Lade, Peebles EH45 8HR
Tel: 01721 723257
Info: Poppy uses storytelling, singing and puppetry at its gentlest and most entertaining for children. Stories are told using giant pop-up books. The sets and props are all designed and ingeniously handcrafted using felt-making, papermaking and embroidery all executed by poppy herself. For adults Poppy’s alter ego has recently developed her version of Punch and Judy as she says, like herself short and sweet. Funny too, with the raunchiest Judy and this north of the border.
Venue: Small theatres, studios, halls, community, schools and private.
Travel: Scottish Borders, Scotland , UK and Abroad.
Price: £70.00 parties, £80 – £100.00 centres, £150.00 two day events. Travel extra, depending on distance and accommodation if required.

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THE PUPPET LAB
Company: The Puppet Lab
Contact: The Administrator
Address: 81 Great Junction Street, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 5HZ
Tel: 0131 554 8923
Fax: 0131 554 1861
E.Mail: info@puppet-lab.com
Web Site: www.puppet-lab.com
Info: Puppet Lab offer a wide range of services and host an excellent web site including: on tour, education, large-scale events and tv & film. Simon MacIntyre and Kim Bergsagel have been working out of Edinburgh for more than 20 years through a creative network of puppeteers, performers, artists, sculptors and street performers. Their touring work – such as The Magic Circus and The Enchanted Island (adapted from Shakespeare’s The Tempest by John Harvey) – performs extensively across the UK.
Venues: Professional theatres, arts centres, festivals, schools and village halls. Medium-scale touring.
Price: Negotiable.
PUPPET-STEW
Contact:Noona Owens
Address: 7 South Lomond Terrace, Balfron, Glasgow G63 0PN
Tel/Fax/Mobile: 07900948169
Email: noona
Web: puppet-stew
Info: Puppet-Stew offer fun and inspiring puppet-making workshops for all age groups and abilities. From a single two-hour session to several weekly sessions over many weeks, workshops will be adapted to your particular needs – whether it be part of the curriculum, creating a show from scratch or ‘just for fun’. Puppet-Stew can offer you any kind of workshop you can dream up! (See our website for further details and photos showcasing some of the puppets created by previous workshop participants).
Venues: Primary and secondary schools, nurseries, community groups, special needs centres, festivals and large or small parades.
Travel: Mainly Central Scotland, but willing to travel further afield.
Prices: Please email your requirements for a quote.
PUPPET STUFF / PALM TREE PUPPETS
Contact: Robbie Moffat
Address: 29 College Street, Glasgow, G1 1QH
Tel: 0141 552 6646
Info: Audience, 3 – 11 Years. ‘The Witch Who Stole The Fireworks’, ‘Yell’, ‘Who Do You Tell?’, ‘The Little Boy Santa Clause Forgot’, ‘Who Needs Videos ?’, Traditional Stories.
Venues: Shopping centres, hotels, large events, private.
Price: £60 + .

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RICHARD MEDRINGTON’S – PUPPET STATE THEATRE COMPANY
Contact: Richard Medrington
Address: 1 West Coliton House, 40 Woodhall Road , Edinburgh . EH13 0DU
Tel: 0131 441 9693
Email: Richard Medrington Puppets
Website: www.puppetstate.com
Info: Glove, hand and tabletop puppets plus storytelling. See the DVD of The Adventures of Ivan The Slug. Puppet State also has an adult show The Gospel Truth for Cats and Dogs as presented at the 2004 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In 2005 the company piloted its latest show The Man Who Planted Trees which has toured widely around the UK and continues to receive critical acclaim.
Venues: Theatres, studios, halls, community, schools and private.
Travel: Scotland , UK , Abroad.
Prices: Negotiable plus travel and accommodation if required
RUFFLED FEATHERS: PUPPETS-MASKS-PARADES
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SCOTT LOVAT
Company:Scott Lovat
Contact: John Boyd
Address: 102 Provost Milne Grove, South Queensferry , Scotland . EH30 9PL
Tel: 0131 331 5387
Mobile: 07971 402 720
Email: Scott Lovat
Website: www.scottlovat.co.uk
Info: Magic Shows and Magic Workshops. Glove and Hand Puppets.
Scott Lovat’s shows are usually a mixture of magic and Punch and Judy. He has been entertaining children for 25 years and specialises in the age range 3 – 11 years. He also provides magic only shows and magic workshops for 7 years and upwards.
Venues: Theatres, studios, halls, schools, community, private and outdoor.
Travel: Will travel to perform in Scotland only.
Prices: From £90.00 plus travel where necessary.
SHONA REPPE PUPPETS
Contact: Shona Reppe
Address: 30 Hight Street, Inverkeithing, KY11 1NN
Tel: 01383412991
Mobile: 07808 411541
Email: Shona Reppe Puppets
Website: www.shonareppepuppets.co.uk
Info: Glove, Audience, 3 – 7 Years, ‘The Little Red Hen – A Puppet Show In Two Shopping Baskets’, ‘The Elf & The Shoemaker’, ‘The Tree’, ‘Tom Thumb’, ‘Environmental issue Show’ and ‘The Ugly Duckling’. Shona has had award-winning success in the U.K. Japan and North America and is known for her unique combination of visual style, quality puppet manipulation, deft storytelling and original music. She regularly works with other children and young people’s theatre companies and is often asked to guest direct/choreograph the puppet elements within new shows.
Her latest production is ‘Olga Volt – The Electric Fairy’, an original and extraordinary story co-created with Charot Lemoine of Velo Theatre, France. It uses puppetry, storytelling, light and shadow.
Venues: Theatres, arts centres, halls, schools and community venues, private.
Prices: Negotiable, plus travel and accommodation if required.

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SOKOBAUNO THEATRE
Contact: Shane Connolly
Address: Studio Five, Kinning Park Arts Complex, Cornwall Street, Glasgow G41 1AH
Mobile: 07837 872067
Email: Sokobauno Theatre
Info: Shane Connolly is also a former graduate of HND Puppet Theatre Arts at SMPC/Anniesland College. He is an experienced graphic designer and professional taiko drummer with his own company (Toki-Doki Dori). He has worked extensively with other companies such as Scottish Opera, Vanishing Point, Giant Productions, Clydebuilt Puppet Company, Govan Gatherin’ and Easterhouse Festival. His latest show is ‘Yum n’Yuk’ for age 3 years plus.
New multicultural production:
Iqbal the Child Weaver.
Venues: Theatres/arts centres, schools, halls, community festivals/galas, non-theatre venues.
Prices: Negotiable.
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TALKING HEADS PUPPETS
Company:Talking Heads Puppets
Contact: Steve Ross
Address: 4 Duntarvie Place , Easterhouse, Glasgow. G34 9JB
Tel: 0141 781 0721
Mobile: 07932 99 2897
Email: Talking Heads Puppets
Info: Puppet shows are suitable for 2-8 year olds. Stories are centred around traditional characters that children are familiar – witches, wizards, policemen, Jack Frost and Little Red Riding Hood etc. Not forgetting Wee Cheeky Robert, a very special character, who can be very cheeky, but always manages to put in an appearance, with a birthday mention or two if required. The puppeteer operates within a booth, which can be accommodated in most homes, studios, halls, nurseries and primary schools and at also outdoor events. A combination of soft, Muppet style puppets, with more traditional glove puppets are used. Audience participation and interaction is inevitable and always welcome, as the children can’t help responding to the puppets.
Venues: Theatre, studios, halls, community, schools, private and outdoors.
Travel: Will travel to perform in Scotland .
Prices: From £65.00 per 45 minute show. Excludes travel and accommodation if required.

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TERRAMUNDI
Company:Terramundi
Contact: Anne Errington
Address: Riggfoot, Dunscore, Dumfries , DG2 0UL
Tel: 01387 820 364
Email: Terramundi
Info: Terramundi performs shadow tales from Scotland and around the world. They can also be booked for storytelling sessions and drama workshops, which include games, movement and characterisation sessions using props, puppets and masks.
Venues: Theatre, studios, halls, community, schools and private.
Travel: Will travel to perform in Scotland , and the UK
Prices: Storytelling from £40.00. Drama Workshops from £60.00 (2 hrs) per workshop leader. Performances from £300.00. Shadow Puppet Day Workshop from £520.00. All prices exclude travel, materials and accommodation if required and are intended as a guide. Terramundi is willing to discuss costs.
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YUGEN PUPPETS
Company:Yugen Puppet Company
Contact: Alison Monaghan
Address: 2 Fence Terrace,Tillietulem, Lesmahagow ML11 9PN
Tel: 01555 860805
Mob: 0779 6136377
Info: Puppet Shows and Puppet Workshops. All Types of Puppet
Yugen Puppets was formed in 1997 to retell Scottish fairy tales with storytelling, hand carved drift wood puppets, shadow puppets and music, primarily to 3-11 years of age. Alison Monaghan has over ten years of puppetry experience and offers workshops on puppet construction, manipulation and performance with various styles of puppets to schools, community groups and theatre companies as well as designing and making puppets for other companies and organisations including giant puppet for community events, installations and pageants. Latest show ‘Katherine and The Fairy Hill.’
Venues: Theatres, studios, halls, community and schools.
Travel: Scotland , UK , Overseas.
Prices: £150.00 – £200.00 per show, includes travel but not accommodation if required. Workshops normally £100 per session. Puppet making by commission.
PUPPET CENTRES (SCOTLAND)
THE SCOTTISH MASK & PUPPET CENTRE
8-10 Balcarres Avenue
Kelvindale
Glasgow G12 0QF
Tel: 0141 339 6185
Fax: 0141 576 0112
Email: Information Contact: Malcolm Knight (Honorary Secretary) or Sarah Lee (Centre Manager) Central information and advisory body for puppet theatre in Scotland. The Centre has a puppeteer in residence, a film and special effects maker and staff who can help and advise on puppetry in education and special needs. Professional performance projects, master classes, workshops and courses for children and adults, book sales, reference library, puppet training workshops, national and international files on puppet companies and organisations and links worldwide are all available. The Centre also hosts Personae-Mask and Puppet Books – a worldwide service to puppeteers and puppet centres (www.maskandpuppetbooks.co.uk or tel: 0141 576 0112) and houses Grant Mason Special Effects (0141 357 3757) for special commissions for film and television (i.e. Trainspotting, Shallow Grave, Taggart etc). Standing exhibition is open to the public Mon, Tue, Wed & Sat afternoons and at other times by appointment. Touring Exhibition ‘The Magic of Masks and Puppets’ is touring in England, Wales and Scotland 2000-02 to museums and galleries. (See Exhibition schedule).

Membership of the Garret Trust (Charity Reg: SCO14379) costs £10 (concession), £12.50 (ordinary), £20 (joint) and £35 (organisations) per annum.

 

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PUPPET FESTIVALS
European Folk Puppets: A Celebration
Contact: Dr. Malcolm Knight
Address: SMPC, 8-10 Balcarres Avenue, Kelvindale, Glasgow G12 0QF
Tel: 0141 339 6185
Email: Information
Website: www.scottishmaskandpuppetcentre.co.uk
This is a bi-annual festival organised in conjunction with Puppet Link and Dynamics International Puppet Festival in the West Midlands. In June 2005 the first celebration hosted Dom Roberto (Portugal), Andras (Hungary) and Dan Bishop’s Punch & Judy (England). In June 2007 the second celebration included Cengis Ozek Shadow Theatre (Turkey), Theater Tut I Tam (Russia) and Sokobauno Theatre (Scotland). The Festival always includes an integrated workshop and exhibition programme together with an international bookstall
THE PUPPET & ANIMATION FESTIVAL
Puppet Animation Festival
The Puppet Animation Festival is the UKs oldest and largest performing arts event for children and young people. Founded in 1984, the Festival has grown from 14 performances at the Netherbow in Edinburgh to the presentation each Easter of over 200 performances, workshops and films in more than 100 venues throughout Scotland. Each year over 16,000 people enjoy our programmes. Leading companies from the UK present productions alongside the work of the best ensembles from Europe and the USA. As a Scottish Arts Council core funded organisation the Festival is increasingly involved throughout the year in helping to develop Scotlands puppetry sector through advocacy and practical initiatives such as its Creative Development Through Rehearsal Fund for professional puppeteers. Over the next eighteen months the Festival will reshape its structure to reflect this growing role, while retaining the Festival itself at the core of its identity.
Contact:
Simon Hart, Festival Director
Puppet Animation Festival, Customs House, 35 Regent Quay, Aberdeen AB11 5BE.
Tel: 07901 561051
Email: Information
Website: www.puppetanimation.org
SCOTTISH PUPPET FESTIVAL LTD
8-10 Balcarres Avenue
Kelvindale
Glasgow G12 0QF
Tel: 0141 339 6185
Fax: 0141 357 4484
email: Information Chairman: Malcolm Knight
Occasional international festival for puppeteers and general public. The last Festival was held in Easter 1984, and since then the company has been dormant.
PUPPET THEATERS (SCOTLAND)
THE BIGGAR LITTLE THEATRE
Biggar Little Theatre
Broughton Road
Biggar ML12 6HA
Tel: 01899 20631
Contact: Jill & Ian Purves
A permanent Victorian style family theatre with a unique range of facilities for all kinds of puppetry, live theatre and miniature concerts. Approx 100 seats. Home base to Purves Puppets. Also offers puppet workshops with tea room. Puppet museum open since October 1993. Attractive grounds with large car park and only 28 miles from Edinburgh, 40 miles from Glasgow. Open 10am – 5pm daily. Please phone before visiting.
SMPC STUDIO THEATRE
8-10 Balcarres Avenue
Kelvindale
Glasgow G12 0QF
Tel: 0141 339 6185
Fax: 0141 357 4484
email: Information
Contact: Malcolm Knight (Honorary Secretary) or John Clarke (Development Officer)
A rectangle black box 16’ wide, 40’ long and 11’ high. Seats up to 80. Receiving venue for puppeteers and puppet companies. Ideal pilot space for new works. Master control room: 8-track recording studio, Micro 8 light desk, induction loop. Disabled access and facilities available.
The Venue is available for hire in the evenings and on Sundays and is a functional small rehearsal room. It has recently been used by Prime Productions and by Ian Turbitt’s Puppet Company.
Hire fees: Negotiable.
PUPPET MAKERS
GRANT MASON FX – MAKE-UP & SPECIAL EFFECTS
Contact: Grant Mason
Address: Scottish Mask & Puppet Centre, 8-10 Balcarres Avenue, Kelvindale, Glasgow G12 0QF.
Tel/Fax: 0141 357 3757
Email: Grant Mason FX
Web: www.grantmasonfx.com
Professional mould-making, prosthetics, foam latex creations, props, puppets and advertising for theatre, film and television.

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KEN BARNARD
Flat 10
Friary Court
Burton Street
Peterborough PE1 5AE
Tel: 01733 563 944
Traditional marionettes and hand-carved puppets. Individual commissions accepted with further details available on request. Ken Barnard is the Vice-President of the British Puppet and Model Theatre Guild with a life-time’s experience of performing and making. A national living treasure.

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PUPPET RETAIL OUTLETS
THE BIG TOP
45-49 King Street
Glasgow G1 5RA
Tel: 0141 552 7763
Hand and string puppets from Germany (Stieff), China etc. Also stock old fashioned toys, magic, face paints, juggling equipment and circus memorabilia.

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THE SENTRY BOX
175 Great George Street
Glasgow G12 8AQ
Tel: 0141 334 6070
Mostly Pelham marionettes and furry hand puppets.

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SCOTTISH MASK & PUPPET CENTRE
8-10 Balcarres Avenue
Kelvindale
Glasgow G12 0QF
Tel: 0141 339 6185
Fax: 0141 357 4484
email: Information Hand crafted hand puppets, shadow kits (Spanish), Commedia masks, badges, postcards and exhibition catalogues and new books. Shop currently under construction. NO OBJECTS FOR LOAN OR HIRE!

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PUPPETRY ORGANISATIONS
BrUNIMA
The British Centre of UNIMA (Union Internationale de la Marionette) issues a Newsletter four times a year and a Bulletin. It also distributes UNIMA Correo and holds a dossier of companies seeking engagements overseas which will be sent to organisers of foreign festivals. UNIMA has centres in most countries around the world and holds a Congress and Festival every four years. Founded in 1928 in Czechoslavkia, the current world centre of operations is in Charleville-Mezieres, France. Its aim is to promote international peace, friendship and understanding among nations by means of puppet theatre and related activities. Its structure is based on commissions: international, publications, young people etc. In 2006 it plans to publish a World Encyclopaedia of Puppetry Arts.
The cost of membership is £18 per annum.
Contact: Meg Amsden, Chair & Newsletter Editor, British UNIMA
email: meg@nutmeg525.freeserve.co.uk.
Tel: 01502 478525
Membership Secretary: Diana Bayliss.
email: diana@blackcat-theatre.co.uk.
Tel:
01535 637359
News and reviews: Eleanor Margolies, 3 Giles Road, Camberwell, London SE5 7RL.
email: eleanor@margolies.fsnet..co.uk
Tel:
020 7277 0571
Puppeteers UK (PUK)
National umbrella organisation of puppeteers and puppeteers organisations working on behalf of the artform with listing services for events including The Punch & Judy Fellowship, The College of Punch and Judy Professors, The British Puppet & Model Theatre Guild, British UNIMA. PuppetLink, The Puppet Centre Trust, SMPC, The Puppet & Animation Festival etc. PUK is a membership organisation with an annually renewable scheme. The website also includes news, forthcoming events, museums and links to all major organisations with individual details about puppeteers and puppet companies. Chairman: Clive Chandler
Contact: Ray Da Silva,
58 Shreen Way
Gillingham
Dorset SP8 4HT
Tel:01747 835 558
web site: www.puppeteersuk.com
British Puppet and Model Theatre Guild
The oldest U.K. national organisation dedicated to puppet and model theatre founded in April 1925. BPMTG publishes The Puppet Master journal twice yearly and a bi-monthly newsletter. It organises performances, events and workshops on a regional basis and holds an annual festival at Buxton, Derbyshire every July. The Guild Collection of Puppets and Archive is held by the Theatre Museum in Covent GardeZ.
Annual membership scheme: Class A Full Membership £14p.a; Class B Fully Retired £10p.a. Junior (under 16 years) £10p.a. Group or Family Membership: £20p.a.
Contact: Peter Charlton, Chairman
email: Peter@peterpuppet.co.uk
web site: www.puppetguild.org.uk
The Puppet Centre Trust

Puppet Centre Trust
The PCT was founded in 1974 to support and advocate the art form of puppetry and the needs of British puppeteers. The Centre exists as a practical resource centre and agency for all forms of puppetry.
The PCTs objective is to develop the practice of puppetry, provide services for puppeteers and to increase the accessibility, awareness and practice of puppetry, in collaboration with other relevant organisations.
The PCT runs a bi-monthly web magazine Animations Online and organises workshops and seminars alongside national and international practitioners. We have an extensive library of specialist books, slides and videos and a historic collection of puppets. The PCT works with schools and local art groups to give children and the wider community the opportunity to experience and participate in puppetry making and performance.
The PCT plans to work as a national development agency for the art form, focussing on providing training workshops and master classes, a forum for discussion and debate and a programme of art form development activity.

Tel:020 7228 5335, Fax: 020 7228 5335
Contact: Penny Francis (Hon Secretary)
The Puppet Centre Trust BAC Lavender Hill London SW11 5TN
email: pct@puppetcentre.demon.co.uk
website: www.puppetcentre.com
London School of Puppetry
The London School of Puppetry was the first organisation to establish formal training in puppetry in the UK in 1987- starting off as the Puppetry Summer School. We run long and short courses and the Professional Puppeteers Diploma (accredited by Middlesex University) Courses are designed to serve all aspects of the puppetry profession and to enhance and develop the practice of puppetry.
Tel: 01756 753495, 0207 3597357
email: info@londonschoolofpuppetry.com Midlands Puppet Forum
The Midlands Puppet Forum represents the interests of all aspects of puppetry in the Midlands region and is connected to a network of puppeteers and puppetry enthusiasts worldwide.
Contact:
Jim Morris
69 Petersfield Road Birmingham B28 0AU tel/fax 0121 777 1488
email: puppets@artgames.co.ukPuppetLink
PuppetLink is an arts organisation, based in the West Midlands and funded by Arts Council England to develop and promote puppetry in the region. It is based on a consortium of five professional companies who between perform to a quarter of a million people a year in a wide variety of settings, including festivals, theatre venues, and schools. As well as touring their own numerous productions, the members PuppetLink organise a number of annual festivals, and regularly travel to festivals in many lands.
Contact: PuppetLink Ltd, Punchs Oak, Cleobury Rd., Far Forest, Worcestershire DY14 9EB.
Tel: 01299 266634
email: enquiries@puppetlink.co.uk

 

The Punch & Judy College of Professors

The Punch & Judy College of Professors is your gateway to the world of leading Punch and Judy performers in the UK and the Punch & Judy tradition. The Punch and Judy Show has a long and colourful history so step inside the little wooden world of Old Red Nose (as Mr. Punch is known among friends) and find out why generations of fans have been “as pleased as Punch” by his flamboyant disregard of convention and why he still convulses his audiences with laughter as he moves gleefully into the 21st Century. Here you can find out the history of Mr. Punch and his wife Judy, have some current Punch and Judy myths exploded, post a question on the Punchlines Message Board, meet some of Punch’s overseas cousins, visit the College shop, read the Slapstick Symposium papers, subscribe to a free online newsletter and learn what the Punch & Judy College of Professors has done to celebrate the centuries-long career of the red nosed star of the show. As Mr. Punch himself puts it “That’s The Way To Do It!”
Contact: Glynn Edwards
Tel: 01299 266634
website: www.punchandjudy.org

The Punch and Judy Fellowship The Fellowship aims to preserve and promote the traditions and skills associated with the presentation of the Punch and Judy Show. It seeks to improve and maintain standards of performance, and to encourage public appreciation of the show thereby ensuring that it continues into the future.
You can apply for membership of The Punch and Judy Fellowship by contacting the Secretary and sending your postal address. He will forward the necessary application forms.
If accepted you will be informed of the method of payment. Current rates are £5 joining fee with an Annual subscription of £20 (overseas) or £12 (UK). We can accept US dollar cheques.
Members receive bi-monthly issues of our PJF NEWSHEET. Our AGM and Punch and Judy Festival is held in October each year. Time and venue will be posted on the site. If you would like to know more about us or would like to join the P.J.F. please write to: Prof. Paul Jackson, Hon. Secretary. 123 Newbury Gardens, Stoneleigh, Epsom, Surrey, KT19 0PR
email: jacksons123newbury@lineone.net
website: www.punchandjudy.com/pjf DaSilva Secondhand and Antiquarian Puppet BooksYou will find books here relating to all aspects of Puppet Theatre including Punch and Judy, Shadow Play and Model (Toy) Theatre. Here are books on Puppet Theory, its History, Construction Methods, Performing Techniques; the uses of puppetry in Education, Therapy etc and Puppetry Worldwide. Ray Da Silva has the most extensive new and used catalogues with the best prices and a guaranteed personal service with same day response. The one-stop shop for puppet books and puppet memorabilia.
Contact: Ray Da Silva,
58 Shreen Way
Gillingham
Dorset SP8 4HT
Tel: 01869 245793
Email: Information
web site: www.puppetbooks.co.uk
Personae – Mask and Puppet New Books
A new web site housed at Scottish Mask & Puppet Centre supplying new puppet books worldwide (formerly operated by Ray DaSilva). There are books on every aspect of theory and practice, education and therapy, magic and ventriloquism. This is an open-source site with a shopping cart and front cover book illustrations (enlargeable) with detailed synopses of publications.
Contact: Malcolm Knight or Sarah Lee, 10 Balcarres Avenue, Kelvindale, Glasgow G12 0QF.
Tel & Fax: 0141 576 0112.
Email: Malcolm Knight
web site: www.maskandpuppetbooks.co.uk
PUPPETRY RESOURCES
BIGGAR PUPPET THEATRE MUSEUM
Contact: Jill and Ian Purves
Address: Broughton Road, Biggar, South Lanarkshire, ML12 6HA
Tel: 01899 220531
Email: Purves Puppets
Website: www.purvespuppets.comThe Museum is attached to the theatre and has a wide selection of figures including a group of Victorian Marionettes and their backcloths from the Barnard troupe. Other figures on display include those from Eric Bramall, Ray DaSilva, Waldo Lanchester, Stan Parker, John Thirtle and Fred Tickner. Of special interest is a model of a Fantoccini show constructed by Harry Whanslaw and Waldo Lanchester, and also large rod figures for Barbar the Elephant by Mary Shillabeer.
The museum is open at performance times, but its best to telephone ahead of time.
SCOTTISH MASK & PUPPET CENTRE MUSEUM
Contact: Dr. Malcolm Knight, Curator of Collections
Address: 8 Balcarres Avenue, Kelvindale, Glasgow G12 0QF
Tel: 0141 339 6185
Email: Scottish Mask & Puppet Centre
Website: www.scottishmaskandpuppetcentre.co.uk
SMPC has a permanent exhibition of puppets from around the world in its foyer/cafe area. This includes the Pak Asep Sunander Sunarya Collection of wayang goleks from Java; the Miles Lee Marionettes; the Ken Barnard Collection of Puppets and Marionettes; a range of giant puppets and head masks from the Caricature Collection (1964-84); and masks from the Malcolm Knight Collection.
Of special interest is a 300 year old dissecting skeleton, two Burmese temple marionettes circa 1830, and a Japanese bunraku figure circa 1727-34. Other figures in the collection include those by Harry Bell, Fred Tickner, Jane Phillips, Mahipat Kavi, Olivia Hopkins, Iain Smith, Lou Bunin and also the Collection of Dr. Iain Morrison.
There is also the infamous crawling baby from the film
Trainspotting and the animatronic Morag the Highland Cow from the BBC television series Fully Booked plus a wide range of figures made by Grant Mason FX Effects. In addition the Centre has two touring exhibitions available for hire by museums and galleries: The Magic of Masks and Puppets and Behind The Mask.
SHARMANKA KINETIC GALLERY
Contact: Tatiana Jakovskaya
Address: 64 Osborne Street, Glasgow G1 5QH
Tel: 0141 552 7080
Email:
Website: www.sharmanka.com
Info: Unique venue for Russian hurdy-gurdy kinetic exhibition by sculptor Edouard Bersudsky and theatre director, Tatyana Jakovskaya. Hundreds of carved figures and pieces of old scrap perform a choreography to haunting music and synchronised light, telling tragic stories of the human spirit as it struggles against reality and death. Performances on Thursday and Sunday at 7pm; Sunday matinees for families with children at 3pm. Free performances/workshops for schools and community groups. Also offer Sharmanka Travelling Circus for touring to museums and art galleries.
Venues: Own dedicated space opposite St. Enochs Centre.
Prices: Tickets to exhibition £4/ Concession £3/Children under 16- free (max. 2 per adult)
THE WORLD THROUGH WOODEN EYES
Contact: John M.Blundall or Stephen Foster
Address: The Glasgow Room, Mitchell Library, North Street, Glasgow G3 7DN
Tel: 0141 278 2941
Email: info@theworldthroughwoodeneyes.co.uk
Website: The World Through Wooden EyesInfo: A permanent exhibition of puppets from around the world by John M. Blundall including puppets from the Cannonhill Puppet Theatre accompanied by library, paintings, prints and artefacts.Opening Hours: 1pm-5pm Mon-Fri.