The Puppet Animation Festival will return to venues across East Lothian this spring, as the region plays host to 8 puppet theatre companies and, for the first time, 2 puppet workshops. The Puppet Animation Festival, which began in 1984, is now the UK’s oldest and largest performing arts event for children, young people and their families. Each year more than 150 events are held in over 50 venues. Events will be taking place across Scotland including East Lothian, with performances taking place in local community venues in Musselburgh, Haddington, North Berwick, Longniddry and Dunbar.
The following performances are taking place in East Lothian: In Musselburgh, Puppet Animation Scotland’s Animated Short Films: Family Treats, a selection of funny, delightful short animated films for children and their families, and Storybox Theatre’s 3 Pigs returns to send magic up the spines of piglets, sows and boars of all ages. In Haddington, Faux Theatre presents Celeste’s Circus for babies and young children, a first trip for wee ones to experience and enjoy the magic of the big top, and one of England’s best known companies, Lempen Puppet Theatre Company presents Little Frankenstein, a gentle horror for little horrors and a treat not to be missed. North Berwick plays host to Pitschi, The Kitten With Dreams adapted from Hans Fischer’s award-winning picture book and created by festival newcomers, Komedia, a charming production full of humour, song and adventure. In Longniddry, Over The Top Puppet Company’s Willie The Wicked Wolf is an outrageous but loveable rogue who plans to eat Granny and Red Riding Hood but fails miserably because of his unreliable motorbike. Dunbar will be welcoming Puppet Lab’s brand new show, Twitawoo, which brings to life a host of funny and mischievous Scottish woodland creatures to share their adventures; and Eco Drama presents The Worm: An Underground Adventure, a story about a family of friendly, musical worms and their colourful miniature world. This year, for the first time, puppet making workshops will take place as part of the festival in Haddington. Magical Miniature Marvels with Angus Arts, use a fabulous mix of materials and methods to make a marvellous miniature theatre and Puppets! Puppets! Puppets! with Puppet-Stew, children can make their very own rod puppet to take home with hours of imaginative play lying ahead.
Tickets are priced at family friendly rates and are available from Brunton Theatre’s box office on 0131 665 2240 or online at www.bruntontheatre.co.uk. Tickets will also be available at venues one hour before performances. For full details of what’s on across Scotland at this year’s Puppet Animation Festival go to www.puppetanimationfestival.org