Puppet Shows in April

Monday 7th April - Friday 25th April 2014

The Puppet and Animation Festival www.puppetanimationfestival.org, the UK’s oldest and largest performing arts festival for children, is here again at the Out of the Blue Drill Hall in Leith.
We are delighted to be hosting another 3 fabulous shows and a free puppet making workshop for all ages.

Also, on 25th April Jabuti Theatre will be performing their puppet show MyCity, a bilingual storytelling with found objects, physical theatre and music for children aged 5+ and their families. There will also be a workshop in the afternoon where the children can create puppets and musical instruments from recycled objects.
The puppet show tickets are £4.00 Child and £6.00 Adult (includes online booking fee) and the workshops are free, however preregistration is essential.

Schools/Nurseries discounts available


Puppet Animation Festival – Puppet Show
Alberts Amazing Acrobatic Flea Circus – Sokobauno Puppet Theatre (Ages 4+)
Monday 7th April 2014
2pm (40 minutes)
£6 Adult / £4 Child

Eventbrite - The Magic Horse - PAF 2013

Fifi and Finbar are two of the star attractions in this mesmerising hoo-ha. Witness their bizarre feats of strength, death defying stunts, brilliant balancing and jovial jumping, effortlessly performed before your very eyes. But a dark cloud descends across the circus tent as the troupe prepare for their biggest ever night – Fifi and Finbar have disappeared! And just moments before they are due to perform for the queen of the flea circus, Petit Polly. With the help of the audience and a very special magnifying glass the show must go on!

Performed using a purpose built chapiteau, with inspiring original music, amazing puppetry and ingenious slight of hand, prepare to be enthralled and dumbfounded!

Sokobauno was formed in 2004 by puppeteer and performer Shane Connolly. Shane has worked with many theatre companies in the UK and abroad, including Scottish Opera, Visible Fictions.

40 minutes of pure puppetry genius – Director, Skipton Puppet Festival




Puppet Animation Festival – Puppet Show
Two Can Toucan – The Folding Theatre Puppet Company (Ages 3+)
Tuesday 8th April 2014
2pm (Duration 40min)
£6 Adult / £4 Child

Puppeteer Iain Halket brings all the fun and mayhem of the Toucan’s journey to find an identity and a name for himself. The show is staged in a lively and colourful style which will appeal to young children who might not have experienced live theatre before.
Over the past ten years Folding Theatre’s productions have been an important part of the Puppet Animation Festival’s programmes throughout Scotland.

An Engaging Storyteller…ably assisted by a cast of beautifully-made puppets – The Scotsman



Puppet Animation Festival – Puppet Show
The Little Princess Goldtree – Yugen Puppet Company (Ages 4+)
Wednesday 9th April 2014
10.30am (45 minutes)
£6 Adult / £4 Child

Eventbrite - Rapunzel - PAF 2013

A wicked stepmother, a beautiful princess and an all knowing, all seeing magical trout – just the ingredients needed for a fairy tale.

This Scottish version of Snow White, is told with hand carved puppets, striking shadow silhouettes and traditional story-telling, with an original soundtrack accompaniment.

Yugen Puppet Company was set up in 1997, aiming to celebrate Scotland’s rich heritage of traditional stories through their retelling with skilful puppetry and magical, animated shadow theatre. Alison Monaghan has over twenty years of experience as a performer, puppeteer, puppet designer and maker, director and illustrator working with, among others, the National Theatre of Scotland, the MacRobert Arts Centre, Stirling, the Leicester Haymarket Theatre, and most recently Gerry Mulgrew’s production of Tam O’Shanter.

Alison Monaghan is most skilled at making her puppets come alive within her charming and imaginative productions – Highland News




Puppet Animation Festival – Workshop
Puppet Making Workshop – Puppet Stew (All ages, under 7’s accompanied by an adult)
Thursday 10th April 2014
2pm – 3.30pm
Free entry – Preregistration required

Eventbrite - Instant Puppets Workshop - PAF 2013

Let your imaginations run wild in this fun and enjoyable workshop.

Children of all ages and abilities are encouraged to get creative and make any character they wish from a huge array of bright, colourful, furry, fuzzy and shiny bits and bobs. Participants will be shown how to manipulate their rod puppets and naturally will be free to take their masterpieces home after the workshop.

Puppet-Stew has been running its successful and enjoyable puppet making workshops throughout the UK for the past twelve years, encouraging children and adults of all ages and abilities to make amazing creations!

We all loved having Puppet-Stew visit our classroom. My puppet that I made was really good and I am going to make some more at home! – Susan, Workshop Participant



Jabuti Theatre – Puppet Show
My City (Ages 5+)
Friday 25th April 2014
11am (50 minutes)
£6 Adult / £4 Child

Eventbrite - Rapunzel - PAF 2013

My City tells the story of two characters, Soledad and Eibhleann, who speak different languages. One Gaelic, one Spanish. Eibhleann lives quietly in a crumbling dystopia; her surroundings are plastic rubbish which she collects, sorts and places neatly around her. When the chaotic and wild Soledad interrupts her order with her babbling Spanish tales of exciting adventure their two worlds collide. But, in each other they see hope for their desire to change, this world and themselves. Using visual images to share each others stories they overcome the obstacle of words and embrace the beauty and brokenness of their environment; building a friendship and a home.

This visual storytelling for children aged 5+ looks at our environment and explores alternative ways of communication using puppetry, objects and acrobatics alongside an original score inspired by Gaelic and Latin music and culture.



Jabuti Theatre – Workshop
My City (Ages 5+)
Friday 25th April 2014
2pm – 4pm

Eventbrite - Instant Puppets Workshop - PAF 2013

Following on from the morning performance of My City, this workshop will allow the children to create puppets and musical instruments from recycled objects, emphasizing the importance of reuse and recycling.




Please note that online ticket sales will close 24 hours before the event and any remaining tickets will be available on the door, cash only, and subject to availability. We do not post out tickets – just bring the debit/credit card with which you purchased the tickets or your paypal transaction reference number if payment is made with paypal funds. If you have any problems purchasing tickets, please  call 0131 555 7131.

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