Puppet Animation Festival 2015

Thursday 9th April - Friday 17th April 2015
Various Times

The Puppet Animation Festival (www.puppetanimationfestival.org), the UK’s oldest and largest performing arts festival for children, returns to the Drill Hall with three puppet shows and two puppet workshops.

Puppet Animation Festival – Puppet Show 

Jabberwocky – The Folding Theatre Company (Ages 5+)

Thursday 9th April 2015
10.30am (45 minutes)
£6 Adult / £4 Child

Eventbrite - PAF 2015 Jabberwocky - Thurs 9th April 10.30am

An evil prince is ruining the kingdom. He taxes the people something rotten! To make matters worse, a plague of monsters has descended on the poor, benighted people. Something has to be done!

It falls to Quentin (somewhat gormless) to track and slay the Jabberwock. If only he had heeded his fathers warnings. But then Quentin is doing it all for the love of his beloved Cynthia.

But the prince has designs of his own on the beautiful Cynthia.

Will Quentin survive his quest? Will the prince marry Cynthia? Or will the fearsome Jabberwock eat the whole kingdom?

“an engaging storyteller…ably assisted by a cast of beautifully-made puppets” – ROGER COX, The Scotsman.



Puppet Animation Festival – Workshop 

Magical Miniature Marvels – Puppet Making Workshop (Ages 5+)

All ages – under 8’s accompanied
Thursday 9th April 2015
2pm (2 hours)
£6 Adult / £4 Child

Eventbrite - PAF 2015 Magical Miniature Marvels W'shop - Thurs 9th April 2pm


Using a fabulous array of materials and methods create delightful, daring, charming and champion, amazing, astonishing miniature puppets. Create your own scenery, sound effects, music and lighting. Help your puppets perform stunning short shows in our magical miniature theatres.

“Your passion, creativity and enthusiasm made our Pink Tent a really special place for children and adults alike.” – Marie Baer, Assistant Producer, BBC in Edinburgh

“We had heard so much about how wonderful Angus Arts is and the workshop was really fantastic.” – Carlogie Fun Club


Puppet Animation Festival – Puppet Show 

Celeste’s Circus – Faux Theatre (Ages 0 – 5)

Tuesday 14th April 2015
10.30am  (35 minutes)
£6 Adult / £4 Child 

Eventbrite - PAF 2015 Celeste’s Circus - Tues 14th April 10.30am


Come join the circus! A first trip for wee ones into the magic of the big top. Thrills and spills, ooh’s and ahh’s. Celeste invites you to applaud a hilarious high-wire hippo, a crafty cat and to fall in love with an endearing seal performing for paper fish. A real joy to watch, with a delightful retro feel. Beautifully made. Enchantingly performed. Specifically designed for babies and young children. 

“Has the children wide-eyed from the start…oozes creativity and a quiet Gallic charm.” – Primary Times.

 “I liked the show. I liked the happy face. My brother (15 months) loved the bubbles the best !” – Sylvie, 4yrs




Puppet Animation Festival – Puppet Show 

Oscar and the Highland Castle – Mousetale Puppets (Ages 4+)

Tuesday 14th April 2015
2pm (50 minutes)
£6 Adult / £4 Child

Eventbrite - PAF 2015 Oscar and the Highland Castle - Tues 14th April 2pm

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Ages: 4+/family

Answering a call for help, Oscar the mouse leaves his attic home and heads for Loch Ness where he finds Incy Wincy Spider among the ruins of an old castle. Mysteriously swept back in time, Oscar joins Incy’s campaign to free the castle from English rule and restore Scotland’s independence!

Here, one of Scotland’s most evocative folk tales is imaginatively re-told with wit and charm, using a combination of ultraviolet effects, shadow puppetry and catchy, upbeat music. A truly memorable and inspirational performance.

“Children, teachers and staff were delighted with the Oscar and the Highland Castle show. The show was equally suited to all ages and thoroughly enjoyed by all. Everyone loved meeting the puppets at the end and the music you played.” – Dundee City Council Libraries



Puppet Animation Festival – Puppet Workshop 

Puppets, Puppets, Puppets! Workshop – Puppet-Stew Scotland

All ages – under 8’s accompanied
Friday 17th April 2015
2 hours
£6 Adult / £4 Child 

Eventbrite - PAF 2015 Puppets, Puppets, Puppets! W'shop  - Fri 17th April 10.30am

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Come along and join the Puppet-Stew crew for some creative school holiday fun. During the workshop you will make you very own rod puppet, that you can then take home with you. Hours of imaginative play lie ahead, as you make up stories, songs and scenarios with your fabulous new puppet.

“Hi Noona, great to see you back at Glasto again…as usual, it was our kid’s favourite thing in the ‘Whole of Glastonbury’ ! Just counting, and we now have a family of 16 puppets made over the years! Hope to see you again next year!” – Parent at Glastonbury Festival.



Puppet Animation Festival – Puppet Show 

Twitawoo – Puppet Lab/Vision Mechanics

Ages 4 – 8
Friday 24th April 2015
50 min
School Groups only – Please contact marketing@outoftheblue.org.uk for more information.


Owl, Badger, Squirrel, Pine Marten and friends all live in the woods. They love it there and they especially love Gerry, the Forest Ranger, who has a hard time looking after them and managing the forest.

Twitawoo is a brand new show from Puppet Lab, which brings to life a host of fabulous Scottish woodland creatures. Funny and mischievous, the forest friends share their adventures and invite you to help them look after their home. A perfect show for 4–8 year olds.




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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