Puppet Animation Festival 2018

Monday 9th - Wednesday 11th April 2018
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 from the 9th – 11th April.



Conan And The Dragon (Puppet Show)
Monday 9th April, 2pm (45 minutes)
Ages 4+
Adult £4 / Child/Concession £3 / Family ticket: 2 Adults + 2 Children – £10
Online sales have now ended. Tickets available at the door – cash only

A traditional Scottish tale about a young hero called Conan, who against all odds, manages to defeat and banish a dragon from his village, in the far away forgotten regions of Scotland.

Told with hand crafted puppets and striking shadow silhouettes and an original musical soundtrack, Yugen Puppet Company re-tells the story in its own unique and humorous way. A heart-warming tale for the whole family.

Yugen Puppet Theatre’s founder and director Alison Monaghan has over twenty years of experience as a performer, puppeteer, director, puppet designer and maker and illustrator, also working with the National Theatre of Scotland, the Leicester Haymarket Theatre and Vision Mechanics. Alison’s work with her company is inspired and informed by Scotland’s rich source of folk tales and stories.

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

Make ‘n’ Take Puppet Works  (Puppet Workshop) 
Tuesday 10th April, 10am (90 minutes)
Suitable for all ages
Adult £4 / Child/Concession £3 / Family ticket: 2 Adults + 2 Children – £10

Kids of all ages and abilities are invited to let their imaginations run wild, in Puppet-Stew’s legendary puppet making workshops! What will YOU make!?

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, which 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.

Puppet-Stew has been providing puppet making and performance workshops for over 14 years throughout the UK. We provide fun, exciting, therapeutic and inspirational workshops to schools, community groups, festivals, gala days, care centres, corporate events, crèches, young carers groups, wedding crèches, adult and teenager ‘break the ice’ sessions and really, anywhere else that you can think of!

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! – Parents, Glastonbury Festival.

Tricky – A Fairy Story (Performance & Puppet Workshop)
Wednesday 11th April, 11am (1.30hrs)
15 minute show
15 minute interactive talk
1 hour making workshop

Ages 4 – 9
Adult £4 / Child/Concession £3 / Family ticket: 2 Adults + 2 Children – £10

Have you ever met a fairy? They’re shape-shifters and mischief makers! Puck is the youngest and cheekiest of the fairies. How will he react when the Fairy Queen takes in a human baby?

Tricky is a one woman show, where hands move in unusual ways to create shape-shifting fairies. Using handmade puppets, it tells the story of Puck, a baby fairy vying for attention and learning to share. A story about tricks, patience and love. Then, learn about puppetry in an interactive demonstration. Participants will have a go, interacting with the puppets and help to make them move!

We are very pleased to welcome Glasgow-based NUDGE Puppets to Puppet Animation Festival for the first time.



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.  If you have any problems purchasing tickets, please call 0131 555 7131. Please note that refunds are not available. 



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