Puppet Animation Festival 2019

Mon 8th, Mon 15th, Wed 17th & Thurs 18th April 2019
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Puppet Animation Festival is the UK’s largest performing arts event for children, with a diverse programme of events for children between the ages of 0-12. The festival has run continuously since 1984, and in 2017 featured almost 140 events in over 30 venues, all across Scotland. 

This year, the Drill Hall will be hosting a performance of Oscar and the Highland Castle (15th) and two Funky Puppet Making workshops (17th & 18th)! See below for more details and tickets:

Puppet Animation Festival is produced by Puppet Animation Scotland who champion visual theatre, puppetry and animation in Scotland.

Drawing on Film Animation Workshop (recommended 8 – 13 years)
Monday 8th April, 9.30am (2 hours)
Tickets: Free (please pre-book!)
*Please note: children must be be supervised by an adult during the workshop
Eventbrite - PAF 2019 Oscar & The Highland Castle - Mon 15th April, 2pm

Ideal for young people aged 8 – 13years.

A fun workshop involving the art of hand drawn animation and DIY film-making. In this two hour workshop, we will explore basic concepts of animation and sound recording. Participants can draw visuals and record sound to capture their own soundtrack, participants will create their own animated films while learning about the process of film-making at the same time. No previous experience in film-making or animation is necessary to attend.

This workshop leads to an opportunity to participate in the follow-on workshop by Cucinema.

Oscar and The Highland Castle (4+)
Monday 15th April, 2pm (50 minutes)
Tickets: £4 adult/£3 child (+ booking fee)

Eventbrite - PAF 2019 Oscar & The Highland Castle - Mon 15th April, 2pm

It’s 1307. Scotland and its armies lie defeated, the country is occupied, and the people have lost their hero. Robert the Bruce has fled for his life and is hiding from the relentless English soldiers searching for him…

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. Myseriously 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 char, by one of the country’s leading companies, using a combination of ultraviolet effects, shadow puppetry and Scottish music to weave a charming and magical story for all ages.

“A truly magical performance that left everyone desperate for Oscar’s return.” — Teacher, South Lanarkshire Small Schools.


Funky Puppet Making Workshop (3+)
Wednesday 17th April, 11am
(90 minutes) [SOLD OUT]

Thursday 18th April, 12.30pm (90 minutes) [SPACES STILL AVAILABLE]
Tickets: £4 adult/£3 child (+ booking fee)
*Please note: children must be be supervised by an adult during the workshop
Eventbrite - PAF 2019 Funky Puppet Making Workshop

Come along and join the Puppet-Stew crew for some creative school holiday fun, all ages and abilities are welcome. You will make your very own rod puppet from colourful bits and bobs, 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. Wild imaginations and crazy creativity are totally encouraged!

Scottish theatre company Puppet Stew has been providing puppet making and performance workshops for over 14 years across the UK, providing fun, exciting, therapeutic and inspirational learning experiences in schools, community groups, festivals, gala days, care centres, corporate events, creches, young carers groups, and just about anywhere else you can think of!

“It’s amazing what our kids created in such a short time in the middle of a Field! It was their favourite thing in the whole of Glastonbury!” — Participant’s parent.


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