Puppet Animation Festival 2020 [POSTPONED]

Monday 13th - Friday 17th April 2020

The Puppet Animation Festival returns with a mix of performances and workshops.

Tickets: £4 adult / £3 child (per show)
Location: The Rehearsal Room, The Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh EH6 8RG


Puppet workshop

Monday 13th April, 11am POSTPONED TO TBC AUTUMN 2020
Ages: 8 to 12
Duration: 2 hours

A crankie is an old-fashioned storytelling artform that uses long illustrated scrolls, loaded into a box and hand cranked as a story is narrated.

Characters are depicted by shadow puppetry and the revolving scenery is back lit by a simple light source.

There will be five stages to the workshop – story development, theatre building, scenic illustrating, puppet making and a scratch performance. Crankies and shadow puppets can be easy, quick and inexpensive to make. The materials used in this workshop will predominantly be upcycled rubbish – cardboard boxes, used wrapping paper and single use plastics. Participants are required to bring their own cardboard box of any size. Grown-ups accompanying children are very welcome.

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Puppet show

Tuesday 14 April, 2pm POSTPONED TO TBC AUTUMN 2020
Ages: 4+
Duration: 50 min.

Welcome to Dame Gothel’s garden where you can let your hair down with Rapunzel. Narrated by a wonderful frog, this adaptation has all the elements of the traditional tale…the witch, the beautiful girl locked in a tall tower and, of course, the handsome prince who attempts to save Rapunzel…

With specially recorded music, beautifully made rod puppets, and Steve Smart’s masterly puppetry skills, this is a show that will be enjoyed by adults and children alike.

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Very Mild Peril


Wednesday 15 April, 2pm POSTPONED TO TBC AUTUMN 2020
Ages: 4+
Duration: 45 min.

Enter a surreal and wildly funny world of peril and tension and come out laughing. Help where you can, as your host HAZMAT plays dangerously onstage with what is, and what is not, creating and playing with situations of Very Mild Peril. Those eggs will surely break… That tower is going to fall over… That will never work!

Play a part in making the impossible visible and visible possible. An interactive theatre show designed so that we can all find our way through together. A series of interactive stories of tension and peril told non-verbally, through visual theatre, clowning, live music, visual puzzles games and objects that have a life of their own…oh, and a little magic.

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Capturing Creativity

Animation workshop

Friday 17th April, 11am POSTPONED TO TBC AUTUMN 2020
Ages: 8 to 16
Duration: 4 hours

Explore animation and sound in this fun workshop for children aged 8-16. Workshop participants will get the opportunity to explore sound for the Moving Image by creatng their own compositions. Using hand crank music boxes participants will create melodies by punching holes in blank music sheets, which will then feed through a music box and recorded to create the soundtracks for our short films. As for the animation, we will experiment with a variety of traditional animation techniques, including zoetrope, rostrum plan, sand on glass, cut out, object and hand drawn, creating short sequences and animated loops.

By the end of the workshop each participant will have created and produced their very own Animated Short!

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