Puppet Animation Festival

edit.jpgExperts in Short Trousers (performance)

Wednesday 5th April, 11am

Cultured Mongrel

Duration: 50 mins

Ages: 5 years +

Imagine. You’re six years old and you are on your way to a theatre.

As you get close you notice something isn’t quite right.

There’s been a disaster, an alien crash landing!

As you almost trip over a body you squeal.

It squeals.

You jump.

It jumps.

And so it begins.

Blending contemporary dance and hip-hop styles with live percussion, Cultured Mongrel Dance Theatre present Experts In Short Trousers – a thrilling alien adventure for all the family which celebrates the knowledge young primary school children already have.

Please note this is a promenade performance and the audience will need to move locations during the show.


Zoomasaurus The Zoom Club.jpgPaper Puppets: Cut-out animation workshop

Wednesday 12th April, 10.30am

The Zoom Club

Duration: 2hrs

Ages: 5-8yrs

Getting snipping as we chop and change paper characters and create an animated film using paper people and stop-motion techniques to help them leap into life!

Fusing hands-on making with digital technology, this workshop will help participants understand the basics of animation and see the human body and its abilities in a new way. Participants will play with scale, paper collage and drawing to morph and manipulate their paper creations and bring them to life with stop-motion animation techniques and technology. All equipment and materials provided.


unspecified.jpgHead in the Clouds (early years performance)

Thursday 13th April, 11am

IpDip Theatre

Duration: 40 mins

Ages: 0-5 years

Cirrus the dog has a serious job: he has to keep watch on the sheep. What to do when they lose themselves, drifting amongst the dancing clouds? How can he help these woolly-headed dreamers get back down to earth?

Designed for 0-5 year olds and their families to enjoy together, this is theatre that surrounds with sound, touch and visual treats. Guided by the performers, all audience members are invited to help create the atmosphere and landscape of the story. A series of boxes are opened to reveal objects that, in their sharing, become part of the action – and there’s always time to explore things at the end too.

Inspired by the poetry of William Wordsworth and the landscape of Cumbria, the writing is lyrical and rhythmic; intended for those with words as well as those without.


unspecified.jpgThe Little Fawn Caravan (performance)

Friday 14th April, 10.30am, 12noon, 2.30pm, 4pm

Sokobauno Theatre

Duration: 22 mins

Ages: 4 years +

The Little Fawn adopt miniature theatre techniques, shadow cuts and original music to help re-imagine this classic of fairy-tales. For this new show the interior of the caravan is transformed into a magical forest environment creating a special immersive experience for our audiences from the moment they enter the space.

Our version is taken from one of the earliest iterations of the story, with new characters and some unfamiliar twists. As well as original music written for clarinet and percussion The little Fawn have also explored new paper theatre techniques and animated shadow sequences to create a visually rich experience.