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Pulling the strings for Skipton’s Puppet Festival
11:00am Saturday 21st September 2013 in News
England’s largest puppet festival returns to the streets of Skipton next weekend.
The fifth Skipton International Puppet Festival will offer puppetry for everyone – from a spectacular puppet parade featuring giant flora and fauna to shows for a tiny audience inside The Little Fawn, a puppet theatre caravan with seating for just 12.
“This is our most international festival to date, with 11 out of the 30 companies heading to Skipton coming from Europe,” said the festival’s co-director Liz Lempen. “It’s the most unusual, quirky, funny, inspiring puppet theatre festival for families in the UK. We’re delighted that it’s once again proving itself to be one of Skipton’s most popular events - tickets are flying out of the door and for us that’s the proof in the pudding.”
Once again, the festival hub will be in Skipton’s Coach Street car park where marquees will be erected.
And it is there that the festival will be launched next Friday, September 27, at 6pm, with taster performances from German, Dutch and the UK artists.
There will be shows throughout the weekend, with highlights including slapstick glove puppetry from German company Biting Breads, the tale of a sad tree, a hungry tortoise and acute bushbaby from Norwegian company Levende Dukker, which is aimed at toddlers, and a more experimental slapstick show for the grown-ups, called Les Hommes Vides, from Yorkshire-based Invisible Thread.
In addition, there will be the usual favourites like Punch and Judy - in their traditional form and as a giant version wandering the streets.
Sunday’s main event will be the parade through the streets of Skipton, starting outside Ermysted’s Grammar School on Gargrave Road at noon.
Among the giant puppets on show will be some made by local people in a series of puppetmaking workshops, led by Hebden Bridge’s puppetmakers Handmade Parade.
The Herald will publish the full listings next week, but meanwhile they are available from skiptonpuppetfestival.co.uk. To book your tickets, call the box office on 07866 810986.
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