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P U P PETRY festival

11-13 October 2019

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TUNBRIDGE WELLS PUPPETRY FESTIVAL 2019 FRIDAY 11 – SUNDAY 13 OCTOBER The biggest and best Tunbridge Wells Puppetry Festival yet, featuring theatre, talks, film, an exhibition, free outdoor shows and workshops, plus an array of international artists appearing in the UK for the first time.

TICKETING INFORMATION

Tickets are available through Trinity Theatre: www.trinitytheatre.net. Save 10% when you book for 2 or more TWPF shows (please note: there is a £2 booking fee). Visit or call the box office: 01892 678 678 open Monday to Saturday, 10am–3pm. The exception is Touched Theatre: Little Monster (tickets available through the Assembly Hall Theatre: www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk or call the box office: 01892 530 613). Timings and venues correct at time of going to press but are subject to change. For the most up-to-date programme, please visit the festival website. Child concessions (under 16s), where available, are in brackets.

PLANNING YOUR FESTIVAL EXPERIENCE

Follow the coloured footprints through the programme to plan your festival route For very young children, ages 3+ FRIDAY: Little Monster • A-TA-KA! show SATURDAY: Rust & Stardust exhibition + spoon-puppet workshop For young children, ages 5+ FRIDAY: A-TA-KA! show (NB plus workshop for those 8+ - participants will be performing in the show) SATURDAY: Mischief and Mysteries in Moominvalley • The Kukuryku Magic Show • Beached • Rust & Stardust exhibition + spoon-puppet workshop SUNDAY: The Hunting of the Snark For adults FRIDAY: A-TA-KA! • The Adventures of Curious Ganz SATURDAY: Lost Dog • Shadow Play • Vida • Beached • The Hit SUNDAY: Appeso ad Un Filo (Hanging by a Thread) Not sure what to see? Email us at info@twpuppetryfestival.org and we’ll make some suggestions!

To book a schools workshop or if you are interested in volunteering, please email our outreach manager: daisy@twpuppetryfestival.org

For young people, ages 12+ FRIDAY: A-TA-KA! workshop and show (participants will be performing in the show) • The Adventures of Curious Ganz (8+) SATURDAY: Lost Dog • The Kukuryku Magic Show • Vida • Beached SUNDAY: Appeso ad Un Filo (Hanging by a Thread) For European theatre FRIDAY: A-TA-KA! SATURDAY: Lost Dog • The Kukuryku Magic Show • Vida SUNDAY: Appeso ad Un Filo (Hanging by a Thread)

*NEW* Puppet club: Tunbridge Wells Puppetry Festival presents Puppets and Pastries Sociable, creative get-togethers for everyone over 65. Saturdays 26 October - 30 November 3pm – 5pm Have you always wanted to have a go at puppet-making? Join us on Saturday afternoons at Age UK in Wood Street for tea and puppet-making with Russell Dean, artistic director of Strangeface Theatre. Six friendly sessions of chat and creativity with like-minded folk. Cost: Pay what you can, donations welcomed. Places are limited: to book your place please email info@twpuppetryfestival.org or call 07850 576660. Funded by Age UK Tunbridge Wells; The Pargiter Trust, Kent Community Foundation; and the Tunbridge Wells Puppetry Festival twpuppetryfestival.org

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WARM UP WEEKEND SATURDAY 5 & SUNDAY 6 OCTOBER

Judith Hope, Artist & Puppet-maker: Make a Magpie family puppet-making workshop Sat 5 Oct 11am & 2pm Royal Victoria Place Join Judith Hope, creator of giant walkabout puppets The Keeper’s Nests - two large magpies in walking nests who stalk the streets - at this crafty workshop! Create your own mini magpie rod puppet, then write your own special secret for it to carry in its beak! The Keeper’s Nests will be swooping into town for two free outdoor performances on Sunday 13 October. Ages: 5+ children must be accompanied by an adult Tickets: £5 - must be booked in advance

Long Nose: Out of the Hat! Sun 6 Oct 2.30pm Trinity Theatre When Doris and Delilah wake up to find something strange and sparkly has fallen from the sky, they are inspired to put on the world’s greatest magic show! But HOW do you make real magic happen? And will anything EVER come out of the hat? Bursting with songs from Gomez’s Tom Gray that will have everyone joining in, this is a spectacular show of friendship and magic for all the family. Ages: 2 - 8 | Tickets: £12 (£10)

EXHIBITION: Detailing Delight: The Puppetry Art of Rust & Stardust Mon 7 Oct – Sat 12 Oct 10am – 8pm Trinity Gallery Since 2015, theatre company Rust & Stardust has been creating extraordinarily detailed puppets and touring acclaimed original works around Great Britain. Enriched and inspired by English folklore, magic and history, their work is underpinned by sustainability and traditional craft and costume techniques. This exhibition showcases over a dozen of their puppets, from the mythical Wild Man of Orford to the hell-hound Black Shuck. Meet the company’s directors on Saturday 12th October, when they will be hosting a drop-in family workshop, and catch them performing Tweethearts on Sunday at the Pantiles. Sponsored by Your Move Ages: All | Admission free twpuppetryfestival.org

Touched Theatre: Little Monster Fri 11 Oct 11am & 1pm Assembly Hall Theatre We’re delighted to be the very first festival to present Little Monster, the brand-new show from Touched, who performed Twinkle Twinkle here two years ago. Helped by two hapless, hopeless storytellers and their big bad book of rhymes, we will venture into the forest, peek into deep, dark caves, build walls and knock them down. Lovable puppets, magical shadows and live songs will whizz your little monsters away on an exciting journey to find the mysterious monster that has sent everyone else off hiding. Ages: 3 - 5 | Tickets: £10 (£8.50) available through the Assembly Hall Theatre (assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk).

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Cal y Canto: A-TA-KA! workshop and performance Fri 11 Oct 4.30pm – 6pm: workshop, Camden Centre 7.30pm – 8.15pm: performance, Trinity Theatre Gardens Make your own aerial sculpture and perform in the A-TA-KA! show. Come to the Camden Centre after school and explore the air and its possibilities with Spanish theatre company Cal y Canto. Taking inspiration from the dreams of Salvador Dalí, create an aerial animal sculpture using varied disciplines and homespun materials, then rejoin the company at 7.30pm in Trinity’s gardens to be part of the A-TA-KA! performance. Ages: 8 - 14| Workshop Tickets: £6 - must be booked in advance

Silent Tide in association with Little Angel Theatre: The Adventures of Curious Ganz Fri 11 Oct 8.30pm & Sat 12 Oct 10.30am Trinity Theatre Our hero, Ganz, is curious! He travels; he reads; he studies... This exquisite show is based on the true story of Joachim Ganz, a 16th-century copper smelter, who relentlessly seeks answers to the pressing questions of the day: Is the Earth flat? Are the stars fixed? The award-winning Adventures of Curious Ganz is a wondrous alchemy of the new, the strange, the brave and the curious, told through design, table-top puppetry, words and music. Ages: 8+ / Adults | Tickets: £12 (£10) twpuppetryfestival.org

Cal y Canto: A-TA-KA! Fri 11 Oct 7.30pm Trinity Theatre Gardens Everyone is invited to Cal y Canto Teatro’s free, magically surreal outdoor show on the theme of ‘air’: a musical spectacle of kites, torches and flying creatures that transform and light up the sky. A-TA-KA!, inspired by the ‘melted dreams’ of Salvador Dalí, has been performed at festivals around the world. We are thrilled to bring this show to the UK for the very first time. Supported by Royal Tunbridge Wells Together Ages: All | FREE

Cal y Canto: Lost Dog Sat 12 Oct 10am, 12pm & 3pm Sun 13 Oct 11am & 2pm Trinity Theatre Gardens Young Spanish company Cal y Canto present Lost Dog, an innovative play of puppetry and object theatre: an experience to share with a small, intimate audience. The set is an installation: a large shanty doghouse constructed from recycled materials, with benches for seating. Without words, this touching, thought-provoking story is told by the actors from the perspective of a wandering, abandoned dog. Sponsored by Your Move Ages: 8+ / Adults | Tickets: £12 (£10)

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Ola Muchin: The Kukuryku Magic Show

Get Lost and Found: Mischief and Mysteries in Moominvalley

Sat 12 Oct 10.30am, 12.30pm & 3pm The Forum Ola Muchin sprinkles her magic over the Forum in this hilarious show for the whole family. Meet world-renowned magician Osvaldo Drevno, who astounds the audience with his outlandish and incredible illusions, and his glamorous assistants, which include a chicken. The show’s puppets are created in felt by manipulator and actress Ola, who was born in Poland but is now based in Barcelona.

Sat 12 Oct 1.30pm & 3pm Camden Centre A beautiful book opens up on stage to tell a tale of a world where anything is possible: Moominvalley, where everyone is welcome, nature thrives and adventures are plentiful. Based on the much loved Tove Jansson books, this charming show uses magical puppetry, an ingenious set, original music and interactive play to encourage young audiences to immerse themselves in a unique storytelling experience.

Ages: 5+ / Family | Tickets: £8.50

Ages: 4 - 7 | Tickets: £8.50

Rust & Stardust: Puppet-making family workshop Sat 12 Oct 3pm – 5pm Trinity Theatre Gallery

Join puppeteers Eleanor and Katie from Rust & Stardust at this drop-in spoon-puppet session. Find out how to transform simple materials from around the house into something amazing! Ages: All | Tickets: £2 donation to cover materials

Strangeface Theatre Company: Beached

Strangeface Theatre Company: The Hit

Sat 12 Oct 1.30pm, 3.30pm & 5pm Trinity Theatre Foyer

Sat 12 Oct 8pm The Forum With creative team members from War Horse, The Hit is Breaking Bad meets Samuel Beckett, puppetry designed to blow your mind. This black comedy tells the story of Mikey, AKA The Ghost, a hitman exposed to parts of the brain he never thought he’d see. Award-winning Strangeface draws on the latest thinking in cognitive neuroscience to question the way we see the world. Artistic director Russell Dean will introduce the performance and there will be a post-show discussion. Schools & colleges workshops with Strangeface are available Ages: 15+ | Tickets: £10

A spellbinding mini marvel of a show for a mini audience of eight people only! Put on your headphones and become immersed in the tale of Arnold, whose walk quickly becomes an adventure. A soundtrack is played for each audience member, creating a little world to share at the table. Suitable for everyone old enough to sit still and/or wear headphones. Ages: All | Tickets: £3 (family of four: £10) available on the day at Trinity box office twpuppetryfestival.org

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Smoking Apples Theatre Company & Age UK Tunbridge Wells: Shadow Play Sat 12 Oct 2.30pm Trinity Theatre Gallery A film + short talk + Q&A with Smoking Apples During the summer of 2018, Smoking Apples led creative workshops for those living with dementia at Age UK Tunbridge Wells. The project engaged the participants to recall stories and experiences through the medium of shadow puppetry. Together, they created this funny, moving and heartwarming film. This is a must-watch for anyone with an interest in the links between arts, health and wellbeing as well as those working with, or caring for, people living with dementia. Ages: Adults. For children, 10+, an understanding of the condition of dementia is essential. | Tickets: Free, donations welcome

Sun 13 Oct 4pm The Forum All aboard the Bark to hunt the Snark! Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s madcap poem, this fast-paced puppet show from a young company of graduates from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama features gallant piracy, heartbroken jubjubs and tropical topsy-turvyness. An exceptional piece of theatre for all – bonkers for young ones and witty for grown-ups!

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Sat 12 Oct 6pm & 8pm Trinity Theatre This award-winning, intimate, funny and beautiful show is a tour de force of puppetry. Zaragoza-based actor and puppeteer Javier Aranda, performing in the UK for the first time, conjures up his mother’s life story using only his hands and bits and bobs from her old sewing box. He moves from scene to scene alone on the stage with only lighting and a little music to assist him. This gem of a show truly pushes the boundaries of hand puppetry. With collaboration from the Office for Cultural and Scientific Affairs of the Embassy of Spain in London Sponsored by Retoucherie Ages: 7+ / Adults | Tickets: £12 (£10)

Di Filippo Marionette:Appeso ad Un Filo (Hanging by a Thread)

Chicken of the Woods: The Hunting of the Snark

Ages: 4+ | Tickets: £8.50

Javier Aranda: Vida (Life)

Sun 13 Oct 8pm The Forum Charming duo Remo Di Filippo and Rhoda Lopez build their marionette puppets in their small studio workshop in Italy and perform at festivals and theatres around the world. We are delighted that this is their first appearance in the UK. The multiple-award-winning Hanging by a Thread will be the festival finale. We will create a little bit of Italy at The Forum with the bar serving Italian drinks. There will be ukulele playing and singing and a delicious meal from the wonderful Estro to tuck into after the show. Ages: 10+ | Tickets: £20 includes show and an Italian supper

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FREE OUTDOOR EVENTS

Sunday 13 October at The Pantiles

Saturday 12 October by the Millennium Clock

Thingumajig: Kit and Caboodle

Di Filippo Marionette: Hanging by a Thread (short-length street performance)

10.30am & 2pm A slice of European street theatre: Remo and Rhoda from Italy bring their astonishing marionettes to the UK for the very first time in a wordless performance that will charm the whole family. The show will be performed in full on Sunday evening at the Forum.

Smoking Apples: Arbor

11.10am & 2.40pm Is it a man? Is it a tree? In this interactive show, the magnificent, 17-foot-high Arbor is brought to life by festival favourites Smoking Apples. At the conclusion, members of the audience are given their very own sapling to plant. Supported by Applause Rural Touring

Seb Mayer: Don Quixote 11.50am & 3.20pm London-based puppeteer Seb Mayer creates expressive, intuitive, humanoid puppets on a grand scale for outdoor walkabouts. Don Quixote, his brave yet lovelorn Spanish adventurer, is a comic treat for children and their families.

Judith Hope: The Cloud Travellers 11.50am & 3.20pm Meet Nimbus and Cumulus, two enchanting puppet characters, riding high aloft their cloud-kingdom homes. Gaze up to watch them glide gently through the town, scattering magical raindrops from the tips of their fingers!

10.30am & 2pm Featuring miniature puppet shows inside a big, rolling mule puppet, Kit and Caboodle explores the timeless theme of migration. A pack mule is joined by two well-travelled companions; bags and cases open to reveal stories and songs of remarkable journeys.

Di Filippo Marionette: Hanging by a Thread (short-length street performance)

11.10am & 2.40pm

Rust & Stardust: Tweethearts

11.55am & 3.25pm Drop in to Sweethearts Tea Shop on the bandstand for a heartwarming adventure with live music and beautiful puppets. Tweethearts is a perfect, relaxed introduction for young children to the magic of theatre. Supported by Applause Rural Touring

Hikapee: Look Up

12.35pm & 4.05pm

Look Up takes place on a five-metre-high aerial rig and explores the relationship between circus performer, puppet and audience, accompanied by an original soundtrack. A celebration of what we can see if we step outside of our everyday lives and embrace the world around us.

Judith Hope: The Keeper’s Nests 1pm & 3.15pm

‘One for sorrow, two for joy…’ Encounter two giant magpie puppets as they stalk the streets in their rickety, ramshackle nests, seeking out your darkest secrets. Step into a curious world of magic and make-believe, and maybe post a secret or two. Supported by Royal Tunbridge Wells Together and Dandara

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Tunbridge Wells Puppetry Festival brochure 2019  

Tunbridge Wells Puppetry Festival 11 - 13 October 2019 complete programme of shows, workshops and street theatre

Tunbridge Wells Puppetry Festival brochure 2019  

Tunbridge Wells Puppetry Festival 11 - 13 October 2019 complete programme of shows, workshops and street theatre

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