2019 Festival Programme


05/10/2019
11:00 AM

Royal Victoria Place Upper Level


Judith Hope: Make a Magpie - family puppet-making workshop

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! More...


05/10/2019
2:00 PM

Royal Victoria Place Upper Level


Judith Hope: Make a Magpie - family puppet-making workshop

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! More...


06/10/2019
2:30 PM

Trinity Theatre


Long Nose: Out of the Hat!

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! More...


07/10/2019 - 12/10/2019
10:00 AM

Trinity Gallery


Detailing Delight: The Puppetry Art of Rust & Stardust

Since 2015, theatre company Rust & Stardust has been creating extraordinarily detailed puppets and touring acclaimed original works around Great Britain. More...


11/10/2019
11:00 AM

Assembly Hall


Touched Theatre: Little Monster

We’re here to tell a story. We’re headed on a quest. We’re off to find the monster! Will you come? More...


11/10/2019
1:00 PM

Assembly Hall


Touched Theatre: Little Monster

We’re here to tell a story. We’re headed on a quest. We’re off to find the monster! Will you come? More...


11/10/2019
4:30 PM

Camden Centre


Cal y Canto: A-TA-KA! workshop and performance

Make your own aerial sculpture and perform in the A-TA-KA! show More...


11/10/2019
7:30 PM

Trinity Theatre Gardens


Cal y Canto: A-TA-KA!

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. More...


11/10/2019
8:30 PM

Trinity Theatre


Silent Tide: The Adventures of Curious Ganz

A Silent Tide production in association with Little Angel Theatre. 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. More...


12/10/2019
10:30 AM

Royal Victoria Place - Level 2


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

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. More...


12/10/2019
10:30 AM

The Forum


Ola Muchin: The Kukuryku Magic Show

Meet world-renowned magician Osvaldo Drevno, who astounds the audience with his outlandish and incredible illusions, and his glamorous assistants, which include a chicken. More...


12/10/2019
10:30 AM

Trinity Theatre


Silent Tide: The Adventures of Curious Ganz

A Silent Tide production in association with Little Angel Theatre. 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. More...


12/10/2019
11:10 AM

Royal Victoria Place - Level 2


Smoking Apples: Arbor

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. More...


12/10/2019
11:50 AM

Royal Victoria Place - Level 2


Seb Mayer: Don Quixote

London-based puppeteer Seb Mayer creates expressive, intuitive, humanoid puppets on a grand scale for outdoor walkabouts. More...


12/10/2019
12:00 PM

Trinity Theatre Gardens


Cal y Canto: Lost Dog

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. More...


12/10/2019
12:30 PM

Royal Victoria Place - Level 2


Judith Hope: The Cloud Travellers

Meet Nimbus and Cumulus, two enchanting puppet characters, riding high aloft their cloud-kingdom homes. More...


12/10/2019
12:30 PM

The Forum


Ola Muchin: The Kukuryku Magic Show

Meet world-renowned magician Osvaldo Drevno, who astounds the audience with his outlandish and incredible illusions, and his glamorous assistants, which include a chicken. More...


12/10/2019
1:30 PM

Camden Centre


Get Lost and Found: Mischief and Mysteries in Moominvalley

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. More...


12/10/2019
1:30 PM

Trinity Theatre Foyer


Strangeface Theatre Company: Beached

A spellbinding mini marvel of a show for a mini audience of eight people only! More...


12/10/2019
2:00 PM

Royal Victoria Place - Level 2


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

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. More...


12/10/2019
2:30 PM

Trinity Gallery


Smoking Apples Theatre Company & Age UK Tunbridge Wells: Shadow Play

A film + short talk + Q&A with Smoking Apples [...] More...


12/10/2019
2:40 PM

Royal Victoria Place - Level 2


Seb Mayer: Don Quixote

London-based puppeteer Seb Mayer creates expressive, intuitive, humanoid puppets on a grand scale for outdoor walkabouts. More...


12/10/2019
3:00 PM

Trinity Theatre Gardens


Cal y Canto: Lost Dog

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. More...


12/10/2019
3:00 PM

Camden Centre


Get Lost and Found: Mischief and Mysteries in Moominvalley

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. More...


12/10/2019
3:00 PM

The Forum


Ola Muchin: The Kukuryku Magic Show

Meet world-renowned magician Osvaldo Drevno, who astounds the audience with his outlandish and incredible illusions, and his glamorous assistants, which include a chicken. More...


12/10/2019
3:00 PM

Trinity Gallery


Rust and Stardust: Puppet-making family workshop

Join performers and puppeteers Eleanor and Katie from Rust and Stardust at this drop-in spoon-puppet session. More...


12/10/2019
3:30 PM

Trinity Theatre Foyer


Strangeface Theatre Company: Beached

A spellbinding mini marvel of a show for a mini audience of eight people only! More...


12/10/2019
3:40 PM

Royal Victoria Place - Level 2


Smoking Apples: Arbor

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. More...


12/10/2019
4:00 PM

Royal Victoria Place - Level 2


Judith Hope: The Cloud Travellers

Meet Nimbus and Cumulus, two enchanting puppet characters, riding high aloft their cloud-kingdom homes. More...


12/10/2019
5:00 PM

Trinity Theatre Gardens


Cal y Canto: Lost Dog

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. More...


12/10/2019
5:00 PM

Trinity Theatre Foyer


Strangeface Theatre Company: Beached

A spellbinding mini marvel of a show for a mini audience of eight people only! More...


12/10/2019
6:00 PM

Trinity Theatre


Javier Aranda: Vida (‘Life’)

This award-winning, intimate, funny and beautiful show is a tour de force of puppetry. More...


12/10/2019
8:00 PM

Trinity Theatre


Javier Aranda: Vida (‘Life’)

This award-winning, intimate, funny and beautiful show is a tour de force of puppetry. More...


12/10/2019
8:00 PM

The Forum


Strangeface Theatre Company: The Hit

With creative team members from War Horse, The Hit is Breaking Bad meets Samuel Beckett, this is puppetry designed to blow your mind. More...


13/10/2019
10:30 AM

The Pantiles


Thingumajig: Kit and Caboodle

Featuring miniature puppet shows inside a big, rolling mule puppet, Kit and Caboodle explores the timeless theme of migration. More...


13/10/2019
11:10 AM

The Pantiles


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

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. More...


13/10/2019
11:55 AM

The Pantiles


Rust and Stardust: Tweethearts

Drop in to Sweethearts Tea Shop on the bandstand for a heartwarming adventure with live music and beautiful puppets Wren and Sparrow. More...


13/10/2019
12:35 PM

The Pantiles


Hikapee: Look Up

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. More...


13/10/2019
1:00 PM

The Pantiles


Judith Hope: The Keeper’s Nests

‘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. More...


13/10/2019
2:00 PM

Trinity Theatre Gardens


Cal y Canto: Lost Dog

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. More...


13/10/2019
2:00 PM

The Pantiles


Thingumajig: Kit and Caboodle

Featuring miniature puppet shows inside a big, rolling mule puppet, Kit and Caboodle explores the timeless theme of migration. More...


13/10/2019
2:40 PM

The Pantiles


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

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. More...


13/10/2019
3:15 PM

The Pantiles


Judith Hope: The Keeper’s Nests

‘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. More...


13/10/2019
3:25 PM

The Pantiles


Rust and Stardust: Tweethearts

Drop in to Sweethearts Tea Shop on the bandstand for a heartwarming adventure with live music and beautiful puppets Wren and Sparrow. More...


13/10/2019
4:00 PM

The Forum


Chicken of the Woods: The Hunting of the Snark

All aboard the Bark to hunt the Snark! More...


13/10/2019
4:05 PM

The Pantiles


Hikapee: Look Up

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. More...


13/10/2019
8:00 PM

The Forum


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

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. More...