A round-up of 2019

Well, it’s been a fantastic year!

October brought the third puppetry festival to our town and it was the biggest and best yet: three days of rock-star marionettes, hand puppetry, lost dogs, little monsters, magic, black comedy, pirouetting in the rain, giant magpies, circus, jubjubs… and more. Around 3,000 people attended our free programme, over 1,200 tickets were sold for our shows and workshops, four schools hosted puppet-making sessions and a record-breaking 54 volunteers helped make it happen. The weekend exceeded all expectations and if you’d like to check out our brilliant press coverage, have a look here or take a trip down memory lane with the highlights video on our homepage

Di Filippo Marionette: Hanging By A Thread

Back in the spring, our first intergenerational project, Sea of Stories, brought together children of St Barnabas Primary School, guests of Age UK Tunbridge Wells and theatre company Rust and Stardust to make puppets and create mini puppet shows. These sessions went swimmingly! Watch what happened over on the Sea of Stories page.

Work is well underway for the fourth Puppetry Festival in October 2021. Meanwhile, January will see the launch of Puppet Club: Puppets and Pastries a sociable, puppet-making get-together for everyone over 65 – at Age UK on Wood Street on Saturday 29th January (session to be confirmed). Email us at info@twpuppetryfestival.org to find out more or look out for details after Christmas.

Russell Dean, Artistic Director of Strangeface Theatre, leading a puppet-making workshop

We’re also looking into the possibility of touring a puppet theatre show into residential homes for older people during 2020. If you know of anyone who might be interested in hosting a performance, please email us.

We would like to thank you for your continued support for the Tunbridge Wells Puppetry Festival and we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!