Bethan Tomlinson biography

Bethan Tomlinson established Tunbridge Wells-based Strangeface Theatre Company in 2001 with mask and puppet maker Russell Dean. In the intervening years their work has been seen in tiny village halls, residencies in mid-scale theatres, on a 13m haulage truck and tabletops across the county in a project called “Pubbetry” which served small-scale side orders on tables in cafes, pubs, garden centres and swimming pools.  Strangeface will premier their new work based on British Folklore at the Tunbridge Wells Puppetry Festival before touring venues across the UK during the Family Arts Festival. Bethan’s other projects currently include working on engaging volunteer promoters for work in unusual places for Applause Rural Touring and Ideas Test in Swale and Medway, and working for Puppet Centre Trust as Co-ordinator for a newly formed Puppetry Development Consortium.