Puppet Animation Festival 2015: Top Five Events
What to look forward to at the renowned performing arts festival for children
With over 150 events happening at 68 venues across Scotland, there's plenty of some-strings-attached fun on offer over the next three weeks, courtesy of the Puppet Animation Festival. The festival works with organisations, venues and local authorities across the country to put on a wide range of events. Here, we've picked out five to get excited about, grafters that we are.
Rather than following the traditional two-by-two format, the animals at Celeste's Circus emerge one-by-one. This show from Faux Theatre introduces children aged 0-5 to the big top circus, with some loveable animals putting in appearances along the way. After all, it wouldn't be the circus without a high-wire hippo and a seal performing for paper fish.
The Man Who Planted Trees
This moving puppet show tells the story of a shepherd who turned a wasteland into a magical forest, one acorn at a time. Here, Puppet State Theatre Company have created a multi-sensory theatrical adaptation of Jean Giono's classic tale for ages 7+.
Put away those pitchforks, this is the story of semi-famous puppeteer, Frank Stein. Being the industrious sort, Mr Stein sets about creating a new live puppet that will no doubt change his life. If you can't already tell, Frank is feeling a bit inspired by the scientist Dr Frankenstein. Suitable for ages 5+.
Little Princess Goldtree
This production has been dubbed as the 'Scottish Snow White', and it's easy to see why: beautiful princess, wicked stepmother, but what's missing? An omnipotent trout, of course. Well, not to worry, there's one of those thrown in for good measure. For children ages 4+.
Willie the Wicked Wolf
Also following the fairytale track is Willie the Wicked Wolf. It's a reworked Red Riding Hood, where the main riding taking is place is Willie on his motorcycle. He's the rock'n'roll sort you see, and he's on the hunt for some decent food. For ages 6—9.
Puppet Animation Festival, various venues across Scotland, Sat 28 Mar—Sat 18 Apr.