Puppet Animation Festival 2015: Top Five Events

What to look forward to at the renowned performing arts festival for children

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This article is from 2015.

Puppet Animation Festival 2015: Top Five Events

Little Frankenstein

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.

Celeste's Circus
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+.

Little Frankenstein
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.

This article is from 2015.

Puppet Animation Festival

The UK’s largest and longest established annual performing arts event for children pulls some strings to present a feast of puppet-based entertainment, working with local authorities, organisations and venues throughout Scotland. 2017's programme includes Sir Moustache Bristelby and the Ed-Splorers, The Fisherman and the…

Various venues: Scotland

Sun 26 Mar

Times & prices vary / 0131 560 1298

Mon 27 Mar

Times & prices vary / 0131 560 1298

Tue 28 Mar

Times & prices vary / 0131 560 1298

…and 18 more dates until 15 Apr

Willie the Wicked Wolf

A very non-traditional version of Little Red Riding Hood with the rock'n'roll, motorbike loving wolf at the helm. He plans to eat both Granny and Red Riding Hood but it doesn't quite go to plan. Expect plenty of audience participation; suitable for children aged 5+.

Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy

Sat 15 Apr

£5 / 01592 583302

Bettridge Centre, Newtonhill

Tue 11 Apr

£6–£7 / 01569 731320

Part of Puppet Animation Festival.

Craigmillar Community Centre, Edinburgh

Fri 14 Apr

£2 (£1.50; Family £5)

Part of Puppet Animation Festival.

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The Man Who Planted Trees

Funny and moving puppet show about a shepherd who transforms an area of wasteland into a majestic forest by planting one seed at a time. Age 7+.

Celeste's Circus

Following Celeste under the big top as her cast of endearing animals emerge one by one. A charming and engaging first trip to the circus especially for very young children (0–5 years).

Little Frankenstein

Semi famous puppeteer Frank Stein has had enough with his badly made puppets. Taking inspiration from his most infamous ancestor, the scientist Dr Frankenstein, and with the help of the audience he creates a new real live puppet.

Little Princess Goldtree

The tale of Snow White with a few Scottish twists – including an omnipotent trout (of course).

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