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Third International Student Puppet Festival

Paintbrush Picture: Central’s International Student Puppet Festival aims to develop and encourage the art form of puppetry within the world of contemporary performance.  This year, we are bringing together students, new and emerging practitioners (less than three years of professional practice) and recent graduates (less than three years since graduation) to showcase their work in an encouraging and supportive environment.  We consider all types of presentation, but are particularly interested in work that explores:

  • the relationship between live and animated bodies 
  • the relationship between body and text within puppet theatre and other related forms 
  • the animation of matter 
  • puppetry in conjunction with other art forms (such as painting, circus, digital media, and/or interdisciplinary collaboration)

The festival will take place at The Central School of Speech and Drama with further venues in the Camden area and the Little Angel Theatre.  This year, we are hosting international groups from schools across Europe to show their work as well as selecting groups that apply from across the UK.  The work of those in the Puppet Centre Graduate Residencies and members of the Incubate programme (run by the Little Angel Theatre with CSSD) will also be shown.  Additionally, professionals will be offering workshops and talks on a range of subjects.  

Applications can be made to present experimental work, scratch work, work-in-progress, work for all ages, fully developed performances, films, talks or other presentations.  Both the work of non-puppetry groups and of puppetry courses or modules is welcome.  Companies presenting work-in-progress or scratch work will be invited to open a dialogue regarding their work with the audiences that see it. 

The festival is supported and will be documented by the Centre for Excellence in Training for Theatre as a part of its ongoing commitment to innovative practice in theatre.

Dates : 17th – 19th March

Location : Central School of Speech and Drama

For more details and an application form email : julia.barnett@cssd.ac.uk



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