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Children's Puppet Festival & Master Classes

This summer Horse and Bamboo Theatre are once again opening their doors for a wonderful children’s puppet festival, straddled by two first-class professional training courses.

For the weekend of July 10th and 11th, the Boo in Rossendale, Lancs will be buzzing with puppet shows for the young and young at heart – companies include Stuff and Nonsense (3 little Pigs), PuppetCraft (The Selfish Giant), A Moment in Time (the Bird Book), Horse + Bamboo (Storm in a Teacup). This year we will also be hosting 2 visiting companies from Europe – Mikropodium from Hungary, and a lovely early years show from Italy called Droplets. Thingumajig Theatre’s giant roving “Hippo Chondriac” will also be premiering it’s puppet stories. Tickets for main shows just £5.

Puppet Craft Master Classes

They are also  offering 2 exciting week-long masterclasses for adults:

From July 5-9th John Roberts from PuppetCraft will be teaching a course in carving wooden puppets, using his distinctive technique – a combination of Chinese and Western carving methods. Last year it was a wonderful success, and we are excited that he will be bringing his first class tuition back to the North West. All materials and tools provided. Cost:£325

From July 12th -16th “Taking the Leap” will be a movement masterclass, exploring the puppetry, mask, projection and music techniques used in Horse + Bamboo’s current production Little Leap Forward. Taught by H+B’s associate artists puppeteer Mark Whitaker and Musical Director Loz Kaye, the course will embrace Chinese style hand puppetry, multiple person operated tabletop puppets, full body shadow puppetry and distinctively, performance technique using Horse + Bamboo’s trademark helmet masks. Little Leap Forward will be touring nationally in May and June so you can catch it before taking the course, tour dates are on their website. Cost £250

Full information about the courses, the puppet festival and our touring work is available on their website at http://www.horseandbamboo.org www.horseandbamboo.org  or call Alison or Peter on 01706 220241 for details.

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