From incurable diseases and new collaborations, to mythical creatures and fairy tales, 2013 was a year of real change for us. We received our first round of funding from Arts Council England for CELL, a new collaboration with Little Cauliflower exploring the story of one man and his fight with Motor Neurone Disease.
In June, we worked with the BFI on a residency for Year 9 Lambeth students, helping them to design, make and operate puppets for a multimedia, collaborative performance of Hansel and Gretel. This was followed by our first project with Global Arts Kingston and the local Tamil School bringing their Traditional Tales to life for a performance at Kingston Connections 2013.
August transported us to Wilderness Festival, to live in the woods all Summer, for a huge promenade production of Jabberwocky, in collaboration with Petersham Road, Secret Productions and designer Sam Wyer.
Suspense Festival was the highlight of our Autumn season, we performed The Wordcatcher in this highly acclaimed, biennial, London Puppetry Festival. To finish off the year, we rejoined Petersham Road for Fezziwig’s Christmas Cracker at the Charles Dickens Museum for which we created a 20 minute rolling piece about Scrooge’s murky past, using storytelling and shadow puppetry.