Two local artists, Kerrin Tatman and Will Steele, have secured funding from the Arts Council and The Sundays for Sammy Trust to stage a brand new festival of puppetry and visual theatre in Newcastle.
'Moving Parts: Newcastle Puppetry Festival' will take place from March 27th - 1st April.
Spread across five venues in central Newcastle, 'Moving Parts' will offer six days of events including three large-scale productions at NorthernStage, cabaret and fringe shows at Cobalt Studios, four diverse performance masterclasses at Space Six, a six-day puppet making residency course, and children’s puppetry events at Ouseburn Farm.
There will also be talks with practitioners, puppetry and stop-animation films, networking events, a visual theatre research conference, competitions, and a closing party.
The organisers says that the festival is especially geared towards adults, teenagers, emerging artists and professional practitioners, but also extends to children and the wider community.