Puppet festival to come to the North East

This puppet represents Death, apparently. Credit: Moving Parts, Newcastle Puppetry Festival

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 Marked' by Theatre Temoln. Credit: Moving Parts, Newcastle Puppetry Festival

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.

Three-person puppet manipulation. Credit: Moving Parts, Newcastle Puppetry Festival