Puppet Animation Festival



We’ve got dates!  7 gigs in 4 venues – now it’s full steam ahead with natural wonders and mythical elementals, frantically pulling together months of voracious research into stories from Scheherazade, myths of Asgaard, Russia and Armenia combined with permaculture, animal and forest ecology and squeezing all this into one kamishibai and just 35 minutes!  We have reserved the next few Saturdays for run-throughs and plotting to grab any child we can bring in off the street for our dress rehearsal at the end of March.

In the meantime Virginia is making her beautiful vivid images for us which will definitely see us through!


Bob Prepares for Burns!


While we are all brushing up our Christmas tales and setting out trees and decorations and plum puddings, Bob is preparing for a pudding of a different ilk, and thinking ahead to the 25th of January which is the peak of the Burns celebration – in his other life, of course, Bob is in high demand as a Burns speaker and hosts innumerous suppers in the season!


Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face,
Great Chieftain o’ the Puddin-race!
Aboon them a’ ye tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye wordy of a grace
As lang ‘s my arm.

The groaning trencher there ye fill,
Your hurdies like a distant hill,
Your pin wad help to mend a mill
In time o’ need,
While thro’ your pores the dews distil
Like amber bead.

His knife see Rustic-labour dight,
An’ cut ye up wi’ ready slight,
Trenching your gushing entrails bright,
Like onie ditch;
And then, O what a glorious sight,
Warm-reekin, rich!







Maria and I had an amazing afternoon in the sunshine with the lovely Andy Catlin who made us look so special with the new Kamishibai theatre.  It seems strange to be posing like celebrities round a small red wooden box in order to make ourselves into better storytellers.

Huge thanks to Andy for such a fun day pretending to be filmstars in the back garden!  He’s done a great job.  I feel well and truly photo shot!




Check this out!

Harriet’s efforts in her back garden finally paying off!

‘We’ve got the stories, we’ve even got the pictures, but our paper box just wasn’t robust enough to withstand our enthusiastic storytelling treks!  I’ve been working on it for 2 months and I think we’re nearly ready to go on the road!  Trolly wheels instead of bicycles at the moment, but if this weather keeps up I think the lovely new wooden box will get a practice run in the park with Puss in Boots and The Old Woodcutter next Sunday!

‘In case you’re wondering, the gorgeous red colour is called ‘Emperors Silk’, redolent of dreams of old Japan, exquisite lacquered boxes and rich images of the orient.   I’m delighted with how its turned out.’