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Children's Puppet Festival 2024

August – September 2024

We are delighted to announce the exciting return of our OFFIE Award Winning Children’s Puppet Festival which will take place across both Little Angel venues this summer from 2 August – 1 September 2024. The vibrant programme will showcase a broad range of puppetry by the most exciting UK and international companies currently making theatre for young audiences.

There will also be plenty of opportunities for everyone to take part, with workshops for families, community events, fun days for children and courses for adults to try out the craft of puppetry.

“This Puppet Festival was a triumph… truly to be celebrated.”

Offie Awards 2023

Multibuy Offer on Children’s Puppet Festival events:

(exclusions apply*)

Get 10% off when you book 2 events

Get 20% off when you book 3 or more events

How it works:

Step 1

Add a show or family workshop from the Children’s Puppet Festival to your basket

Shows in the Festival can be found here

Family workshops included in the offer (Ice Screams! and Ahoy There! Puppet Pirates) can be found here

Step 2

If you add a second show or family workshop to your basket 10% discount applies to both events

 

Step 3

If you add a third show or family workshop to your basket 20% discount applies to all events

* Puppet Placations, other Family Workshops and Adult Workshops are excluded from this offer. Offer applies only to shows or family workshops (Ice Screams! and Ahoy There! Puppet Pirates) taking place between 1st August and 1st September only. Shows and family workshops need to be booked in the same order for the discount to apply, but if you have booked in separate orders and would like to claim the discount, please contact the box office. Please note that if you book more tickets for one show or family workshop than another, the discount only applies to the number of tickets booked on all events (e.g. if you book 3 tickets for two shows and 4 for a third show, 9 tickets are discounted 20% and the extra ticket on the one show is not discounted).

Check out our festival trailers!

Claytime

Claytime

Come to a place where the earth’s natural material meets with children’s imaginations: a world of fabulous forms, amazing animals and morphing monsters.

Aimed at ages 3-6

Little Angel Studios
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Boxville

Boxville

Work with the BOXVILLE engineers to craft-a-long with the story and build your own way through the tasks and trials of BOXVILLE, earning everything you need to become a fully fledged cardboard engineer! 

Aimed at ages 5-11

Little Angel Studios
Book Tickets
Out of the Hat!

Out of the Hat!

Doris and Delilah want to put on the world’s greatest magic show! But HOW do you make real magic happen?

A story about friendship and the true magic of nature. Full to the brim with lively songs by the talented Tom Gray of Gomez. A feast for the senses and a spectacular theatre experience for everyone!

Aimed at ages 3-8

Little Angel Theatre
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Lottie, the Travelling Doll

Lottie, the Travelling Doll

Lottie, a brave and curious doll, gets carried away by a gust of wind and embarks on a journey around the world. Inspired by an event that happened in Franz Kafka's life, the production follows Lottie’s adventures to find her own path, exploring the themes of identity, friendship and freedom.

Aimed at ages 5-11

Little Angel Studios
Book Tickets
Minny Stynker

Minny Stynker

A new Family Show and Augmented Reality Experience, inspired by an original story by Artistic Director Tomasin Cuthbert. A story about the magic of creativity, how we reach out to each other in the darkness and together, bring the impossible to life.

Aimed at ages 3-8

Little Angel Theatre
Book Tickets
Monster Circus Workshop Experience

Monster Circus Workshop Experience

Georgia’s Monster Circus is a unique opportunity for children to explore puppets and have a go at puppeteering! Learn about a monster mash-up of puppet styles that are used in theatre, television, and carnivals.

Aimed at ages 7-11

Little Angel Studios
Book Tickets
The Zoo that Comes to You

The Zoo that Comes to You

Come and meet this eclectic group of charming yet cheeky animals, as they discuss their life experiences and the challenges they face in a rapidly changing world. They have a lot to say and want to inspire people of all ages to take action, because they know small actions can make a big difference in the world.

Aimed at ages 5-11

Little Angel Theatre
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Under the Little Red Moon

Under the Little Red Moon

Join Lulu, Monty, Gusta and their friend Tom on a vibrant and colourful journey in English Touring Opera’s new opera for babies Under the Little Red Moon. Made in consultation with pediatricians, Under the Little Red Moon explores the development of language with the help of music and movement, composed by Russell Hepplewhite.

Aimed at ages 6 to 24 months

Little Angel Studios
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Jack and the Beans Talk

Jack and the Beans Talk

Was it a dream or did I hear a talking bean? Jack lives on a small farm with his mum and very little to eat. He likes to talk to the birds, his cow and anyone who will listen. Imagine his surprise when he swops his cow for some magic beans and starts to hear a whispering in the breeze and a giant rumble in the sky...

Aimed at ages 3-8

Little Angel Theatre
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The Little Prince

The Little Prince

The Little Prince is here to remind us that real truth is invisible to the eyes in Lyngo's new collaboration with Norwich Puppet Theatre. Through mesmerising puppetry and beautiful original music the boy who fell to earth teaches his friend the Aviator about love, life and real happiness in this adaptation of one of the best-selling children’s books of all time.

Aimed at ages 5-11

Little Angel Studios
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Moonsmile

Moonsmile

Our story starts with a lonely museum Caretaker, who loses something quite dear to him. In his quest to retrieve what was lost, he finds himself on the moon where he meets the strange but loveable Moonlings. Through a ritual of trust and friendship, the Moonlings help the Caretaker restore what was lost to him.

Let your imagination thrive in this stunning non-verbal performance!

Aimed at ages 5-11

Little Angel Studios
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Family Workshops - Ice Screams!

Family Workshops - Ice Screams!

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice-cream! Summertime wouldn’t be the same without ice lollies and ice cream. Join us in the afternoon where we will be making ice-cream and ice-lolly puppets to take home.

For ages 3-6

Little Angel Studios
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Hands On: Recycled Rubbish

Hands On: Recycled Rubbish

This session is all about utilising waste materials to tell interesting stories.

We’ll cover beginner-friendly tricks that are perfect for puppeteers and theatre makers of all levels, so no prior experience required!

18+

Little Angel Studios
Book Tickets
Performing with Marionettes

Performing with Marionettes

Discover the magic of string puppetry with our immersive performance skills course. Led by Associate Artist Oliver Hymans, this comprehensive 2-day workshop is tailored for beginners and enthusiasts eager to explore the artistry of string puppet manipulation.

18+

Little Angel Studios
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Puppet Playcation - Rawrsome Cardboard-o-saurs

Puppet Playcation - Rawrsome Cardboard-o-saurs

Let out your inner dinosaur this summer at Little Angel Theatre. Travel back to the Jurassic period, where we will be making a truly T-rexcellent dino cardboard craft, whilst learning puppetry skills that will have you walking the dinosaur! Nothing will tricera-top this crafty day full of fun, fossils and fabulous puppets.

For ages 5-9

Little Angel Studios
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Hands On: Feet!

Hands On: Feet!

What do our feet reveal about us and our character? Our thoughts, our fears, our desires….

This is a great starting point for anyone interested in developing their puppeteering skills by focusing on that all important puppet body part – the feet.

18+

Little Angel Studios
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Playcation Summer Camp - Make a Puppet Adventure

Playcation Summer Camp - Make a Puppet Adventure

Bring your little explorers on an adventure they’ll never forget! This summer, Little Angel Theatre is sending your children into the world of our new birthday party show, Puppets in Peril! In this four day workshop, they will work as a team to build a brand new adventure story, featuring puppets, set and tech designed by themselves. 

For ages 5-9

Little Angel Studios
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Hands On: Little Ones

Hands On: Little Ones

Have you ever wondered how a scrumpled scarf can become a fluffy cloud or a leaf can change the seasons? This workshop is your chance to discover the power of sensory storytelling for little ones aged 6 months to 3 years!

This workshop is perfect for anyone who wants to ignite a love of stories in young children and explore their practice to connect with an Early Years audience.

18+

Little Angel Studios
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Puppet Playcation - Jungle Creatures

Puppet Playcation - Jungle Creatures

Dance to the jungle beat this summer at Little Angel Theatre. Drop your little monkeys off for a day of fun, where they will be making their own jungle creature puppet and learning puppetry skills along the way. Will they be swinging from the vines, floating down the river, or soaring above the canopy? Send your little adventurers along for a really wild time!

For ages 5-9

Little Angel Studios
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Hands On: Behind the Puppet

Hands On: Behind the Puppet

This session is all about the role of the puppeteer and the relationship with the puppet.

In this hands on workshop we will dive into the range of roles you might be asked to fulfil as a puppeteer, or might want to use as a creative. Whether front and centre as the star of the show, or a mysterious figure hiding in the background, the puppeteer is crucial in bringing the puppet to life.

18+

Little Angel Studios
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Making Simple Animal Rod Puppets

Making Simple Animal Rod Puppets

Learn to design and create simple animal rod puppets from basic, inexpensive and easily sourced materials.

Puppet Maker Judith Hope will guide participants through the processes and techniques used to create charming animal characters, suitable for small scale theatre.

18+

Little Angel Studios
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Family Workshops - Ahoy There! Puppet Pirates

Family Workshops - Ahoy There! Puppet Pirates

Yo ho, yo ho it’s a pirate’s life for me! Set sails upon the high seas with your very own pirate puppet and pirate ship! Design your ship’s flag, and come up with the ultimate pirate name for your pirate puppet so they can tackle any adventure they face. Watch out for sharks and keep your telescope looking out for buried treasure - this family workshop will shiver your timbers!

For ages 3-6

Little Angel Studios
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