Must See Monday – Event of the Week

What: Puppet Place Open Day // Where: Harbourside, Bristol (BS1 6UT) // When: Sat 13th Dec  (12midday – 4.00pm) // Cost: Free


Ever wanted to see who pulls the strings behind the scenes at one of Bristols most prestigious animation hubs?? Well now you can, because Puppet Place are throwing open their doors this Saturday to give the people of Bristol an opportunity to meet some of the hugely talented resident puppetry companies and artists, witness some of the astonishingly inventive creations, puppets and projects they are working on and find out more about what Puppet Place does.

Throughout my working life at Aardman I’ve been inspired by the work of puppeteers – so it’s fantastic to have a great feast of puppetry right on my doorstep.”Peter Lord, Aardman Co-Founder and Puppet Place Patron

Stepping through Puppet Place’s brick door is like stepping into another world, where sharks swim across the ceiling, trolls get fitted for their balaclavas and robot dinosaurs dance on the table. Few members of the public get to see inside this creative and innovative space making this a unique opportunity for enthusiasts, families and anyone interested to find out more about the wonderful world of puppetry. Many artists will be around on the day including Creative Roboticist Mark Stephenson with his dinosaur robot the Roboceratops and juggler, performer and digital artist Sebastian Valade among others.

The Open Day comes at an exciting time for the organisation (whose neighbours include Aardman Animations and Spike Island) as they are busy planning a number of projects and events in 2015, including the acclaimed Bristol Festival of Puppetry. This two week showcase features internationally renowned puppetry talent from Bristol and the very best puppetry artists and companies from the international scene. For the first time in 2015, the Festival goes multi-venue with performances, films and more at Tobacco Factory Theatres, Watershed, SS Great Britain and along the Harbourside.

To find out more click here.

By Kevin McGough