Puppet festival

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The annual Angus Arts Easter Puppet Festival is here again.

Stracathro Hall, Inchbare, is once again the venue for this popular event which takes place on Friday and Saturday, April 6 and 7 and is part of the nationwide Puppet Animation Festival.

There are fabulous Angus Arts puppet making workshops at 11 am on Friday and at 10.30 am on Saturday and brilliant Puppet Shows at 3 pm on each afternoon. 

“Pop-Up Circus!” at 3 pm on Friday, April 6 is created especially for very young children.

Performed by Francisca Morton it is a gentle, interactive first trip to the circus especially for pre school ages. 

“With a cast of playful characters emerging from a pop-out book it feels like you’ve come out of your seat and right into the circus ring.” she says.

“I have made the show really welcoming for younger children so they can come and sing, clap, shout and bring the circus to life!”

The performance at 3 pm on Saturday, April 7 will entertain all ages. 

‘Little Red … You Know Who!’ takes a well-known traditional story (you know which!) and turns it into a spell-binding play, following a magical path through the woods. 

Based in England, Freehand Theatre offers a memorable and reassuring journey with a delightful use of puppetry, colour and specially composed music.

Audiences can listen to the song of the red box, watch a forest grow before their eyes and find out how an endearing bear gets in on the action! 

The production uses wonderful music composed by Hugh Nankivell on a multiplicity of instruments ranging from piano and cello to Turkish cymbals and bicycle bells!

Workshops at 11 am on Friday, April 6 and at 10.30 am on Saturday, April 7 are for all ages: adults, children and young people, with under-eights accompanied.

Angus Arts workshops are always extremely popular.

“We will be using a wide range of exciting materials and methods to help people make fabulous puppets and short presentations,” said Maria MacDonell, one of the workshop leaders.

“It is always magical how quickly puppets and stories emerge and people of all ages enjoy the sessions. Sometimes a whole family will come and join in, including granny, or sometimes a child or adult on their own.”

Tickets are £5/£16 for a family with two year olds and under free.

“Tickets are already selling” explained Virginia Aspinwall of Angus Arts. “Show and workshop tickets can be booked by phoning us on 01356 648 669 or 01356 670 304 and show tickets only can be bought at Newsplus, St. David’s Street, Brechin and from The Edzell Post Office or online at www.neatshows.org.uk