Weekly Puppetry News Round-Up: Early February Edition

A face-changing rod puppet entertains visitors to the Flower Dome at Singapore's Gardens by the Bay (photo credit: Choo Yut Shing, used under the terms of a Creative Commons License).

Africa & The Middle East

The Arabic Sesame Street series Iftah Ya Simsim is back in production in Abu Dhabi.

Asia

The Maslenitsa Festival in Russia’s Altai Republic are trying to stage a very political Petrushka show.

The puppeteers of China’s Shaanxi Performing Arts group are wowing audiences on an American tour.

The 13th Ishara International Puppet Festival has begun in New Delhi. Among the performers are Iran’s Safety Pin Theatre Group, Portugal’s SA Marionetas Puppet Company and U.K. shadowgrapher Drew Colby.

An interview with Afganistan’s Parwaz Puppet Theatre troupe.

Australia & New Zealand

Puppet Fiction brings some Quentin Tarantino inspired puppetry to the Fringe World Festival.

Royal de Luxe will perform The Giants, the Perth Festival’s opening extravaganza.

Europe

The Theatres Trust have provided a grant to pay for urgent repairs to the roof of London’s Little Angel Theatre.

UNIMA reports on last year’s global meeting of puppet theatre festival directors in Bochum, Germany.

North America

The award-winning Billy the Liar is going to the Puppets Up! International Puppet Festival.

Toronto’s Puppetmongers are celebrating their 40th year in puppetry.

Aboriginal puppeteer Jessica Generoux combines puppetry and indigenous stories.

The Eat My Puppet Shorts puppet slam takes place in Vancouver, British Columbia on February 13th (link goes to a Facebook Event Page, login or registration may be required).

Lady Liberty comes to life as a 26’0 puppet at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

Oscar the Grouch appears on Portlandia on February 12th.

Learn how Avenue Q producer Kevin McCollum helped bring Hand To God to Broadway.

Jake Bazel talks about sock puppets and the upcoming Geppetto Festival in Buffalo, New York.

Manual Cinema is performing its acclaimed Lula del Ray in Arlington, Virginia.

Arizona’s All Puppet Players is reviving the Fifty Shades of Grey puppet parody, 50 Shades of Felt.

Auditions and Job Opportunities

Raised Eyebrows Theatre are looking for two puppeteers in Gloucester, England for research and development of their new show The Book Crasher.

Babonazo Productions is hiring a puppeteer for an upcoming show in Los Angeles in March (link goes to a Facebook page, login or registration may be required).

Calls for Entry

The Israel Puppet Center in Holon, Israel is looking for puppets from shows based on well known children’s stories, fables, legends or fairy tales for a one year exhibit. If you have work that you would like to be considered, contact Ilan Savir for more information.

Applications are available for the Amsterdam Fringe Festival in The Netherlands.

The International Puppet Underground Film Festival has extended its submission deadline to February 15th.

Puppet films are now being accepted for Reel Puppetry: Craft on the Silver Screen at the Puppeteers of America 2015 National Puppetry Festival.

You can also apply to perform at the next Nasty Brutish & Short puppet cabaret in Chicago.

Workshops and Training Opportunities

The Little Angel Theatre has lots of upcoming puppetry workshops in London.

Tony Sinnett has a new wooden hand puppet carving tutorial available online.


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