E2: OBJECT, UNIVERSE & LIFE IN PERFORMANCE
Merlin Puppet Theatre
Monday 8th - Tuesday 9th April 2019
10am - 5pm daily
Ages 18+ / adults
An approach to all three basic elements that contribute to making a complete visual universe - Object, Universe and Life. OBJECT - puppet, mask, shadows; UNIVERSE - scenography, light and sound; LIFE - how these elements become animate. An exploratory laboratory, which examines through analysis, practice and experimentations, how a harmonious puppetry performance is created. Through improvisations and research on stage individually and in groups, participants will work on how to develop and realise an idea, all the way from scratch to the final desirable result. See here for Merlin Puppet Theatre's show at the festival, "Noone's Land".
Moving Parts Arts brings North East of England people together through arts, celebration and creativity.
Moving Parts Arts CIO (charity number 1194137) is an award winning arts and community development organisation founded in 2017. Our week-long puppet festival, dynamic outreach projects and participatory community events engage 20,000 people a year.
A belief that everyone can be creative is at the core of what we do and that puppetry is a unique way of bringing people together and breaking down barriers. Our work is at its best when it is collaborative, accessible and celebratory.
“So wonderful to have this in Newcastle. More please.”
– Audience member, 2019
Newcastle Puppetry Festival
Newcastle Puppetry Festival is our flagship project, which won The Journal Culture Award for ‘Best Newcomer’ in 2018. The ambitious programme of events has taken place once every two years since 2017 and includes performances and workshops for adults, children and families, as well as talks, training and networking events for professionals. Responding to the challenges surrounding Covid-19, the 2021 festival saw large-scale outdoor commission Tyne Rising – a huge community puppet show at City Stadium about environmental conservation, which involved 150 Newcastle residents and a 20-strong team of creatives. This style of working was continued in the 2023 festival with the Wor Seahorse Spectacle Parade.