Tag Archives: Bristol Festival of Puppetry

Strange Arrangement - Drifters

Strange Arrangement: Drifters

September 13th, 2015 by

It’s like the start of a joke: an Englishman, a Frenchman, and a German are stranded together in the same boat. What happens next? Well in Hampshire-based Strange Arrangement’s gently comic and at times moodily inventive sea-show, they let their imaginations run wild in an attempt to stave off boredom and desperation. Englishman William (Alex […]

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Figurentheater Tübingen - Wunderkammer

Figurentheatre Tübingen: Wunderkammer

September 9th, 2015 by

Performer Alice-Therese Gottschalk sits on the edge of the stage with a finely decorated box on her lap. She closes her eyes and slowly, almost ceremonially, opens it towards us. Fellow performers Raphael Mürle and Frank Soehnle hover in the shadows just behind her, holding whatever is inside by fine wires. With precise and delicate […]

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Ramkoers - BOT - Photo by K. Do Rosario

BOT: Ramkoers

September 8th, 2015 by

A cannonball rolls down a ramp and crashes into a length of steel scaffold that’s bisecting the stage. A piece of guttering clatters to the ground, rebounds and comes to rest. A mechanised accordion hee-haws across the floor, breathing raspily. And then the performers appear – men, wearing a kind of uniform of grey skirts, […]

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Rocamora Theatre - Small Suicides

Rocamora Theatre: Small Suicides: Three Brief Exorcisms of Quotidian Use

September 8th, 2015 by

Almost without being noticed, an unassuming elderly man crosses the stage and starts addressing us in a thickly evocative Spanish accent. Carles Cañellas tells us that Small Suicides was made in 1984, that he saw it performed by its Hungarian creator, Gulya Molnàr, several times, and that Molnàr gave him permission to take it on. […]

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Pickled Image - Coulrophobia

Pickled Image: Coulrophobia

September 7th, 2015 by

Dik Downey and Adam Blake look pretty much how we expect clowns to look, with over-sized trousers, too-big boots, red noses, and hair as if they’ve just stuck their fingers in a plug socket. And to begin with, they behave pretty much as we expect clowns to behave: all silly walks, happy-sad faces, and roping […]

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