Puppets in Partnership is a small participatory arts festival in Govan, Glasgow being held on the 13-15 June 2014 with a variety of puppetry performances from both professionals and the local community. The festival is delivered by Govan and Linthouse Parish Church and Govan Folk University with generous support from Dr Guthrie’s Association and The Claremont Trust.

The festival has performances suitable for all ages. Entrance to all performances is £1 on the door: no booking necessary.

All performances are at Govan Cross Church, 796 Govan Road G51 2YL (near Govan subway station and bus station).

Friday 13th
1900: The Way To Do It, Cran Theatre

A rehearsed reading of a new play in which Punch and Judy deal with the problems of old age.
Adult themes: not suitable for under 16s.

Saturday 14th
1130: The Pied Piper of Hamelin, Riverside Primary School

1300: Little Princess Goldtree, Yugen Puppet Company A wicked stepmother, a beautiful princess and an all knowing, all seeing magical trout – just the ingredients needed for a fairy tale. This Scottish ‘Snow White’ is told with hand carved puppets, striking shadow silhouettes and traditional story telling, with a Scottish soundscape accompaniment. Suitable for ages 4+

1500: The Willow Pattern Plate, Pirie Park Primary School

1600: Flea Circus, Soko Bauno Witness bizarre feats of strength, death defying stunts, brilliant balancing and jovial jumping, effortlessly performed before your very eyes. But a dark cloud descends accross the circus tent as the troupe prepare for their biggest ever night – Fifi the flea has disappeared! Just moments before they are due to perform for their unexpected celebrity guest; Petit Polly – the queen of the Flea circus. With the help of the audience and a very special magnifying glass – the show must go on! Performed indoors using a purpose built chapiteau, with original music, puppetry and sleight of hand.

1700: The Man Who Planted Trees, Puppet State Theatre “Laughs, heartbreak, war, regeneration, scented breezes, sparkling wit and the best dog puppet ever. Perfect for children and grown-ups. Terrific.” (The Guardian)
This multi-sensory theatrical adaptation of Jean Giono’s environmental classic tells the inspiring story of a shepherd who plants a forest, acorn by acorn, transforming a barren wasteland. As much a touching tale as it is a hilarious puppet show, THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES shows us the difference one man (and his dog!) can make to the world. Suitable for adults and children over 7.

Sunday 15th
1100: The Wedding at Cana, Gingerbread Puppets
This show is free and forms part of the regular Govan Cross Church Sunday morning worship

1400: Flea Circus, Soko Bauno (repeat performance)


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