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Buxton Puppet Festival 2011 promotion image
Buxton Puppet Festival 2011 promotion image
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ONE OF the cultural highlights in Buxton’s calendar, the Buxton Puppet Festival, returns for its ninth year next month.

The co-produced festival by Buxton Opera House and Buxton-based puppetry company Funny Wonders includes an array of colourful and creative performances and workshops taking place across the town between Monday July 25 and Saturday July 30.

Buxton Puppet Festival 2011 promotion image

Buxton Puppet Festival 2011 promotion image

Performances include a return visit from Presto Puppets with their version of the Arabian Nights tale Aladdin & His Wonderful Lamp on Thursday July 28 at 2pm.

Expect a fast-moving fantasy pantomime using a host of half-life-sized, exquisitely costumed rod puppet creations.

The show will be performed to a backdrop of beautiful Chinese silk pictures and uplifting ragtime music.

The Chalk Giants by Indefinite Articles is set to provide children with a creative twist on puppetry with its mix of storytelling, puppetry and on-screen images on Friday July 29 at 2pm.

This ‘terrific and alternative twist of a show’ will tell the traditional story of Jack & The Giants and other engrossing folk tales.

Free outdoor performances will include Sinbad the Sailor, Winter and Christmas Tales, The Mr Punch Show and Ali Baba & The Four Tea Thieves, plus there’ll be a colourful puppet parade by Presto Puppets.

A diverse mix of exciting workshops will be taking place throughout the festival, where young people can try their hand at making and performing their own specially-designed puppets including shadow, rod, glove and butterfly puppets.

l Buxton Puppet Festival 2011 brochures are available from the Buxton Opera House Box Office now.

To purchase tickets or make bookings, call 0845 127 2190 or visit www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.