Puppets set to come alive

One of the cultural highlights in Buxton’s calendar, Buxton Puppet Festival, will be gliding into town for its ninth year from Monday 25 to Saturday 30 July.

The co-produced Puppet Festival by Buxton Opera House and Buxton-based puppetry company Funny Wonders includes an array of enchanting performances and workshops taking place across the town. Performances include a return visit from Presto Puppets with their version of the Arabian Nights tale of 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 and colourful rod puppet creations. The show will be performed to a backdrop of beautiful Chinese silk pictures and uplifting ragtime music.

Alongside Aladdin, Presto Puppets will provide the ever popular and awesome Puppet Parade; a colourful, animated variety show with glamorous trick marionettes!

The Chalk Giants by Indefinite Articles is set to captivate and engage children with its mix of storytelling, puppetry and on-screen images on Friday July 29 at 2pm. The ‘terrific and alternative twist of a show’ will tell the traditional story of Jack & The Giants and other engrossing folk tales.

As well as puppet performances there will be an array of exciting workshops including teaching the art of making and performing puppets.

Tickets for Aladdin & Puppet Parade and The Chalk Giants are available at the Box Office now.

The full Buxton Puppet Festival line-up of workshops and events and all tickets are available at the Box Office now.