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Late Summer News 2008
We've just returned from The Electric Picnic, Stradbally
in Ireland. A perfect weekend of music and entertainment. We performed
Chicken Licken in the Soul Kids area and had a brilliant time. Other
gigs this Summer since Glastonbury have included; The Green Man
festival, Worden Park as part of Parkicipate!, Devizes Street Theatre
Festival, Camp Bestival and Larks in the Parks at the Orleans House
Sian and Paul provide a musical interlude
in a break between shows inside our Puppets A Go Go! tent.
More Summer News 2008
Above you see Rachel and her puppet Baby having a lovely time playing
with the children on the kidz field
and here's Thurtinkle taking a break from his 'Dr Nose Travels
Through Time' show to chat with fans and onlookers
Summer News 2008
Adam and Rachel have travelled to Perth in Western
Australia to attend UNIMA 2008, the world congress of puppetry.
'Chicken Licken' was performed as part of the Carnival Day celebrations,
and both Adam and Rachel joined an international cast of puppeteers
on the 'Puppet Sports' performances from Quebec. DNA are once again
indebted to the generosity of Emirates
Airlines for their support offering fare reductions and baggage
allowances. The UK department of Trade and Industry and The Arts
Council of England also generously offered financial support.
While Adam and Rachel were away, DNA staff were delivering highly
successful performances and commissions. 'Dr Nose Travels Through
Time' toured North and South.
Museum for Children were eagerly anticipating the delivery
of their caterpillar commission. Rachel Riggs trained Eureka's
play-enablers in encouraging creative play using DNA's puppets
and props lovingly crafted by Heather Berril
DNA's 'Hoodies' puppets are in use by The
Lancaster Grand Theatre as part of their 'Animal Farm' production
by the Footlights Youth Theatre.
WE are also very excited to be part of the 'Portrait
of a Nation' project - We Make Manchester, working with the
Zion Centre creating 'Hoodies' Tour guides for young people at URBIS
for a very special event taking place taking place on July 13th.
As the weather warms we're looking forward to Dr
Nose turning up all over the place this Summer. He's making an appearance
at the Glastonbury Festival in Somerset, Camp Bestival in Dorset
and the Green Man Festival in Wales. He'll also be in Lichfield,
Richmond and Banbury over the Summer.
Ball Pond Bobby will be featuring alongside Chicken
Licken at the 3
Foot People festival in Chelmsford at the beginning of July
so come along if you can.
Spring News 2008
Dr Nose Travel's Through Time is now touring the
UK and our new performers Stephanie Ridings and Mark Duncan are
doing sterling work. Our audiences and venues are all giviing us
very positive feedback.
Specialist director Steve Wright of The Wright Stuff
with Dr Nose
Meanwhile Adam Bennett has been touring 'Chicken
Licken' and has just been performing 'Ball Pond Bobby' in Singapore
with performer Emma Lewis who toured with 'Baba Yaga Boney Legs'.
This tour was supported by Emirates
Airlines, and we are extremely grateful for their support.
In other developments, we're working with Viv Tyler
in the Arts: North West, and Laura Whillans of DWF
solicitors on company development through the Business in the
Arts skills bank. We have also bee assisted in staff management
training by the
Co-operative Group through Business in the Arts:North West.
Winter News 2007 2008
Atishoo! A Christmas Cold at the Lowry
We had a terrific sell out season at the Lowry with
Atishoo! and are now preparing our brand new show 'Dr Nose Travel's
Through Time'. More soon!
We've had a really successful Summer of touring,
taking Chicken Licken, Puss in Boots and Puppets A Go Go! to festivals
around the country. To finish the Summer, we took Skin Deep Circus
to Denmark and Puss in Boots to Ireland. We hope you got the chance
to catch these shows but if not there are opportunities to see Ball
Pond Bobby and Atishoo! in the Autumn and Winter.
We successfully applied to the Arts Council of England
for a grant to further develop the design and content of Ball Pond
Bobby, and we have used this grant to commission bespoke seating
to really aid the overall aesthetic and atmosphere of the performance
as well as enable adults and children to sit comfortably together,
remake the set and do a thorough evaluation. We're also working
on addition supporting materials for the family activities to enhance
the whole experience. We are very excited to be working with an
early years specialist to evaluate the project and Ludus Dance of
Lancaster worked with our dancer Tids Pickard to develop the choreography.
We're also having a restrospective of DNA artwork
as well as some of Rachel's work at PAD in Church St, Preston from
October 16th to November 10th. To launch the exhibition we're having
a special performance of Chicken Licken followed by a workshop.
A special christmas version of our stunning visual
show Atishoo! will be at the Worden Arts Centre in Leyland December
17th-19th and at the Lowry in Salford Keys, Manchester from December
27th to January 6th.
more Summer News 2007
|'Fluffy the Cat' designed and made by Georgina Solo (pictured
right) and performed by Rachel Riggs (pictured left)
Puss in Boots
has returned to Summer touring with an appearance at the Kidz field
at the Glastonbury festival. We are also developing a new style
of interactive workshop in which one woekshop leader guides the
crafting activity while the other uses a puppet to interact and
inspire the participants. We tried it at the Makendoo tent and it
went down a storm. Which is also how the whole festival went, with
the rain and the mud. Still, a great time was had by all.
Next on the summer touring is a last minute invitation to perform
at the Winchester Hat Fair, The 3-foot people festival in Chelmsford,
the St Alban's fringe festival, the Larmer Tree, Eastern Haze, and
the Green Man festival in Wales before crossing the channel to attend
the Aarhus festival in Denmark and finishing off with an appearance
at the International Puppet Festival in Dublin.
Summer News 2007
With the weather warming up , our happy thoughts
are turning to Summer festivals, but before that, it's time to tell
you all about our development touring of Ball
Pond Bobby, and our involvement in Blackpool's
Puppet Up! festival of puppetry and visual theatre,
which will again be in Blackpool town centre on the 19th and 20th
came up from Brighton to be with Adam and Tids for the very first
ever 'Ball Pond Bobby' preview at the Lyric Hammersmith. Rosa filmed
the event and it's now up to have a look at on youtube.com
or on the page of this site. Since then, we've been to Reading and
Maidenhead, London, Trowbridge, Banbury, Leicester and Lincoln.
It's wonderful to see the children and grown ups
playing and watching and responding to the action and effects.
The programming for the Puppet Up! festival weekend
is now complete with performances in the Grand
Theatre studio as well as street theatre performances.
We are keeping our fingers crossed for fine weather! We've had a
good response from primary and high schools in Blackpool and pulled
together a mix of artists to go in and help the pupils make a colourful
variety of puppets to be in the grand parade.
Spring news 2007
been working hard with Jonny Quick and Tids Pickard on 'Ball
Pond Bobby' at The
Lowry. Thanks goes to Porl Cooper for graciously
allowing us to rehearse in the Lowry's wonderful studios. Martin
Pearson has made our Bobby puppet and Jonny has been building our
ball pond set. Trial sessions at the Preston
Guild Hall were well received by our small but enthusiastic
groups of four-year-olds, and now wer'e in good shape to priemere
at the Lowry on March the 10th.
In the meantime, we've had invitations to take 'Puss
in Boots' to Ireland and 'Skin
Deep Circus' to Denmark later in the year, and we
are currently in discussions with the Lowry to do a Christmas run
Autumn news 2006
We're busy planning our new show for early years
audiences 'Ball Pond Bobby'.
Our new administrator Sadiya is settling in well and overseeing
our company development action plan as well as working with our
tour developer Rosa Parkin on the Spring of 2007. Our plans for
the Christmas run of 'Puss
in Boots' include a new set design, more songs and
a fabulous projected animated backdrop filmed by the Green Room's
own Jex (ex touring with Jonny Vegas and The Mighty Boosh) and the
amazing Steve Curtis.
also contiuing our work with the Harris
Museum and Art Gallery in Preston on their 'The
Collectors' project and have created puppets of Richard Newsham
and Mrs French as well as 'Harris' the cat for younger children.
These puppets help children understand the contributions of the
donors of two of the Harris' larger collections, while Harris the
cat helps children to access some of the more significant modern
More Summer News 2006
We're proud to welcome on board our newest staff
member Sadiya Ali who is
replacing Hazel Gornall Smith as Company Administrator. Hazel leaving
work to become a full-time mother. We wish her all the best, and
are very happy to welcome Sadiya, who comes straight from being
Assistant Producer at Contact Theatre in Manchester.
In the meantime, we've been busy touring 'Puppets
A Go Go!'. Coming up for the big tent is Nottingham Riverside
Festival and The Green Man Festival in Wales. 'Puss
in Boots' is playing outdoor gigs all over the country and
will be touring throughout autumn and winter. We're excited to announce
that the Green
Room, Manchester will be hosting a Christmas run of 'Puss
were also delighted to be part of Preston's
Carribean Carnival parade with a distinctly odd
bunch of puppet related costumes and figures
Summer News - 2006
the midsummer solistice upon us it feels strange not to be heading
off to the Glastonbury Festival this year, but we are very excited
about all the other summer events we are off to: the Wichester Hat
Fair, Harrow Museum again, Cardiff International Festival, Gloucester
Family Day, Nottingham Riverside Festival, Ely Festival, The Green
Man Festival as well as London parks in Richmond and Wandsworth.
'Puss in Boots'
has been touring all over the country to great acclaim going down
a storm in theatres, arts centres, village halls and outdoor events.
Recently we've been to Salisbury Festival, Knaresborough for the
International Festival and the Streets of Birghton festival.
More touring in the Autumn will finish with a Christmas run at the
Rachel has been training students in puppetry at
Student Drama Festival in Scarborough and Adam has been
recording voices for Jolly Phonics new CD-ROM. We took part in Preston's
Carnival Parade and the ART
06 event in Preston.
Rachel has been invited to perform 'Change
of Heart' in Blue
4 at the Royal Exchange, Manchester, and we are off to
Spain again in the Autumn with 'Chicken Licken' in Spanish.
We are also working with the Harris
Museum using puppetry to enable young visitors to have
a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Harris permanent
Spring News - 2006
We have had our first performances of 'Puss
in Boots', which have been going fantastically well. Many
thanks have to go to John Luther of South St Arts Centre in Reading
and Annabel Turpin of the Norden Farm Centre for the Arts in Maidenhead
for giving us a great run of 8 shows in 4 days to run the show in.
Starring Adam Bennett and Miriam Grau Casas, this show is an enjoyable
romp with lots of silliness and dressing up, and a cat with an attitude
Rachel has been running an innovative Arts Council
project called Fusion
- Esteem, which involved working with a group of young
women in Blackpool looking at issues around sex and relationships.
Using the creative artforms of visual theatre including puppetry,
shadow play and roleplaying, and using the work of Tracey Emin as
an inspiration to subvert 'traditional female skills' of fabric
collage and baking/cake decorating, the young women have become
more confidently expressive of their attitudes and concerns through
participating in the project.
We've also just noticed that Creative
Partnerships have taken a project that we were lead artists
in and trumpeted it as a model of best practise! here's the link
Also, Rachel has just created an exciting work-in-progress
called 'Change of Heart'
as part of the Nuffield Theatre Lancaster's 'Nuff Said' event. Based
on transcripts of people who have undergone heart transplants, it
explores the concept of 'cellular memory' through object theatre.
An intimate installed performance based on fairytale imagery, carnivalesque
worlds and cabinets of curiousities. Some instant feedback opportunities
were presented to the people attending the event via the use of
post-it notes. Here's a selection: "Challenging
imagery - superbly presented", "Intriguing",
"Strong subjects placed with
hard hitting Images"
We are also very excited about the possibility of
doing an international collaboration
with an Australian Company - Spare Parts Theatre in
Fremantle, Western Australia, with the support of UKTI through their
'Passport to Export' scheme and Preston City Council. More about
that soon. Explore the site to see if you can find out our historical
connections with Spare Parts.
Winter News - 10 November 2005
'Baba Yaga Boney Legs'
has been getting some fantastic audience feedback in the Autumn
tour and we'd like to thank all of you who have cheered and hooted
at the end of the show and those who have emailed us with your words
of appreciation and support. It really means a lot to us. Those
of you who haven't seen it yet, it's your last chance in London
on November 19th at Jackson's
Lane (Highgate tube), or if you're in the Midlands there's a
three day run at the Phoenix
Arts Centre in Leicester in mid-December.
If you're near Hereford, we're doing an extended
run of 'Chicken Licken' at the
theatre in December.
January 2006 will see us busily creating our new
show 'Puss in Boots' for a fantastic
2006 tour. The 2006 tour schedule will shortly be appearing on the
'Show Dates' page so keep an eye on our what's new section. We will
be opening the tour on February 14th at 21
South Street in Reading, thanks to the support of John Luther
there. Cheers John!
Here at DNA we are involved in a number of developments
for 2006, 2007 and 2008. We're very excited about our plans and
we will keep you in touch with all of them as they 'go live'. Early
years work, professional training and artistic collaborations are
all on the cards in the coming years.
Autumn News - 1 September 2005
The 'Puppets A Go Go!' tour has gone
fantastically well. We launched at the Glastonbury Festival and
the tent got it's first big test at 6am on Friday morning with
a lightning storm that flooded parts of the site! Full marks to
Dadu, our tent manager for the tour for keeping the marquee weathertight
and ship-shape. Other places we went to with 'Puppets A Go Go!'
were the Mouth of the Tyne festival, Stockton International Riverside
Festival and the Green Man festival.
We have a brilliant tour of 'Baba Yaga' organised for the Autumn,
and are planning our new show for Spring 2006 - 'Puss
Spring News - 14 March 2005
We've just had a go at putting up the marquee that
will eventually become 'Puppets a Go Go!'
- our new summer touring experience for festivals and events.
A beautiful day in the country and a team of eight made the day
into a delight.
Many thanks to Dadu Massy for his expertise on the day and to Mark
Duckworth for his support and muscle.
Jenny Rutter, Creative Industries officer of Preston City Council
is backing this new initiative
with planning support, cash and even showcasing it in Preston Town
Centre later in the year!
We've also just picked up two of the major puppets
for 'Baba Yaga' in preparation for
devising week starting today. You can get a sneak preview of them
on the 'Baba Yaga' page.
Georgina Solo has done a fine job of making them and they are very
Coming up we've got 'Chicken
Licken' in Stratford and Salford and 'Atishoo!'
before commencing touring 'Baba Yaga' in April.
Winter News - 11 February 2005
Dynamic New Animation are gearing up for a busy
Spring, but first we have to welcome on
board our new administrator Hazel Gornall, who is already making
contribution to the running of the new DNA office.
Adam has been out on the road touring 'The
Enormous Turnip' to Leicester and
taking new performer Anna Wilson from Plane Performance in Manchester
Bath and London with 'Atishoo!'. Next
week we commence a week long run at
the Bristol Old Vic for February half term.
Rachel has been leading a design team of Jo Pocock
('Shockheaded Peter') from
Liverpool and Georgina Solo from Lancaster to prepare the creations
for the new touring show 'Baba Yaga Boney
Legs'. Also involved is sculptor
and artist Marc Duckworth of Preston and Jonny Quick, who works
regularly as performer and production manager at Horse and Bamboo
Preston City Council and Lancashire County Council
are both supporting
our move to Preston with much logistical support and advice,
and grants for business and artistic development.
Summer News - August 2004
went to Prague in the Czech Republic and Gent in Belgium as well
Nottingham Playhouse, The Phoenix in Leicester, Glastonbury, and
Soon Leeds 'Rythyms of the City' will be chickened and at the end
of the year
Santiago de la Compostela in North West Spain will be chickened
'Atishoo!' toured to
Trowbridge, the Lyric, the Octagon, the Gateway,
Watermans, etc. Loads of places.
'The Enormous Turnip'
came out and did the rounds too.
We're working on a new show called 'Baba
Yaga Boney Legs' ready to go by Easter 2005.
In the meantime, Atishoo! will continue touring with 'Chicken Licken'
and 'Turnip' through
the Autumn of 2004 and early 2005.
Winter News - January 2004
DNA has moved into The Watermark Building, a creative
hub of the City of Preston, Lancashire.
Containing office and workshop facilities for a vibrant mixture
of artists, designers, photographers,
insrument makers and other 'creatives', we are looking forward to
mixing with stimulating company!
'Chicken Licken' and 'The Enormous Turnip' will
be touring England from January.
Our new show opens April 17th. We are currently
ins creative development for this
production and are already very excited! A single performer surrounded
by tissue will
guide the audience through a journey of imagination from a quiet
place of recovery
through colourful Images and creatures of paper, being guided by
a helpful figure
to a riot of health and happiness.
We hope to create a magical environment using soundscapes,
simple material that leaves plenty of scope for young imaginations
to fill in the gaps.
Be sure to try and catch this one. We have a feeling it's going
to be special.
Autumn News - September 2003
We've still got some touring in Europe to go with 6 performances
and two workshops of 'Chicken Licken' at the World Festival of Puppetry
in Charleville-Mezieres, France, and 5 performances in Galicia,
North West Spain. 'Chicken Licken' can be seen in the UK in Mansfield,
Notts and the Tricycle, London in October.
The Autumn tour of 'The Enormous Turnip' goes to
Our new show for children under six will be coming
out next Easter. This new show will be our most innovative and experimental
to date with young children being led through a journey of imagination
using light and shadow, paper and performer. October sees a research
and development period at the Horse and Bamboo Centre, Rossendale,
Lancashire, with creative artists in visual theatre, music and lighting
design. More about this innovative touring show in the Winter newsletter.
The plans for our new project for young people 'Genie
in a Bottle' continue. Over ten weeks in Spring next year, 20 young
people between 15 and 20 years old will work with DNA at the Manchester
Museum to create a work-in-progress performance that will be performed
to young people in various venues in the North West, as well as
live on the world wide web. If you would like to be involved in
this project, please contact the company.
Summer News - June 2003
SELLOUT NATIONWIDE TOURING -
'The Enormous Turnip - a Feast of Folk Tales'
The first half of 2003 has been Dynamic New Animation's most rewarding
time yet, with a highly successful launch and tour of our newest
show for children with an educational workshop that extends participation
and aids audience development and family learning. The show and
wokshop has been selling out all over the UK including;
Unity Theatre Liverpool
DNA BREAKS OUT INTO EUROPE!
'Skin Deep Circus' and 'Chicken Licken'
Last year our newest member Rosa Parkin worked hard to contact
festivals and venues in Holland, France and Spain, and Adam took
'Chicken Licken' to Lille and Santiago de Compostela, performing
in French and Spanish.
This Summer we're loading up the van and heading out to
Dordrecht , Holland, for the International Poppentheater Festival
Chalon-sur-Saone, France, for the Chalon de la Rue street theatre
Gourin, Brittany, for the Espace Marionette Festival
Charleville-Mezieres, France, for the World Festival of Puppetry
Galicia, Spain for the Sala Yago fesitival of Puppetry
MAJOR NEW FUNDING AWARD - 'Genie in a Bottle'
Preparations are under way for major new project in 2004 initiated
by DNA called 'Genie in a Bottle'. This project, funded by the Wellcome
Trust through their 'Pulse' fund for young people, will give young
people in Manchester a chance to explore their responses to the
implications for humanity and society of Genetic Engineering and
This work will result in a work-in-progress performance by the
participating young people using puppetry and visual theatre techniques
with the help of DNA and the Manchester Museum. This performance
will then tour to venues in the North West to stimulate thinking
and debate amongst young people in the region. Venues interested
in hosting a performance are invited to contact email@example.com
DNA's work in outreach and education in 2003 includes
'Short Fuse' a issue-based project offering parents of teenage
children the chance to explore parenting skills through puppetry
(supported by Barnardos and Lifelong Learning)
'Medieval Players' - a residency at Bispham Performing Arts High
School for year seven students creating processional puppets, costumes
'Where Do We Go from Here?' - an issue-based Connexions residency
in Oxfordshire for teenagers dealing with future plans and career
Winter News - November 2002
DNA has just completed a tour of 'Skin Deep Circus'
around the UK culminating with two shows at the Science Museum,
London. Christmas shows of 'Sweetie Pie' at the Arcola Theatre,
Dalston from the 17th to the 21st of December take place before
creating a new children's performance 'The Enormous Turnip' which
is touring nationally from February 2003.
DNA's hit show 'Chicken Licken' played a number of performances
in France at the 'Brumes et Frimas' festival, and many more performances
in France and Spain are being sought for 2003, as well as a national
and international tour of 'Skin Deep Circus'.
Programming has just been completed for 'Puppet
Up! 2003' with a fantastic line-up of theatre, street and static
shows, exhibition and parade.
The company's groundbreaking perfromance for 14 year olds concerning
sex and relationships 'Sex & Chips' will be touring in April
2003 accompanied by an intensive workshop exploring the issues raised
in the performance.
Spring Newsletter - April 2002
With Puppet Up!2002 in schools all over Blackpool, preparing
for the Grand Parade through the town centre on May 18th, it's
time to take stock of DNA's achievements so far this year and
what we can see on the horizon.
The Skin Deep Circus development at the Horse and Bamboo Centre
was a wonderful week of creativity and inspiration. We hope to
be able to tour the show in late October this year, and have had
interest from various venues around the country. Chicken Licken
and Sweetie Pie have toured extensively, including a benefit gig
for Hindle House nursery at the Arcola Theatre in London. Several
expressions of interest were made by festivals and venues in France,
although nothing has been confirmed yet. Both shows will tour
into the summer, and Thurtinkle's Telling Tales is also playing
in London, Manchester, Salisbury and Winchester. The lovely Hannah
Ringham, who plays in Sweetie Pie, will be starring in 'Dance,
Bear, Dance' with the fantastic SHUNT collective in Bathnal Green
this Summer, so catch it if you can.
'Sex and Chips' toured to ten venues over the two weeks in April,
with overwhelmingly positive feedback from all venues. Year Nine
students of schools in Burnley, Blackpool, Garstang and Preston
enjoyed the production, which included two 18 year olds in the
cast, and the workshops afterwards covered the decision-making
process that goes into negotiating relationships and emphasising
personal responsibility in deciding about sex and contraception.
'Instant' puppets were used to role-play negotiating sexual advances
in social situations. Currently DNA are writing a report on the
project and our researcher Andrew Hobbs is compiling an analysis
of the effectiveness of the project through before and after questionnaires
as well as a six-month follow-up of a school we toured to in October
2001. We hope to make this production available nationally each
April from now on.
We accepted a commision from the Discovery Centre in Stratford,
East London, to design and build puppets, as well as train performers
in puppetry for their education and outreach program, and Rachel
has very much enjoyed the experience. A residency at Claremont
School, Blackpool on behalf of Blackpool Child Protection Commitee
was conducted on the week of the 4th of March 2002. A group of
25 year six students, learnt puppetry, designed and built puppets
and staging, storyboarded and rehearsed a show which dealt with
coping with danger both inside and outside the home. The performance
was shown to the whole school from year three upwards on the final
With residencies in schools in Blackpool already started and the
imminent opening of the Forkbeard Fantasy exhibition at the Grundy
Arts Galley in Blackpool, Puppet Up! is upon us! It all leads
to the festival weekend on the 17th, 18th and 19th of May with
professional masterclasses, specially commisioned street-theatre
performances, international acts, and of course SOOTY! This festival
will bring Blackpool Town Centre alive with street shows, a grand
parade, theatre performances, window displays and a riot of colour.
Winter Newsletter - January 2002
In the ice and snow of London and Lancashire, Adam
and Rachel are in a huddle planning some SERIOUS touring for 2002.
DNA are working with Horse
and Bamboo theatre in February developing Skin
Deep Circus with financial assistance from the North
West Arts Board. With both Chicken
Licken and Sweetie Pie touring
nationally in the Spring and plans afoot for another tour of Sex'n'Chips
to schools and youth groups in Lancashire in April, the company
looks set for a lot of travelling!
goes international this Summer with performances at festivals in
Europe and in October, Skin Deep Circus
will tour nationally. Keep an eye on the touring list for upcoming
Both Chicken Licken and Sweetie
Pie have puppet making workshops attached to the shows and we
are pleased to see that more venues are taking advantage of the
combination in 2002.
Sex'n'Chips is as much
of an education package as a show, and the workshop that accompanies
the performance takes a good look at the issues surrounding sex,
health and babies. Role-play with puppets forms an integral part
of these workshops.
The Blackpool Child Protection Committee has commisioned
DNA to work with Claremont School on a residency to help year seven
students perform a piece of visual theatre called 'Safe'. This performance
will be about basic human rights of freedom from fear and oppression.
We will also be conducting a two day course at the
Bamboo Centre in Rossendale, Lancashire. This course is for
professional visual theatre performers who are interested in learning
some puppetry technique and bringing traditional techniques into
contemporary practise. The course is already sold out. Please join
our mailing list if you would like to be notified about courses
Rachel Riggs has Puppet
Up!, Blackpools national festival of puppetry and visual theatre,
well in hand with a line up of stage and street shows that will
thrill and amaze. With six weeks of education work and shows touring
schools beforehand, the festival kicks off on Friday May 17th. With
a feast of street shows, theatre shows, displays and exhibitions,
as well as an enormous parade through the centre of Blackpool to
kick off the proceedings, it will be a puppetastic weekend.
DNA has been busy touring 'Chicken Licken' and 'Sweetie
Pie' premiered at the London Festival of Children's Theatre. Hannah
Ringham of SHUNT joins Adam Bennett onstage in this engaging two-hander
touring nationally. Meanwhile Rachel Riggs co-ordinated and led
education workshops for Puppet Up!2001 in Blackpool and DNA conducted
week long residencies at Carden High School, Brighton and Bispham
High School of Performing Arts, Blackpool
In May, DNA completed phase two of work on a major
project in Blackpool devising a Sex and Relationships Puppetry education
performance and workshop for young people between 11 and 16 years
old. Funded by the North West Arts Board (through RALP) and Blackpool,
Wyre, Fylde and Lancashire local services, the project premiered
it's work-in-progress youth theatre performance directed by Rachel
Riggs alongside a team including Matt Smith from Pickled Herring,
with publicity created by young people at PRESCAP community arts.
Andrew Hobbs from Healthwise is researching and documenting this
DNA has new adminstrative staff. Bethan Evans is
helping to deliver the SRE (sex & relationships education) production,
and Rosa Parkin
is handling enquries for shows and workshops.
The Barbican in London is holding a fantastic event
for kids in August to complement the run of Julie Taymore's "The
King Stag". Rachel Riggs will be project co-ordinator and lead
After being showcased at Horse and Bamboo's Puppetsense
weekend in July, DNA will be showcased at MAC in Birmingham and
the Take Off Festival of Theatre for Young People in October.
We are being helped by Business in the Arts: North
West in working out our plans to expand and modernise DNA. Lee Marriot
of Cosgrove Hall Films has kindly volunteered to help out in planning,
and John Thewlis of Chittenden Horley Accountants is assisting with
project management and company structuring.
Our DNA is Mutating! What a year 2000 we had! DNA
performed over 80 shows of Chicken Licken and Thurtinkle's Telling
Tales for children, and Skin Deep Circus for adults. Adam Bennett
performed in over 120 shows for the Unicorn Theatre for Children
and Theatre Rites, and the very talented Mark Down filled in for
Adam touring Chicken Licken. Meanwhile Rachel Riggs co-ordinated
and led education workshops for Tate Britain, Tate Modern, The Lowry
Centre and the Lyric Hammersmith amongst many others!
In September, DNA began work on a major project
in Blackpool devising a Sex and Relationships Puppetry education
performance and workshop for young people between 11 and 16 years
old. Funded by the North West Arts Board (through RALP) and Blackpool,
Wyre, Fylde and Lancashire local services, the project is now in
it's second stage devising the production with a team including
Matt Smith from Pickled Herring, PRESCAP community arts and Andrew
Hobbs from Healthwise researching and documenting.
There will be a 'work in progress' performance on
Friday May 4th to preview Puppet UP! 2001 Blackpool Festival of
British Puppetry. 'Sweetie Pie' is our new show for 2001. A playful
exploration of the familiar story of Hansel and Gretel which leaps
from the reality of many family situations into the fantasy of a
'Sweetie Pie' will premiere at the Half Moon Theatre
for Young People on March 31st as part of the London Festival of
Children's Theatre. In the meantime and throughout the year 'Chicken
Licken' will still be touring and of course our much loved Thurtinkle
will be sticking his nose our at parks and venues in the summer
and at special events. DNA are peased to welcome our new administrator
Bethan Evans who is developing our work in the north of England
and administering the SRE Puppetry Education project.
DNA will be resident at the Puppet Centre for 2001,
working in partnership to support and help develop the Centre's
information, education and fundraising programme. Rachel will be
again directing Puppet Up! 2001, Blackpool's Festival of Puppetry
May 13th -20th with street theatre shows, a grand parade, exhibitions
and education programme.