Call Out for Puppetry Scratch Performances


10 x £100 travel grants for emerging puppeteers to help facilitate new scratch/short performance

excerpts at Skipton Puppetry Festival 2017. Open to applicants from across the UK.


Do you have an idea for a puppet show but are missing an outlet to perform it in? Do you already have the beginnings of a piece but need a professional outside eye and performance experience to drive it forward? Do you want the opportunity to showcase your in-development work at a prominent international puppetry festival?


Skipton Puppet Festival, in association with Moving Parts: Newcastle Puppetry Festival, is offering 10 artists/groups of any age, with strong interest in puppetry and creating work for the small stage, the opportunity to artists/groups to perform and receive feedback at an international puppetry festival. With the aim of developing emerging puppeteers and the growing, diversifying puppetry sector, this opportunity is open to any UK-based artist of any age. As well as gaining artistic development, successful applicants will receive a travel bursary and optional accommodation/food during their stay, giving support to participate more fully in the rest of the festival.


We are looking for submissions of between 5-15 minutes of scratch/short performances that heavily feature puppetry and/or object theatre. Performances can use up to three performers. Successful submissions will be performed at the festival in the festival hub site to a live audience, with opportunity to receive constructive feedback from viewers and create professional connections. Companies will receive a copy of all feedback gained from the performance. Skipton Puppet Festival is a key date in the UK and European calendar and there will be a number of highly regarded puppeteers in the area. This is a fantastic opportunity specifically aimed at budding puppeteers, emerging artists, and professional artists with fresh ideas.


Applicants must be available between 29th September - 1st October 2017.


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