PuppetSoup director Fagner Gastaldon is currently touring performing as the lead puppeteer in ‘Twinkle Twinkle’ a production by Touched Theatre performing in Little Angel Theatre in London. Fagner is manipulating the dog puppet, ‘Marty’ which plays alongside the father character … Continued
Learn to design and make a puppet or perform with puppets in one of our affordable and professional puppetry training courses in London this summer! PuppetSoup offer a variety of puppet making workshops, classes, craft masterclasses and courses in … Continued
PuppetSoup are running a one week course for young aspiring puppeteers in London’s Unicorn Theatre! Here’s what they have to say about the course! : Get on stage and make your own show! Learn, rehearse and perform a puppetry … Continued
We are now taking bookings for our fantastic new double bill ‘The Memory Keeper’ and ‘Jack’. Enjoy TWO thirty minute shows in one great Night (or day) Out combining one classic comedy with a modern twist in the … Continued
All young people aged 50 plus in the Vale of Grwyne are welcome to attend these exciting two weekends to create a memory box for the whole community!
We have been involved in recycling education for years, and are very pleased that now Sky News is leading the way forward on informing the public about the importance of stopping plastic waste entering the environment. All our shows extensively … Continued
Keep an eye out for our tour dates of the fantastic new show from PuppetSoup from the 20th March 2017!! CLICK HERE to check for tour dates in your area
Dates coming up for Land of the Dragon – Gwlad y Ddraig this February and March! Watch our tour dates page here
Here are a couple of the images of the puppets from the new show. Enjoy!
Had a great workshop in Llangenny near Crickhowell, Powys on the 10th December 2016. well attended by the local and rural community for the Messy Church event and Christmas Puppet Making by PuppetSoup!
Come and learn to make puppets and all about puppet theatre with some of the PuppetSoup team! Half term workshop available at Brecon Theatre on Tuesday! An exciting, fun, familiy half term event! https://theatrbrycheiniog.ticketsolve.com/shows/873562230/events?locale=en-GB
Land of the Dragon – Gwlad y Ddraig will be visiting North and South Wales in October 2016! Make sure you come to see us at one of the dates! Find out the updated schedule here: www.puppetsoup.com/tour-dates/
We are looking for a freelance self employed producer to work on two major projects with us. Experience of sales and fundraising in health and rural arts preferred. Experience of TIE ideal. If you are interested in working on production, … Continued
Here are the English language leaflets we created for our scratch performance on the 26th of April! Over 300 of these were given out on the day of the performance all with the QR code linking to the Welsh language … Continued
And here are the Welsh language leaflets we created for our scratch performance on the 26th of April!
Throughout the development process for Arthur we have been practicing techniques of performance. Here is an extract from a workshop Fagner provided to Naomi and Tamar to develop their physical fluidity.
My final day on R&D for Arthur the Bear King saw us visiting Llanfoist Primary School once more. We took some puppets from the show to pass around in assembly, and asked for further feedback from the pupils following their visit … Continued
The whole of Llanfoist Primary School arrived at 9.30am to see our developed piece on Tuesday 26th April. The school have been a huge part of our devising and development process, and it was a real pleasure to have them … Continued
Monday 25th April saw us at the Borough Theatre bright and early to begin intensive rehearsals for our open showing of the R&D process the next day. As Lukasz and Fagner have been working almost non-stop on set and puppets … Continued
Today, Friday 15th, saw us introducing members of the public and creative professionals to some of the elements of our work in progress. We put up examples of Ana’s wonderful story boards and set ideas and filled the rehearsal room … Continued
April 10th marked the start of my first full week working on Arthur – and it’s been an incredibly varied and exciting week. We’ve moved from plotting and storymaking (with the helpful input of local playwright Charles Way) to beginning … Continued
This week saw us up on our feet testing ideas out in the rehearsal space. We took over a room in the local Community Centre, firstly emptying it out of furniture and musical instruments, and then filling it up again … Continued
PuppetSoup Artwork Display and Drop-in Day Drop in and see the work we have been doing towards the new show! Friday 15th April, 11.30am – 4.30pm Abergavenny Community Centre, Park Street On the 15th of April, PuppetSoup will be holding an open day … Continued
Here are some more sketchbook pages exploring the idea of landscape and some elements found in the Arthur legends. This is a developing of the set elements and a visual exploration of all the research elements! More to come later!
Here are a couple of drawings further exploring the world we are researching for Arthur. These in particular explore Merlin’s house and a visual moment that was talked about after reading some of the legends about Arthur. These are developing … Continued
These are some explorations and experiences on how to evoke the landscape and elements we have been researching into a performative space. The model is a very very rough cardboard model, that allows to quickly experiment different elements and compositions. … Continued
Here are the sketchbook pages produced during these first 5 days of research and development for Arthur! We did some visual research into the natural and architectonical welsh landscape and I have been responding to it, choosing details and textures … Continued
Here is the follow up video for the Research and Development for Arthur! Days 2, 3 and 4!
Some of the questions that we have become concerned with through discussion are: Who is Arthur? Who is the Welsh Arthur? How does Arthur relate to Wales and to the Welsh people? What lessons can we learn from Arthur’s life … Continued
Our first video diary of the Research and Development for Arthur!
A great first day was spent immersing ourselves in the world, stories and folklore of King Arthur. We visited some beautiful, spiritual places in the hills above Crickhowell, began delving into a myriad of stories and tales and took deep … Continued
‘Arth’ means bear in Welsh. PuppetSoup are a bilingual visual theatre company utilising multiple languages and visual theatre in our productions. Today, supported by the Arts Council of Wales, Creu Cymru and Abergavenny Borough Theatre we started the Research and … Continued
Happy New Year to all our collaborators and audience members! We are delighted to let you know that we will now be partnering with Abergavenny Borough Theatre to produce exciting new bodies of theatrical work, provide workshops and create closer … Continued
We hope everyone has had a fantastic Christmas and New Year and that 2016 brings all the puppetry fun you could hope for! Our five star piece ‘Land of the Dragon – Gwlad y Ddraig’ is available to book for … Continued
We are creating a DOUBLE BILL of bilingual (Welsh / English) puppetry and storytelling that will be available for rural touring, theatres, school and community venues in 2016. ‘Cauldron of Ceridwen’ was first made for the North Wales event ‘Take … Continued
Sound technician needed in Abergavenny, Wales! We need assistance with editing a sound design over the week of the 1 – 5th February. This is a voluntary position however it would be great experience for an aspiring sound designer or … Continued
Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015 REVIEW — Gwlad y Ddraig, Land Of The Dragon ***** The stage is set with an inquisitive, wooly sheep gently tugging and baaing at her carer’s leash. She is shrewdly assessing the suitability of the incoming … Continued
A quick update about our show! The tour has been going well, with shows in Abergavenny, Portfield, Caerphilly, Sennybridge, Pontypool, Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire, Penally, Blaenau Gwent and Cheshire! We still have some dates available before and after we head to … Continued
Many thanks to the Taibach Action Group and Eastern Primary School in Port Talbot, we really enjoyed performing there and loved the pictures the children at the school painted and drew for us! A part of the Night Out scheme … Continued
Be sure to keep an eye on www.welshtales.com for updated tour schedules! Rural venues, theatres and community centres email firstname.lastname@example.org to book! Date Place Booking Details Saturday 19th December Siop Chapel, Llangadog, SA19 9RE 01550 740462 Saturday … Continued
Land of the Dragon – Gwlad y Ddraig will be touring schools and venues across the UK in the coming months of 2015! Great five star reviewed bilingual theatre and astonishing, award winning puppetry from PuppetSoup! All venues … Continued
FIX FREDDIE! – PULLING STRINGS TO REDUCE PRESSURE ON MINORS Francesca Cleugh⇓, Annette Langseth, Charlotte Clements, Menai Salam, Lucia Manfredi +Author Affiliations Imperial College Healthcare NHS, London, United Kingdom Abstract Objectives & Background Emergency and urgent care workload is becoming … Continued
***** 5 STARS from Broadway Baby “the audience loved it. It was a privilege to be there.” – http://www.broadwaybaby.com/shows/land-of-the-dragon-gwlad-y-ddraig/702223 ***** 5 STARS from The Stage “this enthralling epic reaches wonderful denouement.” – http://www.puppetsoup.com/five-star-review-from-the-stage-for-land-of-the-dragon/thestagereview/ **** 4 STARS from Three Weeks “a beautifully put together production” … Continued
Our Broadway Baby review is in from Sue Bevan, and it’s FIVE stars again! Click here to read it on their site, or see it here: Magical. Mystical. Enchanting. Bewitching. Throw the lexicon at this show. No, don’t … Continued
Read our fantastic review on The Stage website here! From the great Mabinogion myths of mediaeval Wales comes an enthralling tale of battles between huge red and white dragons, a white snake attacking the red dragon’s egg, a brave … Continued
Here is our wonderful 4 star review from The List! You only have to look around the audience at PuppetSoup’s engaging show to see that it works for all-comers. From toddlers through to grown-ups (many of them there without … Continued
Here is another wonderful review, this time from Three Weeks magazine: PuppetSoup, a Welsh group that create spectacular and completely immersive storytelling experiences, have done it again with ‘Land Of The Dragon’. Mesmerising puppetry brings to life the … Continued
Had a lot of fun helping the kids at the BBC Pink Tent at the Edinburgh Fringe make dragon and fairy puppets!
Another wonderful review for Land of the Dragon – Gwlad y Ddraid, this one from Primary Times. This entrancing production from PuppetSoup draws on Welsh Mythology to provide a bewitching performance from the creative puppeteers. Red and white … Continued
Another fantastic review, this time from Total Theatre magazine, read it here!
Land of the Dragon – ‘Gwald y Ddraig’ Every day at 10am, 1- 25th August 2014! The Aviary, Zoo Venues, Edinburgh, EH8 9RR Lose yourself on an enchanting puppetry adventure through time, landscapes and legends into the world … Continued
NHS Press Release about Fix Freddie! April 24, 2014 See below or visit : http://www.imperial.nhs.uk/aboutus/news/news_044026 Families invited to puppet theatre event for advice on managing minor illness and injuries in children – 24 April 2014 Families in north-west … Continued
Fix Freddie! on tour NOW! Fix Freddie! on tour NOW! March 10, 2014 Come to see our new show Fix Freddie! produced for the NHS and with Connecting Care for Children and the Royal Central School … Continued
The Puppet Opera Triple Bill that we performed puppetry in has won an Off West End Award! Hurrah! http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2014/mar/03/titanic-off-west-end-award-winner
IP CenSes at the Bloomsbury Festival 2013: 18 and 19 Oct October 27, 2013 Friday 18 October, 4.30-6.30pm Room 349, Senate House, WC1 Lecture: The Art of Surgery Roger Kneebone (Prof Surgical Education, Imperial College) … Continued
Science and medical science collaborators wanted October 21, 2013 We are searching for a collaborator to work with us as an advisor to a new project. Ideally they will come from a science background, specifically paediatric medicine … Continued
Cia Mutua October 21, 2013 Have a look at Fagner’s early work with Cia Mutua from 2000 onwards… Look out for new works coming up next summer! http://www.ciamutua.com.br/home/
Welsh artists needed! October 21, 2013 We are looking for Welsh artists for a project we are working on! Are you Welsh (and bilingual) living in London? Are you from one of the following disciplines … Continued
The Art of Surgery – http://philevents.org/event/show/11985 October 18, 2013 http://philevents.org/event/show/11985 The Art of Surgery Roger Kneebone (Imperial College London) Bloomsbury Festival Friday, October 18 2013, 9:30pm BST – 11:30pm Centre for the Study … Continued
Another great review for the Puppet Opera! November 12, 2013