STRATFORD – Stratford can expect sightings of unique creatures soon.
Puppets of every shape, size and colour hit the streets for the second annual PuppetWorks! mini-fest (July 12-14, 2019) brought to Stratford by SpringWorks Festivals.
Market Square and City Hall will be the main venues for the festival, with shows for children, families and adults. You may also get pleasantly surprised by an impromptu puppet appearance or busking performance around the downtown.
Six different puppet troupes and three strolling street performance troupes comprise the puppet excitement ready to hit the Festival City.
“Puppets speak an international language, even when they are saying nothing at all,” says SpringWorks Artistic Director, Eileen Smith. “There is something about the art of puppetry that can communicate so well the spectrum of human stories, be they sad, dramatic, funny or whimsical.”
SpringWorks is deeply committed to sharing this ancient artform with Stratford audiences and has made all performances “Pay What You Choose” to facilitate maximum attendance. Puppet fans are encouraged to book a seat online.
On the weekend, arrive early to see what seats are available. If the first showing of your choice is full, you can book at the box office, on site, for the next one.
Set your imagination free and let the puppets take you on a magical journey!
At City Hall:
Puzzle Theatre/ Théâtre Puzzle (Bulgaria/Montreal) – Plastique/Plastic introduces plastic bag creatures that are born and transform into funny and colourful creatures.
Le Théâtre des Petites Âmes (Small Souls)(Montreal) – Puppeteer, Isabelle Payant, presents Pekka, the gentle story of a tiny brave turtle who engages 2 to 5-year-olds to travel the world with her, looking for Miss Moon.
Three different collections of Puppet Short Films brought to us by Handmade Puppet Dreams and the famous Henson dynasty, sponsored by Edward Daranyi (2 family shows, last screening rated PG12)
In the Market Square Performance Tent:
In Norwegian Tales, Sarah Granskou (Kitchener), leads us on a lyrical journey into Norwegian folk and local forest lore with trolls, pet dragons, their felted puppet friends, poetic stories and music.
The Udder Show features late night talk show host, David Udderman, the cow, as he interviews Creatureville’s alpacas, chickens and other special guests!
Rock the Arts (Ottawa)
Toronto Humber College Artist’s Puppet School – A Bit of Everything provides a fascinating and funny introductory crash course in the art of puppetry.
Eclectic CABARET – introduces the “Puppet SLAM” - a collection of short puppet works brought to life by our travelling puppeteers with musical moments from some of our favourite SpringWorks’ artist-friends (PG13).
Street Performances in Market Square and strolling downtown Stratford
Les Panachés’ Shake la Catin and Shake le Costume (Montreal)– Friday and Saturday evening
‘Electric’ body and large-scale puppets will light up the square with dancing energy
Les Chasseurs de Rêves (Montreal) – Les Oiseaux, bring their street magic, á la Cirque du Soleil, to the streets of Stratford during the day Saturday and Sunday
The Udder Show “on the hoof” will be out and about interviewing folks on the street and local shopkeepers
Le Théâtre des Petites Âmes (Small Souls) (Montreal)- Puppet gardeners invite Little Ones from 2 to 6 to touch, feel and discover in their puppet garden.
On Friday and Saturday nights, Sip & Shop Night Markets will provide a wonderful selection of artisanal vendors in Market Square adding to the mini-fest’s fun.
Black Swan Brewery will host the Beer and Beverage Garden- in the middle of the Market Square for sitting, sipping a local brew and puppet-watching!
Visit http://www.springworksfestival.ca/swf2019-puppetschedule for more detailed information about the puppet troupes and the schedule for July 12 to 14, 2019. The schedule posts information about the recommended age and length of presentation for each production.
SpringWorks is a Stratford-based multidisciplinary, indie theatre and arts, charitable organization that presents a variety of NEW works in all stages of development in the disciplines of theatre, music, dance, puppetry, and cross-cultural & exploratory theatre forms throughout the year, under the direction of Artistic Producer Eileen Smith.