With over 30 companies across four venues plus the streets of Beverley, we presented a vast array of puppet performances, with styles and techniques to delight adults and children alike. The 8th festival that took place 13th-15th July 2018 was largely made possible by our primary national funder Arts Council England.
This 2018 theme of ‘transformations and journeys’ saw ambitious adventures afoot for the festival as we joined forces with Moving Parts Arts. This partnership helped the festival grow and created new opportunities for artistic networking and development, particularly through The Moving Parts Scratch Space, a space to showcase exciting new scratch shows co-hosted by the Indigo Moon Theatre Tent.
We also welcomed puppet theatre friends from across the UK, Hungary and the Netherlands who travelled to Beverley to create magical domains for you to enter. We want to thank everyone - our volunteers, funders, sponsors, partners, artists and our audiences for helping the festival on its award-winning journey. It is 13 years since we brought the very first puppet festival to Beverley to celebrate this amazing world of puppetry!
Anna Ingleby and Kerrin Tatman
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Beverley Puppet Festival is organised by a small dedicated team of creative producers and supported by a large team of volunteers over the festival weekend.
Co-Artistic Director / Founder
Beverley-born Anna Ingleby originally trained as a visual artist in Edinburgh, and later in mime, movement, puppetry & voice in London & Indonesia. A freelance puppeteer since 1991, she founded her own company Indigo Moon Theatre in 1999, at first based in London, which tours shows and workshops nationally & internationally. In 2004 she returned to Beverley and founded Beverley Puppet Festival in 2005, before it became a funded biennial festival, adopted by the committee of Beverley Arts Trust in 2006. Although recently relocated to Hull where Indigo Moon Theatre’s production base is, she continues to co-direct this festival for her original home town.
Kerrin Tatman is a creative producer, multi-instrumentalist musician and performer specialising in cross-disciplinary projects. He joined the Beverley Puppet Festival team in 2014 as Director's Assistant and helped deliver both the 2014 and 2016 festivals in this role. In 2017 he Co-Founded and Co-Directed the debut Moving Parts: Newcastle Puppetry Festival and now takes the title of Artistic Director for the 2019 edition. Kerrin returned to Beverley Puppet Festival in the new role of Co-Artistic Director for 2018.
Beverley Richmond has 16+ years marketing/PR/event management experience, including being a founder member of VHEY’s and Welcome to Yorkshire's PR teams. She significantly developed Beverley Puppet Festival in her support role as Festival Co-ordinator, 2013 - 2016 and returned for 2018 as Communications Director.
Festival Production Assistant
Frances Allison is a freelance performer and theatre maker based in Hull. She frequently works for Spin Off Productions delivering educational performances and workshops to schools around East Yorkshire and in the last year she has been working as a writer and puppeteer for Indigo Moon Theatre. She first joined the Beverley Puppet Festival Team in 2016 as Volunteer Coordinator and returned in 2018 as Festival Production Assistant.
Festival Production Assistant
Matt Wood is a doctoral trainee in Human Computer Interaction at Open Lab, Newcastle University and has worked as a puppeteer since he was a child with strong commitments to the performance arts. In 2017 he was part of the core delivery team for the debut Moving Parts: Newcastle Puppetry Festival and co-founded performance company Tatwood Puppets. Matt joined Beverley Puppet Festival in 2018 as a Festival Production Assistant and Outdoor Artist Liaison.
Rachael Horner is a freelance artist and designer based in East Yorkshire. Since graduating in 2013 with a BA (Hons) Illustration from Falmouth University she has worked for clients that include the RHS, Taste of London and Newcastle Puppetry Festival, to name but a few. Rachael loves collaborating with creatives and was excited to work with Beverley Puppet Festival on their printed material - where she has been free to play with painty textures and wobbly handwriting to her heart’s content!