Moving Parts Arts is seeking puppetry scratch performances for

Beverley Puppet Festival 2020!


  • Do you have an idea for a puppet show but need an outlet in which to perform it? 

  • Do you 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 puppetry festival that attracts 13,000 visitors from all over the world? 


Beverley Puppet Festival, in association with Moving Parts: Newcastle Puppetry Festival, and through funding from Arts Council England and East Riding of Yorkshire Council, is offering 5 artists/small companies the opportunity to perform and receive feedback at an established puppetry festival. 

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Scratch Space will now take place online between May - July 2020. Selected companies will perform their work-in-progress pieces via live streaming on our Facebook page to collect audience feedback. 


Beverley Puppet Festival is a key date in the UK and European puppetry calendar, which attracts over 13,000 practitioners, bookers, enthusiasts and members of the public from around the world. This is a fantastic opportunity specifically aimed at budding puppeteers, emerging artists, and professional artists with fresh ideas. 

The Moving Parts Scratch Space is a unique pop-up venue aimed at festivals and events where  performance and development opportunities are offered to artists specialising in visual theatre.  


We seek acts that heavily feature puppetry and/or object theatre:

  • 5 x work-in-progress pieces (30 mins max)  


We can offer:

  • Successful submissions will be performed once via live streaming on our Facebook page

  • Participants will receive constructive feedback from viewers

  • Companies will receive a copy of all audience feedback 

  • A development grant of £200 will be given to support each selected piece


Opportunity details:

  • Open to UK and international artists over the age of 18+ 

  • Applicants must have access to a good WiFi connection and the ability to film their piece 

  • Pieces can be suitable for adults and/or children

  • Submitted shows should not exceed 30 mins in length  

  • Scratch or complete performances accepted as long as the piece is still in development

  • It is acceptable to submit work in-development, which has been performed at scratch events. We will not accept work that has been performed on an amateur or professional platform, i.e. at a ticketed event. We welcome entries created specifically for this opportunity. 


To apply, please send 1 x single-sided A4 page that covers: 

  • Why this opportunity would help you in this stage of your career

  • As much information about the work-in-progress piece as possible

  • Where you are located geographically and contact details

  • What puppetry / visual theatre genres your piece covers

  • Links to previous work and a link to a 1-3 minute excerpt of your proposed piece

  • At least one hi-res image and 1 paragraph of brochure copy describing your piece

  • Please note we DO NOT accept WeTransfer links 

Please send all of the above to Louise Gregory at as soon as possible.

CLOSING DATE: Friday 1st April 2020  


If you have any question, please contact:


Made possible through funding from Arts Council England and East Riding of Yorkshire Council. 

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© 2018 Beverley Puppet Festival. Header image: Dolly the Giraffe by VIP Puppets. Photo by Scott Wigglesworth.

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