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Hidden London – Visit the Puppet Theatre barge

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Visit the Puppet Theatre barge

Moving stage was established in 1979 with the aim of producing marionette theatre. This type of theatre requires all elements to be in accord, including the venue. In 1982, after extensive touring, the company opened a theatre on a river barge. The theatre seats 55 and has all the conveniences and facilities of a modern venue. It is licensed by the City of Westminster.

The Theatre Barge has been open for over thirty years and during that time it has hosted thousands of performances. It is now an established venue on the London theatre scene and is based in Little Venice, close to Marble Arch. Each year during the summer, the floating theatre makes a tour of the river Thames. The company has undertaken three British Council sponsored tours in the past. It has also received funding from The Arts Council, Richmond Council, Westminster Arts, Westminster City Council, the Lottery and various charitable trusts including the Gulbenkian Foundation, The Edward Harvist Trust and the Unity Theatre Trust.

Present

The company aims to present innovative quality theatre with a view to raising the status and profile of the marionette. It therefore continues to commission new scripts and musical scores, whenever possible, from contemporary writers and composers. The company has an active educational policy and runs a programme of work in schools, reaching large numbers of children every year.

Future

Movingstage is working to generate a wider recognition of quality live animation as a means of dramatic expression and as an accepted art form in the UK and Europe.

Key personnel

Juliet Rogers trained and worked with John Wright MBE at the Little Angel Marionette Theatre before starting up Movingstage in 1978. She has operated puppets on many television shows and has toured in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Gren Middleton trained as a lighting cameraman and photographed some 14 feature films, as well as numerous documentary films and TV dramas before starting up Movingstage with Juliet. A number of people work for the company, many of whom have worked with the group from its inception to the present day. These include specialist designers, composers and actors who are employed for different projects. Freelance puppeteers and artists take parts in all the Movingstage productions and presentations.

Policy

To promote live animationTo give the audience an experience of the imaginationTo present new music and writing where and whenever possibleTo ensure excellence in voice and music recordingsTo be aware of: The equal importance of every element within a presentationThe scale and perspective of lightThe centre of gravity of the marionetteSilence and space

Live animation

Live animation is a fine art with a history alongside classical sculpture and drama. The medium has the depth required to crystallize and distil text from such diverse writers as Shakespeare and Becket, as well as being able to present magic and fantasy. It is a form capable of diverse theatrical illusion and effect. The work produced is not ephemeral but long lasting; in this respect marionette theatre is crucially different from other live performance arts, all of which are essentially ephemeral.

he Puppet Theatre BargeLittle Venice,Central LondonHow to find us

Movingstage present

Red Riding Hoodand the Wolf who tried to eat her

Scroll down for dates and booking

24 January at 11am24 January at 3pm25 January at 3pm31 January at 11am31 January at 3pm1 February at 3pm7 February at 11am7 February at 3pm8 February at 3pm14 February at 11am14 February at 3pm15 February at 3pm

Daily16 February to 20 February at 3pm

21 February at 11am 21 February at 3pm 22 February at 3pm28 February at 11am28 February at 3pm1 March at 3pm7 March at 11am7 March at 3pm8 March at 3pm14 March at 11am14 March at 3pm15 March at 3pm

“If you are looking for quite a different, special experience, take your inner child to the puppet barge and be engrossed by the tales the puppets tell.” Remote Goat

Suitable for adults & children down to 4 years

Box OfficeTelephone +44(0)20 7249 6876Master, Visa, Amex acceptedChildren £8.50, Seniors £10, Adults £12Email: puppet@movingstage.co.uk