From shadow to rod puppetry, the
Norwich Puppet Theatre is set to entertain kids and adults alike
with a fun-packed programme in 2004.
Norwich Puppet Theatre Programme
January - August 2004
A typical puppet
Saturday 14 - 21 February at 2.30pm
Theater Taptoe presents Scrooge Just - A Christmas Carol.
The Theater Taptoe have travelled from Ghent, Belgium
to present this production based on Charles Dickens' Christmas Carol.
Using body, shadow and rod puppets the story illustrates
Scrooge's discovery of why he is sad and miserable - he may be rich
but money does not buy happiness.
With the help of the ghost of his former business
partner and the spirits of the past, present and future, Mr Scrooge
goes through a roller coaster of emotional experiences before a
Theater Taptoe is the premier Belgian puppet company
and the show is suitable for six-year-olds and over.
Wednesday 18 - 21 February at
12.30pm and 2.30pm.
Norwich Puppet Theatre presents Jack and the Beanstalk.
When Jack sells their cow for a handful of beans
his mother is not pleased.
But overnight the beans grow, Jack climbs higher
than the clouds and his adventures begin.
Jack and the Beanstalk is an inventive retelling
of a well known story with dramatic surprises.
Played on a set resembling a child's bedroom the
performance combines acting, puppets and toys with live music to
produce an absorbing theatrical experience. For three to eight-year-olds.
Sleeping Beauty in the Wood
Saturday 6 March at 2.30pm
Little Angel Theatre presents Sleeping Beauty in
A long time ago, one disgruntled fairy cast a
spell that sent the whole world into a spin…
From the director/designer of The Frog Prince comes
a dreamlike fantasy of palaces and forests, ogres and fairies, princes
This new production works with puppets, projections,
machines and music to weave an irresistible magic. Suitable for
three-year-olds and over.
Tuesday 6 -16 April at 2.30pm
Norwich Puppet Theatre presents Pinocchio.
A children's favourite - a story of the puppet
tempted by a fox and a cat and swallowed by a whale is performed
using masks and puppets inspired by oriental traditions.
Wednesday 14 - 17 April at 2.30pm
Norwich Puppet Theatre presents Thumbelina.
Hans Christian Andersen's tale of a girl, no bigger
than a thumb, and her encounters with a frog, mouse, mole and a
This production uses traditional glove and rod
puppets with live accordion music.
Saturday 1 May at 2.30pm
Cornelius & Jones presents The Toy Theatre.
Paper puppets at a old Victorian theatre come to
life, their lives change forever. Jack, is an unhappy puppet and
decides to leave his attic home for the London street below in search
of adventure. Here he learns about life on the Victorian streets.
Jack and the Beanstalk
Saturday 29 May at 2.30pm
Banyan Theatre Company presents Cinderella Ashputtel
This production draws on all the traditional Cinderella
stories in a one woman puppet play using puppets and objects.
As Cinderella had no bed but was made to lie by
the hearth among the ashes and as she was always dusty and dirty,
they called her Ashputtel.
Wednesday 2 -5 June at 2.30pm
Norwich Puppet Theatre presents Harlequin.
Using glove puppets, Harlequin tells the story
of the miser Pantalone marrying off his beautiful daughter Columbine
to ugly rich Punchinello.
Pantalone is in love with Harlequin and is miserable
with Punchinello (who is a conventional Mr Punch). This cast includes
a hilarious dancing rod-puppet chicken, Mr Punch's disintegrating
horse and some dreamtime characters.
Thursday 29 July - 28 August
at 11.00 and 2.30pm
Norwich Puppet Theatre presents Snow White.
One of children's best loved classics. Banished
from the castle because of her beauty, Snow White survives a tiger
attack deep in the forest before finding sanctuary in a little house.
Fortunately some of the dwarfs who live there
are on holiday so there is room for Snow White to stay....but is
she safe from the wicked Queen?
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