manipulate Visual Theatre Festival provides artists and audiences with the opportunity to see and engage with world-class, Scottish, UK and international visual theatre and animated film. manipulate celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2017.

Puppet Animation Festival tours a diverse programme of children’s puppet performances, animated films and workshops throughout Scotland every Easter. It is the UK’s largest and oldest performing arts event for children, celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2018.

Annual Projects

Explore the innovative projects we work on to engage with creative practitioners and audiences of all abilities.

Creative Fund

The Creative Fund provides artists, at any stage in their career, with access to funding to help explore a new idea or project in its most early stages.


The Critical Response Process is an artist-centered, facilitated system designed to provide constructive and meaningful feedback created by Liz Lerman.


Whether this is your first time experimenting with puppetry, animation or visual theatre or if you’re a trained professional, we’ll have something for you.


Our annual professional development programme offering artists of any discipline the opportunity to integrate puppetry or object manipulation into their practice.

En route pour Charleville: more about our project at the Festival Mondial des Théâtres de Marionnettes 2019.

This September, we are heading to Charleville-Mezieres, in the north of France, for the 20th edition of the Festival Mondial des Théâtres de Marionnettes, where we will be presenting the showcase Scottish Caravan Theatre with Swallow the Sea Caravan Theatre. Our artistic director, Simon Hart, tells us more about the project.

Discover our shows for The Festival Mondial des Théâtres de Marionnettes / Découvrez nos spectacles pour le Festival Mondial des Théâtres de Marionnettes.

After a successful run at Summerhall during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019, we are taking the Swallow The Sea Caravan Theatre to Charleville-Mezieres, France, for the Festival Mondial des Théâtres de Marionnettes. // Aprés notre résidence à Summerhall en Août, Puppet Animation Scotland et l’équipe de Swallow the Sea Caravan Theatre arrivent au Festival Mondial des Théâtres de Marionnettes en Septembre.

Fringe Showcase 2019: Puppetry, visual theatre, animated films – What To See in August

With 3,841 shows to choose from (yes, that much!), Edinburgh Festival Fringe can be an overwhelming, albeit exciting, time for theatre lover in the Scottish capital. So where do you go to see great puppetry and visual theatre shows this August? We got you covered.