manipulate Visual Theatre Festival, produced by Puppet Animation Scotland, provides artists and audiences with the opportunity to see and engage with world-class, national and international visual theatre and animation. We celebrate our 10th birthday in 2017.

Puppet Animation Festival tours a diverse programme of children’s puppet performances, animated films and workshops across all of Scotland every Easter. Produced by Puppet Animation Scotland, this is the UK’s largest performing arts event for children.

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.

Workshops & Masterclasses

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.

Environmental Engagement

Puppet Animation Scotland strives to be as environmentally friendly as possible, learn how here.


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

manipulate 2018 Trailer

Explore the visually compelling work on offer in manipulate Visual Theatre Festival 2018 in the luscious trailer created by artist Stewart Armstrong.

manipulate 2018 Masterclass Programme

We are pleased to announce the manipulate Visual Theatre Festival masterclass programme for 2018, which will be hosted at Dance Base from January 27 2018 – February 3 2018.

Upcoming Workshops

We are pleased to announce the third and fourth of our 2017 puppetry training opportunities. The first of which is led by the internationally renowned puppeteer, director and teacher Rene Baker.