Founded in 1984, Puppet Animation Scotland champions puppetry, animation and visual theatre both in Scotland and internationally. Puppet Animation Scotland is a Creative Scotland Regularly Funded Organisation. We produce two festivals; manipulate Visual Theatre Festival and Puppet Animation Festival, each year.

Puppet Animation Festival aims to bring quality puppet theatre, animated film and workshops to all children across Scotland every Easter. Each year we provide over 50 venues with around 150 events. It is our ambition to ensure children across Scotland have access to performing arts and film which is why we tour our festival from Scotland’s city centres to all edges of the country – exploring the Highlands and Islands, Borders, Central Belt and everywhere in between. We are always trying to expand our network of venues and reach new audiences – so if you’d like Puppet Animation festival to visit you, please get in touch.

Puppet Animation Festival strives to provide a programme which includes accessible performances. Most recently we provided a series of performances for neuro-diverse children and young people with complex needs as well as soft or relaxed performances.

The Wonderful World of Lapin - Le Petit Monde - Thu 7 April 2016 -4700 (photographer - Andy Catlin

manipulate Visual Theatre Festival bring world-class national and international visual theatre to audiences in the UK. Through our festival home in The Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, we tour some performances to The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen, Norwich Puppet Theatre, Little Angel Theatre, London, Small World Theatre, Wales and Horse + Bamboo, Newcastle.

Fisk - Tortoise in a Nutshell - Sat 28 January 2017 - Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh (photographer Andy Catlin • -1929

Presented at the beginning of the year, kick-starting the cultural calendar, manipulate aims to challenge and inspire audiences. Alongside the programme of performances and film we provide a series of masterclasses at Dance Base, Edinburgh, with some of the world’s best known visual theatre practitioners. The success of manipulate has enabled and inspired Scottish visual theatre artists to begin consistently to create and tour internationally their own work to leading festivals throughout Europe.

Puppet Animation Scotland’s values artistic development and as such, each year provides a season of workshops for artists who wish to engage visual theatre, puppetry or animation or further develop their skills. We are based in Edinburgh’s Summerhall, as a nationwide organisation, we are committed to supporting Scottish based artists and as such have an open door policy – we are always interested and excited to meet artists who work with, or are interested in working with the art forms we champion.

Simon Hart Artistic Director of Puppet Animation Scotland, Edinburgh

Simon Hart

Artistic Director & CEO

Melanie Purdie

Festivals & Projects Manager

Heidi Gordon


Puppet Animation Scotland is a company limited by guarantee and a registered Scottish charity (SC022042). Our Board of Directors is made up of a wide range of arts professionals who – as well as ensuring that legal and fiscal best practice in the running of the organisation is maintained at all times – offer their experience and expertise to help, guide and enhance all aspects of our strategic aspirations and their development.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of our Board Members:

  • Phil Adams, Planning Director, Cello Signal (Vice Chair)
  • Norah Campbell, Head of Arts, British Council
  • Noor Ahmed Gul, Finance Officer at the University of Edinburgh Development Trust
  • Dee Isaacs, Lecturer, Music in the Community, University of Edinburgh
  • Jonny Murray, Senior Lecturer, Film and Visual Culture
  • Elspeth Murray, Independent Artist and Company Manager, Puppet State Theatre (Chair)
  • Caitlin Skinner, Theatre Director
  • David Stewart, Accountant, McFadden Associates
  • Mark Thomson, Theatre Director
  • Hugh Wallace, Transformation Manager, The Scottish Government

Organisation Handbook

Comprehensive information about the duties and responsibilities of our Board of Directors and employees, as well as details about our aims,objectives and policies

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Artist & Touring Companies Environmental Information Pack 2015/16

Details about our environmental commitments and practical support for artists and touring companies to begin measuring and reducing your carbon footprint.

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Environmental Policy 2017-2021

Details about our environmental commitments for the years 2017-2021. If you are interested, you can request the Environmental Action Plan which details all of the steps we are taking to reach our goals by 2021.

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Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion Policy 2017

This policy outlines our commitments to equalities, diversity and inclusion with reference to all aspects of Puppet Animation Scotland's activities.

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Equal Opportunities Policy 2017

This policy outlines how Puppet Animation Scotland are dedicated to ensuring all opportunities, whether for employment or to take part in our workshops and masterclasses, are available to as many people as possible.

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