Puppet Animation Scotland strives to develop and deliver outstanding work, which could not be made possible without the vast range of annual projects we work on; from supporting individuals interested in the a career in theatre production, or exploring puppetry in the classroom to encourage emotional resilience and engaging with our international festival partners, our projects are vast and varied in their approach.
We believe that this style of working is needed to harness the potential of visual mediums across a large range of audiences, collaborators and practitioners. Whether you are interested in making connections or strengthening your skills, our projects aim to support the multifaceted needs of people working with us.
Collaborative Bridges 2014-2015
Puppet Animation Scotland were delighted to be working in partnership with Black Hole Theatre in Australia to deliver an exciting project – Collaborative Bridges – that opened up discussion between artists around the world.
This programme brought together international artists, companies and facilitators, utilising the Critical Response Project: online discussions of ideas and works-in-development. This was a great opportunity to assess work in another country, engage with international artists and forge pathways for future partnerships and collaborations.
This project was open to artists around the country and partnerships and practices that were created during the project are still flourishing.
Festival Mondial Des Theatres De Marionnettes
Charleville-Mezieres, France, September 2015
Sokobauno Puppet Theatre in partnership with Puppet Animation Scotland, and with financial support from Creative Scotland, presented six short pieces created by Scottish puppeteers in repertory throughout the festival. A tragic-comic inter-species tale of unlucky love…The reminiscences of a famous 18th century actress rejected by a king…A lesson in how to make the perfect cup of tea, from two otherworldly hosts who are very anxious to get it right… An infant doll, a bad dream and a warped and enticing world full of odd sounds and objects… A traditional Japanese folk tale about the perils of finding the perfect spouse…and the power plays between two surgeons who may or may not be about to conduct and operation… a dynamic showcase of work for children and adults in Scotland’s first custom-made travelling performing space for puppetry.
Sokobauno Puppet Theatre and Puppet Animation Scotland were proud to be able to host a delegation of eight visual theatre makers in the world’s biggest puppetry festival, representing the quality and ambition of Scottish artists.
Aberdeenshire Council Puppetry & Visual Literacy Programme
Since 2007 Puppet Animation Scotland has worked in close partnership with the Council’s Creative Links Officer to present educational opportunities for a total of over 1,200 school children throughout Aberdeenshire. The active involvement of the teachers in all aspects of the project – and the time spent working alongside the puppeteer/project leaders during its delivery – also provides teachers with a valuable opportunity to develop their own skills in and understanding of the use of simple, practical arts-focused activities to engage their children imaginatively and meaningfully with key elements of the Curriculum for Excellence.
I think the project explored the language of image extremely well. The children learnt about scale, reflection, size, and how we understand pictures by the way they look…They have a greater knowledge and understanding of how visual literacy can enhance their learning and enjoyment of a story. Through participation in and working with Puppet Animation Scotland they have learnt many new skills which are transferable across the Curriculum.
Class Teacher, Hatton Primary School Puppetry & Visual Literacy Project 2013
This is an ongoing project with Pinkie St Peter’s Primary School, Musselburgh which aims to improve relationships, speech, language and communication in the Early Years and through to Primary School age through the use of puppetry in an effort to reduce the development of mental health problems.
After a period of research at Pinkie Primary a project has been undertaken to encourage children to communicate confidently about their emotions, feelings and needs focussing on how to effectively dialogue about stress and stressors, which can become barriers to learning and emotional development.
Throughout Scotland, some children are entering early years education without the ability to communicate in an effective way. Sadly, but not unsurprisingly, this is particularly common in areas of high social deprivation. Education assessment indicates that many have not had rich conversational experience during early years. This risks failure to develop understanding of subjective emotions and the ability to express them, which can lead to educational underachievement and the development of mental health problems.
Conversations between young children and adult authority figures, including teachers, can be inherently stressful. So, by employing the use of an intermediary – namely a puppet! – we hope to encourage the development of open communication skills which, over time, can become transferrable skills for communicating with peers and adults. We hope that by providing a character for children to talk to we can provide support where it may be needed.
Puppet Animation Scotland have provided school teachers in Pinkie Primary School with puppetry training from professional puppeteers so they may employ simple, effective puppetry techniques effectively and confidently in a classroom context. As part of this project we would also run puppetry making workshops so that each school child and teacher would, side by side, create their own personal puppet and learn how to bring it to life. Our professional puppeteers would then continue to mentor the teachers as they created opportunities through the school week for pupils’ and teachers’ puppets to talk and interact together regularly.