On SAT 1 FEB between 2pm and 10pm, the MANIPULATE Festival presents 32 puppetry and visual theatre performances, animated films and works in progress throughout the day across ten spaces in Summerhall, Edinburgh. With tickets from only £4, you can see a wide array of dynamic work from leading puppeteers, visual theatre practitioners and animators.

You can use the schedule in the centre of our festival brochure – or the one below – to plan your path through the day’s events at Summerhall. Pick up one from outlets across the city or from one of our venues:

In 2019, Puppet Animation Scotland created a new MANIPULATE Festival programming strand called RISING VOICES, which showcases both complete short-form pieces and intriguing work in the final stages of creative development. Following its success, in 2020 we will present 14 pieces within this programme on SAT 1 FEB (£6/£4).

The work includes: Temporary Commons’ TEMPLE OF THE TATTIE; two works-in-progress created by leading Scottish-based artists, the recipients of Surge’s 2019 Bursaries; Faux Theatre Collective’s return to the festival with OBVIOUS UNREST; leading Scottish young people’s theatre group Third Thread’s STORY OF NOW; Fronteiras Theatre Lab’s work-in-progress of its new show CANTO X; Connor Bryson + Craig McCulloch’s – graduates of the RCS Performance in BSL and English Course – presenting  BLACKOUT; and Nunah Theatre’s REMEMBER? a musing on the unreliability of memory. This is a chance to see work from innovative and bold visual theatre makers and puppeteers, in advance of final productions and for only a fraction of the cost.

Summerhall’s Demonstration Room will host a double bill from one of France’s most respected and successful visual theatre companies, AÏE AÏE AÏE (£12/£10 per show). MA BICHE ET MON LAPIN is a charming table-top puppetry duet about the misadventures and misunderstandings of love and life. Then, join a treasure hunt with the ‘man of tomorrow’ in ERSATZ. Somewhere between the lightest humour and most deranged farce – welcome to a world in which the essence of Jacques Tati and Black Mirror loom large.

2020 marks the third year that MANIPULATE presents animated films’ programmes over one day, presenting three screenings – and showcasing 28 animated films – for only £8/£6 per event. Edinburgh Short Film Festival is back for the third year with ANIMATED HIGHLIGHTS: 2019. Festival Stop Motion Montréal is the world’s first festival devoted exclusively to stop frame animation and presents A TASTE OF QUEBEC. Leading UK award-winning animator Emma Calder will introduce a selection of animated films in PEARLY OYSTER PRODUCTIONS: A Retrospective, followed by a Q&A.

In the evening, Scottish-based choreographer and performer Katie Armstrong presents SKETCHES in the Main Hall (£12/£10). A series of short vignettes each set to and inspired by one movement of Bach’s Violin Concerto in A Minor played live by a string quintet and interspersed with responses created by composer and DJ Mariam Rezaei.

Closing the first festival Saturday, we are delighted to host one of Scotland’s leading visual theatre ensembles, Oceanallover, returning to the festival with the premiere of TRANSFIGURED. A sounding together of all things, a cacophony, a diapason of understanding, performers and audience will step across a threshold of knowledge into a new world of the imagination and experience. Join us in the Dissection Room for the show, a drink and a dance until the early morning hours (£12/£10).

After SAT 1 FEB, MANIPULATE will continue through the following week with productions, works-in-progress, show discussions and our CABARET@MANIPULATE events until SAT 8 FEB, at Summerhall and The Studio, Edinburgh.

Discover the full programme. 

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