Angus Arts celebrates puppetry

Frank Stein gets to work on his new puppet George
Frank Stein gets to work on his new puppet George

Scotland’s nationwide Puppet Animation Festival is upon us once again and Angus Arts will be hosting their annual Easter Puppet event.

Sunday, March 29, will see Angus Arts introducing film to their festival for the first time, with a showing of ‘Animated Short Films: Family Treats’ at The Glenesk Retreat at 3pm.

Comprising a programme of funny, delightful short animated films especially for children and their families, expect an eclectic mix of beautiful visual styles and intriguing animation techniques.

Virginia Aspinwall, co-creative director of Angus Arts, explained: “These films have all been created in the last 18 months and highlight how incredibly dynamic and varied contemporary short form animated films for young people are. Among the many vivid and exciting worlds we’ll experience some musical seals singing for their supper, a delicate friendship between a rabbit and a deer, a cat and a dog who fight in a very unusual way, and a workaholic whose dream holiday is interrupted by some very ancient animals!

“It’s a programme that will appeal to children young and old and we expect this to be a very popular choice for the whole family. The Glenesk Retreat and Folk Museum will be open all day so families could come along early to have some lunch or stay on afterwards for tea and cake. If you haven’t been before it’s well worth spending some time in this beautiful part of the world.”

Easter Saturday, April 4, will see Angus Arts welcoming Lempen Puppet Theatre Company to Fettercairn Hall at 3pm with their brand new production of “Little Frankenstein”.

The show features ‘semi famous’ puppeteer Frank Stein who’s busy rehearsing his new show ‘George the Dragon Slayer’, but he’s finding it really difficult with his badly made puppets. He’ll never be really famous because his puppets keep falling apart. Taking inspiration from the scientist Doctor Frankenstein, and with the help of the audience, he creates a new real live puppet that is destined to change his life forever.

Creature George emerges from the laboratory, innocent and willing to learn, but Frank is so intent on the planned rehearsal that he neglects to look after his new child …… Virginia Aspinwall continues: “It’s described as a ‘gentle horror for little horrors’ and is suitable from ages five upwards. The show has received some excellent reviews to date including “enjoyable, bonkers performance.”

“Bonkers is always a good quality to have regarding a puppet show I think, and Lempen Puppet Theatre are one of Britain’s great touring theatre companies, travelling all over Britain and Europe, so expect puppetry of the highest calibre too. We’re thrilled to be able to host them here in Fettercairn.”

Tickets for “Animated Short Films: Family Treats” are £5 adult and £3 child, and for “Little Frakenstein” the prices are £7 adult and £5 child. Tickets booked by phoning 01561 298173 or 01356 648669, email angus.arts@btinternet.com or book online at www.neatshows.co.uk.