Stone Puppet Festival Update



Everything from The Gruffalo and Lady Penelope to the original, classic Thunderbirds and George and the Dragon will all get their moment in the spotlight during the Stone Puppet Festival this August bringing the cream of British puppetry to Stone with over 17 performers and four exhibitions showcasing a wealth of puppetry and model theatre talent.

The Crown Hotel will be hosting four outstanding puppet companies with a fantastic programme for families with shows like Treasure Trove’s newest production, A Victorian Cinderella – the Story of the Glass Slipper and The Rough Magic Puppet Company presenting an excellent adaption – in this, the 150th anniversary year – of Alice in Wonderland.

All the outdoor performances are free of charge as is entry to the exhibitions and there will also be a outdoor “puppet making pavilion” on both days in the market square where anyone can take part in mask or puppet making.
Puppet Festival Organiser David Leech and Festival Project Manager Richard Jones have devoted many hours since January, making all the necessary preparations for an activity packed and entertaining weekend that will see the Crown Hotel and Market Square turned into a kaleidoscope of colour, music and family entertainment.

David said,

“Puppetry is an activity that can be enjoyed by all ages, whether as a maker, performer or audience. The local community in Stone have already embraced our ideas enthusiastically and we’ve received total support from the Town Council as well as local traders and our plans to involve the local schools and community groups in both design and performance is a key element of the overall programme of activities, which we hope will have a long lasting effect for Stone far beyond the life of the Festival.”

Performing at the festival will be talent across four generations. Eighty three year old “puppet treasure” and Vice President of the Guild, Ted Beresford will perform next to 12 year old, new puppeteer talent, and youngest member of the Guild, Joseph Peek.
David went on to say,

“We hope that featuring and drawing on the wealth of experience of the British Puppet Theatre Guild celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Guild which will featureshows and exhibitions that will appeal to parents and grandparents too.”

The festival has received sponsorship funds from a number of local and national companies including Pallet Force, QDOS Entertainment and Alton Towers. David and Richard have also submitted an application for part funding of the festival to Arts Council England and expect their decision by the end of May.

They are about to launch a Crown Funding Campaign to raise funds to specifically cover the costs involved in providing the local school and community workshops free of charge and facilitate free entrance to the Exhibitions as well as the free outdoor entertainment and activities over the weekend.

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