Witham International Puppet Festival September 19th 2015
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PERFORMERS AT THE WITHAM INTERNATIONAL PUPPET FESTIVAL 2016
Titan

Titan the Robot
Newland Street (Road Closure) 11 am
Cofunds Car Park 1 pm & 3 pm


The Titan the Robot show is a unique blend of comedy, street theatre and music creating a fascinating show that is unrivalled in the world today!  Funny, fast paced and full of surprises, the arrival of Titan back in Witham is always welcomed by visitors of all ages to the Puppet Festival.

Bouncing Bunnies
Newlands Centre 10.30 am
Grove Centre 12 noon & 2.30 pm


Watch out for these loveable characters who have ‘bounced’ into Witham to be part of the Puppet Festival. They will definitely cause a stir as they bounce their way into the shopping centres and along the high street, can you keep up with them?

Bouncing Bunnies
Calvos

Calvos
Newlands Centre 11.30 am
Grove Centre 1 pm
Newland Street (Road Closure) 3.30 pm

Watch these mesmeric and elegant silver characters as they manipulate crystal balls that glide, float, dance and levitate around their hands, arms and bodies.

Dress Circle
Newland Street (Road Closure) 12 noon & 2.30 pm

Be prepared for some social tittle-tattle when you come across this enormous woman with sumptuously brocaded child bearing hips. When she chooses her spot to stop, an orchestra will appear, followed by a theatre and a series of theatrical surprises. Great ready to join in the fun!
Dress Circle
The Whizzers

The Whizzers
Grove Centre 10.30 am
Newlands Centre 1 pm
High Street 2.30 pm

These sprite-like, cheeky characters love to chase unsuspecting members of the audience as they whiz around at great speed. Their favourite hobby is dancing, and they like nothing more than to engage new friends in a graceful Whizzer dance.

Giant Pink Witches
Newlands Centre 11 am
Newland Street (Road Closure) 1 pm
Grove Centre 3 pm

Children will love these larger than life Giant Pink Witches. Flying, scaring people, and remembering magic spells are a constant challenge for these bungling characters who are sure to raise a laugh from the unsuspecting public.
Giant Pink Witches
Hopalot

Hopalot
Grove Centre 11 am
Newlands Centre 12.30 pm & 2 pm

Major Hopalot the world famous Astro-bunny is looking for a suitable launch site to test his new rocket “Big Carrot 3”, assisted by his erstwhile companion Ground Control the Grease Bunny.  Their plan is to travel beyond the warren and over the wall into Outer Space, but what will happen once the countdown begins?

Prince Amir and Nazreddin
Newlands Centre 12 noon & 2 pm
Grove Centre 3.30 pm

Join talkative Prince Amir, one of the three wise meerkat kings, following a star atop his grumpy camel Nazreddin. Witness the miniscule majesty of Amir and the curmudgeonly camel who will laugh at anything…..especially himself! Though reluctant to admit it, he’s lost, and in need of directions to the nearest stable. Step forward for a photo with these colourful comic characters, and take home a memory of the Middle Eastern magic on show.
Prince Amir and Nazreddin
The Flying Carpets

The Flying Carpets
Grove Centre 11 am
High Street 12.30 pm
Cofunds Car Park 2 pm

Ruby Murray and Alfonso Mango are legendary storytellers and men of mystery who have come from across the desert sands to charm the local people of Witham. These colourful comic characters demonstrate powers of flight and levitation, enchanting everyone with their tall tales, terrible jokes and inept seductions.

The Meadow Sprites
Newlands Centre 10.30 am & 1.30 pm
Grove Centre 3 pm

Charming, cheeky and thoroughly engaging these magical creatures have flown in from the meadow to explore Witham. Watch them as they fly and flit about, spreading summer’s warmth and tales of their woodland habitat. Now you see them, now you don’t!  These characters will bewitch and beguile everyone they meet.
The Meadow Sprites
Damsels in Distress

Damsels in Distress
Grove Centre 11.30 am
Newland Street (Road Closure) 2 pm
Newlands Centre 3.30 pm

From the dark days of yore come ‘Lady Lust-a-Lot’ and ‘Lady Longing-for-Love’. Borne on the backs of ‘Eric and Ernie’ their delightfully drippy dragons, these ‘bootiful’ West Country damsels with their black teeth, spots and long gnarly hair are on a constant futile crusade to find their knights in shining armour and other little princes and princesses along the way.

The Red Squirrels
High Street 11.30 am
Newlands Centre 1 pm & 2.30 pm

Look out for this pair of eccentric red squirrels as they wander around Witham town centre performing impromptu excerpts from their favourite ballets. They like nothing more than to chat with their audience, and encourage them to join with the dancing.
The Red Squirrels
The Floaty Ghosties

The Floaty Ghosties
Newlands Centre 12 noon & 3 pm
Grove Centre 1.30 pm

Watch these huge white phantoms as they glide mysteriously in and out of their audience making spine chilling sounds as they dance with each other. Are you brave enough to join in with their ghostly dances?

The Bubble Wizard
High Street 10.30 am
Newland Street (Road Closure) 12.40 pm & 3 pm
Newlands Centre 1.30 pm

Bringing a sense of magic to the Puppet Festival this year is The Bubble Wizard who will create clouds of tiny bubbles, smokey bubbles and huge bubbles. Audiences both young and old will be fascinated to watch the array of bubbles as they float around Witham town centre.
The Bubble Wizard
The Unicorn and Faries

The Unicorn & Fairies
Grove Centre 12.30 pm & 2 pm
Newlands Centre 3.30 pm

Certain to cause a stir is this Unicorn as it arrives into Witham with two Fairies riding it. The Fairies have some wonderful tales to tell, and so make sure you stop and listen to their stories of magic and mystery. They will enchant children and adults alike.

Punch and Judy
Grove Centre 10.30 am, 12 noon & 2 pm
Newlands Centre 11 am, 12.30 pm & 2.30 pm

Popular with both young and old visitors to the Puppet Festival the traditional Punch and Judy shows will be sure to draw a large audience throughout the day.  Watch Punch, Judy and their friends as they get up to their antics. Be prepared to join in with the shouts of ‘he’s behind you’ and ‘that’s the way to do it’ as the stories unfold. There will be two Punch and Judy theatres, one in the Newland Precinct and one in the Grove Centre.
Punch and Judy
Birdmen

Birdmen
Newland Street (Road Closure) 10.30 am
Grove Centre 12.30 pm
Cofunds Car Park 2.30 pm

The mysterious, luminous Birdmen rove the streets of Witham. These huge illuminated flying animals will be wandering around the town centre creating a spectacle not seen at the Puppet Festival before. Be sure not to miss these wonderful creatures.

The Dancing Day-Trippers
Newland Street (Road Closure) 11.30 am
Grove Centre 1.30 pm & 3.30 pm

Two eccentric vintage moped enthusiasts are visiting Witham. Arriving with their shining moped and state-of-the-art side car, Doris and Albert will have you joining in their jiving as they make their way through the town. Who knows, you might even get to ride in the side car!
The Dancing Day-Trippers
Flying Dodos

Flying Dodos
Newlands Centre 11.30 am & 3 pm
Newland Street (Road Closure) 1.30 pm

Despite all odds, an unknown subspecies of the dodo has been discovered!  Much larger than their extinct cousins and able to fly (sort of), Charles and Amelia, two relics of a bygone era, are very excited to be travelling to Witham to see what they have been missing.

Squashbox Theatre – Tales from the Trees
Grove Centre 11.30 am, 1 pm & 2.30 pm

Meet Craig, the friendly Forest Ranger and resident tree expert. It’s his job to make sure the woods are a peaceful and happy place, but he’s having a tough time of it today! Come and listen to this magical tale, and along the way learn how to identify different trees, discover the wonder of photosynthesis, gasp at deadly carnivorous plants, and encounter crazy characters from folklore and fairy tales!
Tales from the Trees
The Pram

The Pram
High Street 11 am, 12 noon & 2 pm

Watch out for this colourful Edwardian character as he wheels his curious musical cart through Witham town centre. Expect jolly street organ tunes accompanied by euphonium, percussion, taxi horn and clarinet. Will definitely cause one man bandemonium and streets full of laughter!

Jack and the Beans Talk
The Library 11.30 am & 2 pm

A charming and inventive show with plenty of interaction, an enormous beanstalk, bags of gold and a smelly old giant. Jack and the Beans Talk is a cautionary tale about what might happen if you throw things out of the window!  A fresh and funny retelling of the traditional story, suitable for children age 3 – 7 years old.
Jack and the Beans Talk
The Yarn Spinner

The Yarn Spinner
The Library 10.30 am, 1 pm & 3.30 pm

Take a seat in the performance area in the Library and enjoy some traditional storytelling with The Yarn Spinner and her array of colourful puppets. These performances will appeal to all members of the family, especially the younger ones who will be fascinated as tales of Magic and Mystery unfold.

Stick with Us
High Street (opposite the Library) 10.30 am – 4 pm

Join in the craft workshops to make something magical and mystical.  These free workshops will take place throughout the day for everyone to take part in. Put your creative skills to the test and make your own tiara, crown, medieval hat, or, for the younger children, a glove puppet, to take home with you.
Stick with us
The Big Sing

The Big Sing
High Street (outside Helen Rollason Cancer Charity Shop) time 12 noon

The Big Sing will be performing some well-known songs which will get your feet tapping and your hands clapping. The audience of all ages will be joining in this uplifting performance.

Particular thanks must go to our sponsors and partners;

• Acacia Business Services
• Advance Digital Graphics
• Avenue Road Consultants
• Boots
• Braintree District Council
• Bright & Sons
• Bright Spark Faces
• Cofunds
• Compliant Solutions Ltd
• Crofters Wine Bar and Dining Rooms
• Donovan’s Ice Cream
• Ellis Amusements
• Feathers Witham
• Gershwin Park Nursery
• Mama Dells
• Morrisons
• New River Retail – Newlands Centre
• Peking Chef Chinese Takeaway
• Tesco
• The Grove Centre
• The White Hart Hotel
• Thomas Cook
• Visions of Witham
• Witham Chamber of Commerce
• Witham and District Lions Club
• Witham Library
• WitLet


Thank you to all our sponsors and supporters who have helped to create this year's Witham International Puppet Festival

 
The organisers of the festival reserve the right to alter the performance programme.