Now there are lots of things I like about Tunbridge Wells…the Pantiles…the Forum (where I got to see Mumford and Sons before they become huge!)…but something or should I say someone is coming there in October which makes me love it!
I’ve been a fan of Michael Morpurgo for many many years. His children’s book ‘The Nine Lives of Montezuma’ had me sobbing as a child and ever since then I’ve been hooked.
When War Horse was adapted for the theatre, I travelled up to London and was amazed by the production. By Joey in particular.
And Joey, that magificent puppet of a horse is coming to Tunbridge Wells as part of their Puppetry Festival.
The town will become the first in Kent to host a unique Puppetry Festival.
On Saturday 10th October the festival will bring together world-class puppetry and animation artists from all over the UK and Europe in venues across the Town Centre.
We’ve been told that there will be something for everyone, including free traditional Punch & Judy shows on the Pantiles, a specially commissioned performance about Tunbridge Wells artists Smart and Sprange at the TW Museum and Gallery, and Blind Summit’s acclaimed show The Table at Trinity Theatre where you’ll get to meet Moses – the funniest ‘piece of cardboard’ you’ll ever come across.
Or you can catch the wonderful Joe Coelho and his quirky Pop-Up Flashback show, a combination of puppetry and poetry, and try your hand at a puppetry workshop where you’ll get to create giant character headboards, like the type you get at the seaside, and turn yourself into a mermaid, ogre or troll.
But the biggest draw for me, has to be Joey. After appearing on The Pantiles (bring your cameras for some great photo opportunities), Joey will head to Five Ways at 11am and Trinity Theatre at 2.30pm. Puppetry designer and War Horse Creative Associate, Mervyn Millar, will also be hosting a talk about his involvement in the making of War Horse, the bold experiments in puppetry to develop the horse puppet, training of the puppeteers and how the show went from risky one-off to global phenomenon.
For more information about the festival and to book visit www.twpuppetryfestival.org / Box Office 01892 678 678