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iPuppetry (Interchange Lab)



(Two Bursary places are available. Please contact to apply)

Running Time
6 hrs

18yrs +

Tobacco Factory Theatres

Start Time

Interchange is our new space for dialogue about puppetry and diversity and will inform all we do in the future. Interchange will focus on, and question how effectively our ancient craft reflects the diversity of our world. Puppetry has the power to charm, disturb and transform lives, so how do we ensure the widest possible participation and access as audience members or practitioners?

We are working with partners from Diverse City, Doing Things Differently, Guerilla Dance Project, Blind Summit, Openup Music and Hijinx.

A day-long exploration into assistive technologies (including eye-gaze) and their potential in giving life to the inanimate. We welcome eye-gaze and wheelchair users, roboticists, puppeteers and anyone who is curious about harnessing new technologies to one of the world's oldest expressive forms.

We are creating an exploration space for inquisitive minds and bodies and participants will be encouraged to be open to emergent content. Break-out space can be found if needed during the sessions. Lunch and refreshments is provided. There are two bursaries available for this event, please email for more info.

iPUPPETRY is an Openup Music and Guerilla Dance Project. 


This is an accessible event and has little or no spoken word. This is part of Bristol Festival of Puppetry’s new programme to interrogate and develop the diversity agenda for puppetry. Delivered in association with Diverse City and Doing Things Differently, and with support from leading Deaf artist David Ellington and Bristol Physical Access Chain, Interchange is a strand of action-learning embedded at the heart of BFP17, which asks:
What is the unique role that puppetry can play in addressing the diversity agenda?

Click Here for more information and other accessible events.

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