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London International Mime Festival: Our Puppet Families

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Headshots of Cheryl Henson and Sarah Wright

Join us for this pre-show talk with Cheryl Henson and Sarah Wright about how growing up in renowned family puppet companies led them to become ardent advocates for the art of puppetry.

Cheryl Henson, daughter of Jim and Jane Henson of the Muppets and President of the Jim Henson Foundation, and Sarah Wright, founder of The Curious School of Puppetry and daughter of John and Lyndie Wright, founders of The Little Angel Puppet Theatre, discuss what makes puppetry the most exciting form of theatre in the world, why they stuck with it, and what they are doing to support and foster the next generation of puppeteers.  

This talk is offered exclusively to Barbican Members and Young Barbican Members and will start at 6:00pm, taking place before the evening's Bill's 44th performance. Barbican Members are welcome to bring a guest, they must have their own ticket.

Please note that tickets to Bill's 44th must be purchased separately. 

Cheryl Henson is the President of The Jim Henson Foundation and a member of the Board of Directors of The Jim Henson Company.  From 1992 – 2000, Cheryl executive produced the award winning biennial Henson International Festival of Puppet Theater.These five festivals presented 136 different productions from 31 countries and is widely acknowledged as having changed the perception of contemporary American puppet theatre today. Cheryl has been the President of The Jim Henson Foundation since 1992. The Foundation awards grants to artists creating new works of contemporary American puppet theatre. The Foundation has awarded well over 1000 grants to more than 360 artists. Cheryl grew up building puppets and puppeteering on her father’s productions including The Muppet Show, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, and Jim Henson’s The Storyteller. She co-authored the book “Muppets Make Puppets” for Workman Press and compiled a book of quotes from her father, his characters and friends for Hyperion called “It’s Not Easy Being Green and other things to consider”.

Sarah Wright is a puppeteer, puppetry director and teacher. She runs Curious School of Puppetry, is a trustee of Little Angel Theatre and was an associate artist of Kneehigh for many years. Her parents John and Lyndie Wright founded the Little Angel in 1961 and Sarah trained and toured with the family from an early age. She has worked extensively within physical and puppetry based theatre ever since and is passionate about training emerging theatre makers and supporting new invention and exploration in puppetry. Sarah worked with Kneehigh including as puppet director and performer in Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs), The Tin Drum. She works regularly with her brother Joe Wright including in Life of Galileo, A Season in the Congo at the Young Vic. Other theatre includes: Improbable: Tao of Glass, Animo. Shakespeare’s Globe: The Little Match Girl. Royal Shakespeare Company: Venus and Adonis. Little Angel: A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings, Jabberwocky, Little Mermaid. Faulty Optic/Invisible Thread: Fish Clay Perspex, Plucked, Les Hommes Vides. Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures: Sleeping Beauty. As Director of Silent Tide: Silent Tide, The Adventures of Curious Ganz (Offie winner 2019). She also works as a puppeteer for film and television including: The Dark Crystal Age of Resistance, Pan, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Princess and Peppernose and Cyrano.

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