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Puppets in Theatre - Bringing New Life to the Stage

Members' Event

Three portrait headshot images of a woman and two men looking at the camera.

Discover more about the imaginative art of bringing puppetry to the stage at a free talk with renowned artists.

Join us for another fascinating discussion on the art of puppetry, back by popular demand.

Basil Twist and Phelim McDermott bring extraordinary creatures to life on stages. They are known for using innovative puppet techniques, from wind and water to newspapers and sellotape.

Basil Twist is an award-winning designer, director and puppeteer, renowned for his unique theatrical approach. Phelim McDermott is an award-winning director and performer. He is a founding member of improvisation-focused theatre company Improbable. Their current work on My Neighbour Totoro creates magic on the Barbican's stage.

Cheryl Henson facilitates the conversation. She is the daughter of famed puppeteer Jim Henson and the President of the Jim Henson Foundation. Discover what makes puppets and imagination so effective in live theatre today.

This talk is offered to Barbican Members and Patrons only. You are welcome to bring a guest, they must have their own ticket.

Part of MimeLondon, the talk will help you to see This and That and other puppetry performances in a new light.

The talk will be from approx 6-7pm, before the evening's performance. Please note that tickets to Phil Soltanoff/Steven Wendt/Cie 111: This & That must be purchased separately. 

See more theatre and dance for less

Get 20% off tickets and pay no booking fees. Plus, enjoy priority booking and Member-only pre-show talks and open rehearsals (T&Cs apply)

Fountain Room