Meeting the Sleeping Giant


While we were onboard the Puppet Theatre Barge last week I finally got to meet the Sleeping Giant – my cousin Sarah’s version of him, that is. Sarah has been creating puppets for her stage adaptation of my book for a while now. I’ve seen photos but never met her beautiful puppet in person.

Michael captured our meeting on video and you can watch it here –

Visit the Puppet Theatre Barge here 

Drop in on Missfitz Marionettes here

& check out our two previous blogs for more about the Puppet Barge

On Stage, Back Stage


The audience is assembled and the curtain rises. On the little stage of the puppet theatre is… another even smaller puppet theatre!

We watch as an old man plays accordion, a young boy taps out a jig and plays a whistle. Then they (and we) settle down to watch a miniature Punch and Judy show! This is followed by shadow puppets dancing in the light, by glowing mushrooms popping up onstage, by a beautiful sea princess swimming in the waves with a sea witch, by an arrogant wind trying to blow out the moon.


And afterwards, when the audience have gone, we get to go backstage and play a little, meet the puppets, and their operators, watch the whole thing being made ready for the next performance.

Read Timeout review of the show here 

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Drop in on Missfitz Marionettes here

If you like puppets you might like the previous blog, Strings and Things; watch out for another puppet-related bog next week, when we meet the Giant.

Strings and Things



We’ve visited the Puppet Theatre Barge in Little Venice, London, a few times over the last two years for research purposes (I used the barge as the setting for a novel) and last Saturday we were back on board to catch their latest show and do some filming with my lovely puppet-making, puppet-operating cousin, Sarah

The May Brent is an old barge which has been specially adapted so that the roof can be raised and panel walls slipped into place to create a mini theatre space when the barge is moored. Come on in and have a look around with us…

Tomorrow: the puppet show, both front and back stage.

Visit the Puppet Theatre Barge website here 

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