PuppeteersUK is the networking organisation for puppetry in the United Kingdom. It was formed in 1999 by the coming together of national membership organisations, national centres, regional groups, companies and individual performers with the objective of delivering a united voice and an effective lobby for the improved recognition of puppetry.
It did not seek to replace or over-ride any of the UK puppetry organisations, which are both varied and distinct, but rather to provide an overall co-operative and inclusive framework within which they can all take their place and flourish.
It has a democratic structure, representatives meet on a regular basis and all members of the core organisations are granted associate membership of PUK.
In this way PuppeteersUK has renewed the spirit of co-operation across puppetry and related sectors, leading to increased co-ordination and mutual exchange of information, and the sharing of best practice between stakeholders and the wider public.
About Puppets Online
Puppets Online, was the first key project created under the PUK umbrella and was initially supported by Arts Council England. Puppets Online is a comprehensive online directory of puppeteers and puppetry services in the UK, including current information on performances, festivals, education work, museum collections and other items of news.
Building on the success of Puppets Online, PUK plans to move forward with further development of resources and artform development projects to support the sector.
The PuppeteersUK Council
Chairman: Rachel McNally
Hon Secretary: Malcolm Knight
Hon Treasurer: Brian Hibbitt
Representatives of National Membership Organisations
For contact details see Puppetry Organisations
|British Puppet & Model Theatre Guild
|British Centre of UNIMA
|Punch & Judy Fellowship
||John Styles MBE FRSA
|Punch & Judy College of Professors
Representatives of Other Organisations
|London School of Puppetry
|Puppet Animation Festival
|Puppet Centre Trust
|Scottish Mask & Puppet Centre
|Skipton Puppet Festival
||Liz and Daniel Lempen
|Beverley Puppet Festival
Representatives of Individual Companies
|Blue Sky Theatre
|Horse + Bamboo
|Little Angel Theatre
|Norwich Puppet Theatre
|Puppet Theatre Barge
|Vision Mechanics (Puppet Lab)