10 May (Tues) from 7pm

Tobacco Factory Theatre,

Raleigh Road,



Tickets £25

Box Office 0117 902 0344



We are delighted to be hosting our first fundraiser . This is an evening of the very best cabaret acts from our community of artists and our friends in the wider performing arts scene. The auction features objects of desire from the worlds of film and theatre that are not available anywhere else. Join us for a truly remarkable and unique evening.


The cabaret is an eclectic selection of acts from Resident Artists, and the cream of Bristol’s performing arts scene. Your compere for the night will be the magical Peter Clifford, The line up includes the comedic genius of Living Spit (Adolf & Winston, One Man and his Cow), anarchic puppetry from Pickled Image (Coulrophobia & The Big Bad Wolf) and sublime juggling from Sebastien Valade .


The entertainment continues in the bar with music from Kit Hawes (Sheelnagig, Carny Villains) and the astonishing micro-puppetry of Barnaby Dixon.




“I used puppets in Jabberwocky and Life of Brian. They free the imagination. In films you’re caught in a representational world that costs money. Jim Henson broke it open and Spitting Image made it venomous. Like in cartoons you can do violent, awful things and play with disturbing ideas without people vomiting in the aisles.”

 Terry Gilliam – Film Director and Monty Python member


The auction features international artefacts and original artwork donated by artists from the world of animated film and theatre. Items for sale include personal donations from Terry Gilliam, Jim Henson Foundation, Aardman, Brian Froud (conceptual artist on Dark Crystal & Labyrinth) and Handspring Puppet Company (creators of War Horse). Puppet Place resident companies creative technologists Rusty Squid, internationally renowned Green Ginger, Offie-nominated theatre designer Max Dorey are also all donating original artwork. The fundraising auction will be led by expert auctioneer Caroline Hawley from BBC’s Bargain Hunt.


What Are We Fundraising For?



“Whether it’s a piece of living Plasticine or a 12m high elephant walking the streets of London, puppets continue to grab our attention. There’s something about the extra-special gap between what our brains tell us, and what our hearts are ready to believe that makes the enjoyment of puppets one of the great experiences of theatre or film.”

Peter Lord – Aardman co- founder and Puppet Place Patron



Since Puppet Place was re-established in 2007, we have gone from strength to strength. We run Bristol Festival of Puppetry – now the largest UK celebration of all things animated on stage and screen.  In 2015 we secured our premises (Unit 18) on Bristol’s harbourside. We are the only organisation of our kind in the UK: offering artistic fabrication and rehearsal space for puppetry and animation. With dedicated premises and an internationally respected festival, we now wish to expand. We want to open up our building to the public even more, offering a year round programme of inspiring activities for the professional and curious alike. We want to become the centre of excellence for puppetry in the UK. To do this we need to make Unit 18 fit for purpose.


So, join us for this fantastic evening and help us to make Puppet Place a better space for everyone.


Finally, this event would not be possible without the support of Tobacco Factory Theatres, who are kindly allowing us to take over their theatre for the evening. Tobacco Factory Theatres have long supported Puppet Place as our founding venue on Bristol Festival of Puppetry. The generosity of Tobacco Factory Theatres, our cabaret artists and auction donors means that all proceeds from ticket sales and the auction will be going to support Puppet Place.
(images by Joe Magee, Isla Molleson & Adam Laity)


If you would like to support Puppet Place but are not able to join us on the night, you can also make a donation online.