TO PLAY'S THE THING

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We specialise in custom-made puppet shows and puppet-making workshops, for childen and adults alike. Our creative process is highly interactive: we work with our clients to create personalised, original musical puppet shows to celebrate events such as anniversaries, birthdays, awards - anything worth celebrating, really!

 

We also bring to life classic books and stories through puppets and music, both for adult and family audiences, and we have created films for non-profits, plays based on books for literary festivals and puppets for television pilots.   More...

Allison DeFrees with splendid puppet

CURRENT WORKSHOPS AND SHOWS

Over the past several years we have provided workshops at the Curious Arts Festival and Wigtown Book Festivals, as well as workshops at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology and other venues, both private and public. We are currently writing and creating a puppet musical about a mythical woman in Wales, in the United Kingdom. More on that soon, but mum's the word for now!

NEVERNESS

Spring 2020

London, UK

Hay-on-Wye, Wales

October 2014

Wigtown Book Festival

Wigtown, Scotland

 

Using songs, dance, puppetry and stories, and inspired by Borges' short story, The Library of Babel, we told a story about books, blindness, illness, life and death. And the irony of it all.

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We'd like to give a hearty thanks to the following folks who have given so generously to help us realise our stories, from page to puppet to you!

 

Arts Council England

The V&A Museum

The Golsoncott Foundation

The Puppet Centre

Vaitheeswaran

Ronald DeFrees and

    Catherine DeFrees

Blake Maxam

Lady Amber Baillie 

Shayne McQuade

Pauline Cacucciolo    

   and Tim Maher

Carol Ouvry

Bob Holling

Arabella Harcourt-Cooze

Anna Gardiner

Amy Raymond Cohn

    and Greg Cohn

Susannah Phillips
Claudia Montiero

Alice Ouvry

 

If you are looking for something just that little bit different, or something totally, wildly original, contact us and we’ll brainstorm together to create magic!

 

To Play's the Thing

London, United Kingdom

allisondefrees@mac.com

 

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For images of our work,

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For videos of our work,

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Anything is possible with puppets....

 

For more images, please go to our Portfolio page