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Set the stage for the cork puppetry festival

Wednesday, 22nd July, 2015 7:11pm

The launch event for the Cork Puppetry Festival 2015 will take place at The Rising Sons Brewery on Saturday 25 July.  

Following the success of its inaugural event last year, which had over 1,000 audience members attending the shows and workshops, this year's festival will take place around Cork from 12-16 August.

The launch this Saturday is open to the public, and will include a free puppet show by Cork's own Dowtcha Puppets. Also in attendance will be the 'Cork Heads', masked figures that showed up in the Cork Puppetry Festival's promotional videos.

Over the course of the four-day event, people will see international touring acts such as Flabbergast Theatre and Australian comedienne and ventriloquist Sarah Jones, along with Irish acts from Dublin, Galway, Belfast and Cork.  

Dowtcha Puppets will host workshops in puppet making and manipulation. Those looking for something less kid-friendly should check out Galway's Eamonn High (pupeteered by Your Man's Puppets) in a strictly grown-ups cabaret act in Crane Lane Theatre.

Concluding the festival is a family day in Fitzgerald's Park, which will be full of free events.

"We can really put Cork on the map as a centre of excellence for puppetry. An international festival will draw in young performers as well as audiences for the shows," said festival founder and director, Cliff Dolliver.

"Last year, we were blown away by the response of the audiences, and this year we're hoping to continue to expand the festival's reach. Puppetry really is an art form for all ages. You may just want to sit and watch a show, or you may be interested in performance or crafting skills; there's something on the programme for everyone."

For more information, email corkpuppetryfestival@gmail.com, or visit corkpuppetryfestival.com, or Twitter: @CorkPuppetFest.

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