Summerhall - our home from home for the month of August at Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Such a welcoming & supportive vibe, we loved being here! Most amusing quote from our caravan audience was for LAMP "Classic Summerhall S**T - in a good way!"
Thanks also to Puppet Animation Festival for being part of our run from audience feedback admin, storage space for our show rotation and general all round on site support and cheer team.
⭐⭐⭐⭐ From Broadway World "Effectively, it is the theatrical equivalent of Pixar short: a brief meditation on a facet of life presented in a near-universally accessible fashion, with elements of puppetry and a vocal score with no spoken words." "The intimate, quirky and experimental feel is a refreshing antidote to the increasingly mainstream nature of so many of the productions presented in Edinburgh during August. Swallow the Sea Caravan Theatre offer a real Fringe experience - amusing, slightly bizarre and definitely memorable"
"Lamp is an abstract absurdist object piece about two characters who interact with sounds and fascinating gestures. Two performers bring these objects to life in a most unusual way with personalities and human traits. The piece is lively, entertaining and performed with finesse" "Up North is completely different and dream-like with melodic song, stillness and beautiful hand crafted scenery and shadow puppetry. The story is about the north – the arctic – and transports us in its simplicity and care to detail. During Up North it seemed like there were several puppeteer storytellers performing the show but there was only one." http://fringereview.co.uk/review/edinburgh-fringe/2019/swallow-the-sea-caravan-theatre/
Working in partnership with Swallow the Sea Caravan Theatre, Puppet Animation Scotland invites Scottish-based puppeteers to pitch their imaginative and dynamic creative ideas to us.
We are looking for three separate short – solo and/or duo pieces, each 12-15 minutes long – to run in repertory with three of the Swallow the Sea’s shows in the company’s caravan theatre for the length of the Festival Mondial Des Théâtres De Marionnettes 2019. The selected pieces will also form part of Swallow the Sea’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019 run at Summerhall.
These pieces need to use puppetry to a high proficiency, contain little or no text and be straightforward to set-up and take-down within the Swallow the Sea caravan space.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 28 January 2019, 5.00pm to apply. Upon registering your interest, you will receive information about the caravan’s internal dimensions. You will be offered a 15 minutes time slot at a pitch event on Thursday 14 February at Summerhall in Edinburgh, where you will discuss your proposal with Puppet Animation Scotland staff and the artists of the Swallow the Sea Caravan Theatre. Successful applicants will be informed by Monday 18 February.
Selected puppeteers / duos will be expected to present their work in the Swallow the Sea Caravan Theatre during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019 at Summerhall, prior to participating in the Festival Mondial Des Théâtres De Marionnettes.
Each of the three selected puppeteers/duos will receive a Puppet Animation Scotland Creative Fund award to develop their piece. Along with a fee, travel, accommodation and per diems while in France will be provided, as well as a generous free ticket allocation for festival performances.
Festival Mondial Des Théâtres De Marionnettes 2019
20 – 29 September 2019
THANKS FOR HAVING US BRIDGEND FARMHOUSE!
An excellent day out with Jemima Thewes puppet show Journey in celebration of Bridgend Farmhouse's Community Shares launch!
We're joining in the celebrations at Bridgend Farmhouse on Sep 2nd 2018 with our shadow puppet show JOURNEY every 20mins for an audience of up to 8 at a time.
Swallow The Sea are joining The Department of Lost and Found and Fireside to form The Cranston Caravan Club this August, we'll be running a full program of shows from 12pm - midnight from August 6th - 27th (not the 20th). There will be theatre, music, installations... Check out the where & when page on our site for a full breakdown of the program soon!
Thanks Knockengorroch World Ceilidh for hosting us again this year! We met wonderful people in our audiences at the screening of Chinterviews (a surreal short filmed in the caravan theatre at last year's World Ceilidh, watch the film here ) and the performances of Up North over four brilliant days of sunshine.
Emma was Knockengorroch's Featured Artist this year, she made various illustrated images for the festival and her visual art was on sale in the knock shop - launching a new poetry pamphlet to accompany her Swallow The Sea show "Up North". Titled "Steak and Onions and Stories of Svalbard" it's the last poem in the show and includes images from the piece. The pamphlets will also be on sale at future shows for £5 each.
FIVE DAYS OF TLC
Post-Winter TLC, we gave the caravan an overhaul on all its seals, making sure it's all set for the upcoming season of shows in Scotland.