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Puppet Gallery


'Sister Winifred' shadow film created by Alison McGowan and digital artist Julie Ballands with the Carer's Adventures group for Equal Arts.

Extra puppeteering / making by Anna Ingleby of Indigo Moon Theatre.



Some more images of the Listening to Children project commissioned by Newcastle City Council can be found at this web link...


Sparkle at GIFT

6th May 2012


Alison McGowan, Tanya Axford, PuppetShip (UK)

10am/12pm/2pm Performance

Old Town Hall (Duration: 35 minutes)

Welcome aboard for a sparkling adventure around the Islands of Objects. Meet the fantastic creatures living there and keep a look out for hidden treasure… A gentle, interactive performance / play session for 3-4 year olds created by Alison McGowan and Tanya Axford, presented by PuppetShip CIC.



Inside a sparkly snowdome it’s always Winter. Curious creatures dream of Spring among glittering palaces and shimmering landscapes. And still it snows…

Join our interactive performance and play session inside a snowdome. Transform simple household materials into beautiful miniature worlds in a magical environment.

Devised by Alison McGowan of PuppetShip CIC and visual artist Tanya Axford, this enchanting experience for children aged 3-4 and their grown-ups is a delight for the senses – you may never want to leave!



Puppetry Pie



Immersive environments, object theatre, improvised music and interactive dance make up the many layers of Puppetry Pie,  a creative feast for 3 year olds.


PuppetShip have recently completed a 9 month residency within the George Dent Nursery in Darlington . This developmental project took four distinct disciplines; puppetry, environment, music and dance weaving these threads together into a rich tapestry of creative stimulus for pre-school children.



Through this project we have developed and refined our holistic approach to creativity within the early years setting, taking a lead from the sensitivities and reactive creativity of the Reggio Emilia approach.


Puppetry Pie also provided a series of professional development workshops, supporting the practice of teacher’s assistants in and around Darlington, though the introduction of puppets and “Reggio” inspired creativity into their own settings.



PuppetShip is now taking enquiries relating to early years projects which might benefit from the Puppetry Pie treatment contact Alison Mcgowan for details.

Winter Wonderings

from left to right-  Sharon Durant, Alison McGowan (Puppetship) and Claire Tustin.



Please click below to view some more images of Winter Wonderings

a magical puppet show full of music and produced in partnership with the Sage Gateshead.




Whatever the Weather!


Russel is made out of newspaper, so he likes to stay out of the rain. Why is it that when the forecast says sunshine, he always ends up getting caught in a shower?


Join Russel, with puppeteers Alison McGowan and Elena Miller of PuppetShip CIC, in a whirlwind workshop to create a weather-puppet of your own.


Suitable for 8’s and unders.


Please click on Contacts if you wish to book this performance workshop for your school, youth group or private party.





Who has nibbled all the cake? Has Mousey bitten off more than she can chew?

Will it all come to a sweet or sticky end? Follow the trail of crumbs to find out…

A tempting visual treat for 3-7yr olds told with puppets, shadows and live music.


Created by Alison McGowan, Alex Finnegan and Natasha Holmes.

Performed by Alison McGowan with original live music by Alex Finnegan.

Please click on Contacts if you wish to book this performance workshop for your school, youth group or private party.

Animations online




Puppet Centre Trust






British Theatre Guide Link


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