News From The Puppets

Otherstory – will be performing their puppet show – Taking a Holiday on:

January 17th at 7.30 pm at Bedminster Library, 4 Bedminster Parade, Bristol BS3 4AQ
January 25th at 7.30 pm at Junction 3 Library, 138b Lower Ashley Rd, Bristol BS5 0FJ

Tickets £5/£3 available at any Bristol Library, or online @

Show is suitable for adults and children over 10 years of age

Taking a Holiday tells the amazing story of the secret beneath a Bedminster bike shop. It is a story of struggle in wartime – full of intrigue, escapes, comradeship…and bikes. What does it mean to be a refugee and on the run in your own country? Who will give you a bed for the night, a job… or a means of escape? A tabletop and shadow puppet show based on the true stories of ordinary people in 1916/17, and the hidden history of the resistance to the war machine. 


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Do you want to help create a Puppet History Walk?

Otherstory will be developing a Bedminster-based history walk with puppets, in Jan – March 2019.

The walk will uncover the hidden histories of local people who resisted the First World War. It will take people round the actual locations where the war resisters lived, worked, met together and in some cases hid from the authorities. We’ll be using a mixture of puppetry, readings from historic texts, and songs from the period to bring their stories to life.

Otherstory are
looking for people to help make it happen! There are a series of workshops, where you can get involved in

Researching local conscientious objectors and war resisters
Making or dressing puppets
Making props and scenery
Finding photos from the time to use in the walk
Choosing and editing text from the time

And if you’d like to be part of the walk itself:

Practising some puppetry
Learning songs from the period
Helping to plan or steward the walk

The project is aimed at adults, and young people 14 and over. You can be involved in the whole project; or just come to one or two workshops, to do something you enjoy.

Research workshops will on Sat Jan 12th 2-4pm at the Bristol Archives and Sat 26th Jan 2-4pm at Bedminster Library

Puppetry workshops will be at Windmill Hill City Farm on:

Sun 10th Feb; Sun 24th Feb; Sun 10th March; Sun 24th Mar – 2-4pm

If you’re interested in taking part go to: and fill in a form

This project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England.

For more information contact

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