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Preview: DaSilva Marionette Circus Troupe at Arts Centre Washington
Marionette troupe return to the North
The DaSilva Marionette Circus Troupe
Arts Centre Washington
Saturday 8th September 2018
roll up to see some very special characters make a return to the city, as a
troupe of marionettes perform at Arts Centre Washington on Saturday 8
the ringmaster, lion, acrobats and other puppets that form the cast of The
DaSilva Marionette Circus Troupe were actually created many years ago by the
founders of Norwich Puppet Theatre, Ray and Joan DaSilva.
DaSilva Puppet Company performed their large scale theatre shows throughout the
seventies with annual visits to the North East performing at both the
Sunderland Empire and the Darlington Civic Theatre
son Nik Palmer has followed in their footsteps as a puppeteer and - together
with fellow puppeteer Sarah Rowland-Barker - he is presenting a second
generation of their travelling show.
Palmer, 54, who runs the company Noisy Oyster with Ms Rowland-Barker, said: “The
puppets are more than 50 years old - my parents started building them just
before I was born and they must have toured the show for a good 40 years.They are all the original puppets although
they have had a few costume refurbishments - my mum still refurbishes the
about 18 puppets in the show and they are all trick marionettes.”
how the performance today compares to the original show, Mr Palmer said: “We
have changed a few bits from when my parents did the show.They did it very straight and were dressed in
black whereas we are dressed in costumes and are very much part of the
added: “It is one of our most popular shows now and I really
love doing it - it is good old-fashioned entertainment suitable for all ages,
young and old.It is especially popular
with this year being the Circus250 celebrations.”
and Joan DaSilva, who now live in Dorset, founded The DaSilva Puppet Company in
1962 and the company toured the world with its shows “The
trick puppets, most of them now in new costumes, are as lively as they always
were despite much hard work around the world.”
Tickets: The DaSilva Marionette
Circus Troupe perform at Arts Centre Washington on Saturday 8 September, 11am +
2pm, tickets are £7 / £25 (family, admits 4) and are available to book at www.artscentrewashington.co.uk
or by calling 0191 561 3455.