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On Wednesday 8 November, Puppet Animation Scotland announced the line up for the 2017 edition of manipulate Visual Theatre Festival, its innovative international festival of visual theatre and film.

Returning for its eleventh year, the festival will be presented in leading venues across Scotland and England and features one world premiere, two European premieres, four UK premieres and one Scottish premiere with productions from Belgium, France, Germany, Israel, Italy and the USA, as well as a particularly strong selection of Scottish work. We are pleased to collaborate with the Institut Français d’Ecosse to highlight the work of four acclaimed French ensembles throughout the festival.  In addition to programming dynamic, inspiring work from around the world for our large and enthusiastic audiences manipulate also empowers Scottish-based performers to develop compelling puppetry, visual and physical theatre, nurturing their initial creative ideas through our popular and successful Testroom and Snapshots: Artists@Work programmes, this year highlighting the work of seventeen leading and emerging companies and practitioners.

manipulate has always supported the work and creative development of Scottish theatre makers, showcasing their work at all stages of its evolution. We look forward to seeing productions created by Company of Wolves, Oceanallover and Ramesh Meyyappan, as well as a Clown Cabaret Special Edition.

This year for the first time all our animated film screenings will be presented together on the festival’s opening Saturday (27 January), offering an immersive opportunity to enjoy a wide-range of eclectic contemporary animation from around the globe. As well as featuring dynamic abstract visual art in motion, festivals’ retrospectives, puppets to music and an audience-choice feature, we are delighted to welcome appearances and curated programmes by eminent international animators Alberto Vazquez and Ülo Pikkov.

Explore the work we are showcasing in 2018 here, or explore our brochure online.