Welcome to manipulate, Puppet Animation Scotland’s annual celebration of innovative visual theatre and animated film. 

This year leading theatre artists and film-makers from Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, England, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Russia, Scotland, Spain and the USA present:

23 performances

21 works in progress

21 films

3 workshops

1 industry-focused seminar

Alongside Snapshots and Testroom – our popular series within which Scottish-based theatre makers present a flavour of their current explorations, we introduce Rising Voices. A new programming strand, this features four more-substantially finished pieces created by emerging practitioners developing intriguing and exciting work.

Produced by Puppet Animation Scotland, manipulate celebrates and promotes puppetry, visual theatre and animated films to its audiences.

Through manipulate’s works-in-progress platforms and its workshops programmes we provide development opportunities for Scottish-based artists to develop their creative and technical working practices and ambition.

manipulate’s success over the last decade has helped Scottish-based theatre-makers to create and tour their work to leading international festivals throughout Europe and North America.

Since 2008 leading, award-winning companies, artists and film-makers from Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Sweden and the USA have provided the vibrant, dynamic core of a festival that entertains, intrigues and inspires.

“One of Scotland’s most interesting festivals, manipulate has developed a reputation for showcasing innovative work from around the world in visual theatre and animation… manipulate casts its net far wider than traditional puppetry to bring in the best work from overseas in genres ranging from contemporary puppetry and animation to physical and aerial theatre”

The Scotsman