Puppets with Guts make big responsive spectacular puppetry and outdoor theatre. Based in of Brighton, UK, Puppets with Guts was founded by Artistic Director, Ivan Thorley in 2013, to present big, inspiring puppets that reveal ideas, narratives and stories about contemporary society. The work enthrals and excites audiences through multi-layered, highly physical puppetry experiences.
We have toured work around the UK at Latitude Festival, Kew Gardens, Disney Films, Hillingdon Carnival, Lyric Hammersmith, The National Theatre, Watford Palace Theatre, Stockton International Riverside Festival, Hidden Heathbrook – Wandsworth, Streets of Battle, Greenwich & Docklands International Festival, Birmingham Hippodrome, The Great British Carnival – Ramsgate, Bransholme – Hull, the Royal Albert Hall, Potters Field- London Bridge, Enchanted Horsham, The Festival of Sky- Cleethorpes, Theatre Orchard- Weston Super Mare, Battersea Power Station, Pinewood and Warner Brothers Studios Leavesden.
Our shows are ideal for a range of settings and contexts – especially those that allow our puppets to be as epic and physical as possible –including outdoor festivals, community engagement projects, theatre spaces, design workshops, local events, films and all sorts of non-traditional performance sites. The company is also committed to developing high-quality community engagement projects that combine big puppets and physical theatre and music.
Ivan Thorley (Artistic Director) has had over fifteen years experience working internationally with some of the world’s most exciting creative people. Puppets with Guts also consult and collaborate on specially commissioned work, including projects with schools, and theatres, as well as festivals, events, film and recorded media. We love new projects and creative ideas so get in touch – firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll create something extraordinary.