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22 February 2022 - 12 March 2022

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A non-verbal narrative blending fantasy, puppetry and digital animation with an original score,
Dragon is an epic tale of a child coming to grips with authority, responsibility and the nature of
their world. This thought-provoking adventure, suitable for adults and children, is an
unforgettable experience that asks the question ‘what would you do if you were in their shoes?’.
Created by a cast and crew of locally grown and trained North-East performers, this cross
discipline artform is inspired by world renowned puppetry company ‘The Last Great Hunt’ and
realised with assistance from internationally renowned puppetry dramaturge Chloe Flockart
(Farm, Spare Parts Puppet Theatre; Bambert Book of Lost Stories and In a Dark Dark Wood,
Barking Gecko). This new story comes from the imagination of Life & Limb Puppets’ artistic
director, William Steele.
Steele comments, Dragon pushes the boundaries of what a puppetry show can be, who it can
reach and how. We were inspired by the great animation houses that can appeal to both young
and old alike. As puppetry is predominantly a physical language which shares many similarities
with miming, clown and animation we wanted to tell this complex story visually and without the
need for language. This was a foundational concern to allows us to make this work more
accessible to multiple audiences without fluency in English. It’s quite a challenge to tell a
complex story with those constraints and only possible due to the incredibly talented team we
have behind this project.
Dragon is produced with assistance from Alphabetti Theatre, Arts Council England, The
Community Foundation, Sunday for Sammy, and the Curious School of Puppetry.

St. James' Boulevard, Newcastle, NE1 4HP

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