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Volunteers Needed for Nottingham's First Puppet Festival

Nottingham’s first ever Puppet Festival has finally been launched and will bring an incredible array of shows, workshops, screenings, talks and events all across the city. 

Produced by the Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall, City Arts & Nottingham Trent University the Festival will take place from Thursday 22 to Sunday 25 March.

Highlights include events linking in to the National Theatre production of War Horse, including ‘Breakfast with Joey’ a special family event; performances of The Diabolical Mr Punch in the caves at Malt Cross; screenings and talks at Broadway Cinema of Thunderbirds Are Go and Spitting Image and late night puppet cabaret on the Theatre Royal’s Dress Circle.

In the weeks leading up to the Festival there will puppet-making workshops and events with many community groups, which will lead into our special Puppet Parade in Old Market Square on the final day.

In fact Market Square will become the festival hub for free shows and street theatre during the Festival, including Graeae’s spectacular Ted Hughes inspired Iron Man, which is the size of a double-decker bus!

Download the full Nottingham Puppet Festival programme 

In order for us to achieve our ambitious programme we are now looking to recruit a Volunteer Team to assist us on various aspects of the festival.  This may include some front of house duties, getting feedback from participants or looking after artists and puppets!

We shall be running two information sessions at the Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall where you can find out more about the Festival and the volunteer role.

These will be taking place on Thursday 1 February at 6pm in Nelson’s Suite (entrance via Stage Door) and on Friday 2 February at 2pm on Dress Circle foyer.

If you are 18 or over and interested in being involved then please contact David Longford at or 0115 9895531 to book a place at one of the above sessions.

We look forward to hearing from you.