“Puppet State Theatre Company, has become a giant in the world of theatre for young audiences because of its clever combination of puppetry, storytelling, choreography and multi-sensory engagement.”
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Puppet State Theatre Company, based in Edinburgh, was founded by Richard Medrington. After performing his one-man puppet shows for 20 years he joined forces with puppeteer Rick Conte and puppeteer and maker Ailie Cohen in 2006 to create The Man Who Planted Trees which has now been touring both nationally and internationally for nine years.
Puppet State’s show The Man Who Planted Trees has toured with the original cast since 2006, performing in many hundreds of venues from tents in ancient Scottish woodlands, schools, theatres and festivals across the UK and Ireland to overseas trips in Bermuda, Malaysia, North America, Europe and return visits to the Lincoln Center Education and Sydney Opera House. In 2009, Puppet State was part of the first Made in Scotland showcase and the Scots on Broadway season at the New Victory Theater in New York shortly before their first coast-to-coast North American tour in 2010. The most recent US shows were in Beverly Hills’ Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Following the 2015 Fringe, the show tours to New Zealand.
“Puppet State Theatre’s adaptation of the French author Jean Giono’s 1953 story L’homme qui plantait des arbres is one of the most touching and effective pieces of children’s theatre I’ve seen for a long time. In fact, it’s the most completely satisfying piece of theatre playing in Sydney right now.” Sydney Morning Herald
Puppet State and Alice worked together on a new telling of JRR Tolkien’s story Leaf by Niggle.