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  • PUPPET PLANET is glad to welcome back popular children’s author Mary Dickinson this Saturday the 27th of July at 2pm with Storytelling, Songs + Puppetmaking - THE 3 BILLY GOATS GRUFF (£5 includes craft materials) Please ring 07900 975 276 to book

    PUPPET PLANET is excited to introduce visiting children’s author Elizabeth Godley this Saturday the 27th of July at 11am + 3pm for a FREE Bookreading & Signing of her Illustrated Children’s Book RIBBON’S TRAVELING CASTLE  Come and join in the fun! 



  • PUPPET PLANET Puppets + Music 

    Wednesday April 10th 7.30pm      Book on 07900 975 276      £10 inc Refreshments


    ANIMUSIC explores the theme of music in puppetry, where puppet animation and the playing of a musical instrument is made in unison by the performer. Featuring a broad range of puppet techniques and instruments like charango, Andean flutes, panpipes, and drums. 

    Concept + Performance: José Navarro / Scenery and Stage Design + Performance: Bella Lane  


    Atsufumi Ujiie is Chairman of the Pipe and Tabor Society of Japan. Percussionist and recorder player, he teaches music in Tokyo and Italy. He plays regularly at festivals in Italy and England, records for radio, and is soloist with many orchestras and ensembles. We are fortunate to welcome him to perform at Puppet Planet together with his trusty puppets! 



    AMAZONIAN VISIONS 19.00 on Thursday the 21st of March

    A puppet performance inspired by the Amazonian universe - its people, plants, animals and landscape 

    Suitable for an audience of all ages. Tickets £10 (includes refreshments) Call 07900 975276 to book


    Creator / Performer: José Navarro  

    Stage Designer / Performer: Bella Lane  

    Original Music & Sound Design: Cameron McBride



    Tea Time Talk at Puppet Planet this Saturday the 16th of February at 3pm features Broken Puppet Theatre all the way from Devon. The team of two will share their insights on Puppet making & Performing. This is the Finale of their Arts Council funded London training tour. Entry is free but please book a space by ringing or texting on 07900 975 276 or email Refreshment provided! NB The shop is mobility accessible


  •               José Navarro puppeteer and mime artist 
    Hugo Salazar mime artistOn Saturday the 5th of May at Puppet Planet from 7 - 9pm A special presentation of PUPPETRY & MIME 


    Ring 020 7627 0111 or 07900 975276 to book. Tickets £15 - refreshments available.


     ‘MIMELOGY’ is a new Variety puppetry & mime Show exploring various historical and artistic perspectives of these 2 art forms. This Peruvian double bill features José Navarro Theatre and Hugo Fernando Salazar. Hugo is from the city of Cusco in the High Andes and is visiting London for the first time. He has over 28 years of experience in the world of theatre, as an actor, teacher, director, author and producer. His original devised creation ‘Alone in the Multitude’ is directed by Dalia Ivanova Paz Ponce. In this drama he highlights through movement and gesture a series of short stories representing the desires and frustrations of contemporary characters. José has trained in both puppetry and mime - here he works with classic puppets including shadows and marionettes, artfully framing and reflecting on the various scenarios. A dramatic treat!



    An innovative miniature puppet piece, this is a show conceived by Peruvian puppeteer José Navarro to be viewed by one spectator at a time. The original, handmade diminutive puppet characters are inspired by the world of the Amazon which is universal and timeless: shamans, dancers, insects and animals interact to produce seamless dream-like visions. Tradition and technology are combined to evoke the exotic sounds and colourful sights of the rain forest, enhanced by original music from Javier Serrano and sound design by Alberto San Andrés.

    This is an intimate one-to-one performance which is suitable for an audience of all ages, as José customises each individual show to create a unique experience that lasts for approximately 5 minutes, for a donation of £5. Recently returned from performing at international puppet festivals in China and India, José will be presenting 'Ayahuasca' at Puppet Planet on 2 days only:  from 12 to 8pm on Friday the 1st and Sunday the 3rd of December. You can book your slot in advance by phoning 02076270111 or 07900975276 - or you're welcome to drop in!

    An intimate and transformative puppetry experience like no other performed by a solo artist to an audience of one

    Five minutes of Bliss

    (Origins Festival) 

    Here's a link to see the process of José preparing some of the elements of his show:

  • WHEN: Saturday the 12th of August PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE (moved from 29/7 to 12/8 due to diversions beyond our control i.e. traffic diversions!) from 7pm  

    WHERE: Puppet Planet, 787 Wandsworth Road, SW8 3JQ

    Punch & Judy at Puppet Planet

    PUPPET PLANET PRESENTS - for your Delight and Delectation (all the way from Norfolk) - Improper Punch & Judy, Prestidigitation, Conjuring and Legerdemain from Prof Baggs + Mysterious, Marvellous, Mind Reading Magic from The Amazing Anthony, ably assisted by Balti Bear.  Tongue-twisting Pimms Picnic + Choice Morsels from Charlie’s Kitchen'.  £35 per person (only a dozen spaces, so ring 07900975276 to book your place)


    'making an exhibition of myself' ends with the Gyroscope installation, which is open every day until the 31st of May, when there is a Displacement Activity workshop. 

    Do come along!



    The Entrance to this exhibition is through this old-fashioned, double-fronted puppet shop. At the back there's a grotto full of illuminated things. Some are lit, some light up - some emit sound. Some pieces are liminal (portable portals), some retrospective (scrap books). None of them are toys. The vocabulary is metal and glass, photographs and film - the grammar is split infinitives and dangling participles. The language is colloquial, the content self-referential (the artist having lived long enough for the description 'autobiographical' to have lost its disparaging connotation). A muse, occasionally amusing, life model and clown Lesley Butler conglomerates found objects into talismans, amulets, mascots and fetishes where the whole becomes greater than the sum of the parts, an amalgamation which defines her art. The holes in the roof and floor of the exhibition space (not to mention the artists' teeth) will be on display, as they all need filling. So yes, all artworks will be for sale. Private view at Puppet Planet from 6pm on Friday the 26th of May, with a barbecue by Charlie's Kitchen (the weather forecast is fantastic!) Open daily 9am - 7pm, the exhibition closes with a workshop (displacement activity) until 6pm on Wednesday the 31st of May. 


    Lesley Butler  Whilst studying for a French & German degree participated in Fluxus ‘happenings’ after meeting Josef Beuys and Nam June Paik in Duesseldorf in 1981. Co-founded the Brixton Art Gallery then organised the Performance Art Festival ‘Bartok in Brixton’ there in 1983. Member of Octetto Ironico with David Medalla, performed the ‘A to Z of Synoptic Realism’. British Council funded tour to Krefeld in 1988. After studying acting including ‘Commedia dell’Arte’ with Barry Grantham, then media with BFI and C4, worked on Independent films and as a Location Manager around Europe. In 1990 joined the BBC as Post Production Manager, then Assistant Producer for BBC2’s ‘Open Space’ series. A commissioned photographer, work toured, published and exhibited, including at the National Portrait Gallery in 1993. Made first ‘lookalike’ marionette in 1999 when performing with Bubble Theatre, commissions include TV. Trained as a Clown with Vivian Gladwell ’Nose to Nose'. Opened the shop ‘Puppet Planet’ in 2003 - short film ‘Pinocchio’ screened at festivals in the U.K. and U.S.  Clown: ‘The Bag Lady’, Punch & Judy: ‘Professor Baguette’. Arts Council travel bursary to India 2012. Imternational group exhibition 'Toys (Are Us)' at The Crypt Gallery curated by Kosha Hussein and Chloé Dall'Olio 2015.


    On Saturday 20 May, Puppet Planet will be celebrating the final month of its 'Winter always turns to Spring' festival with a Grand Finale evening showcasing the puppetry of José Navarro, complemented by Canapés & Cocktails from Charlie's Kitchen. On the stage at the back of the Puppet Planet shop José will present a range of characters from a wide and colourful spectrum of puppetry forms in a skilful and playful programme. The accompanying menu of Mini Bites will have a South American flavour, and include a pudding and punch!  All for £25 a head - to book, call or text on 07900975276 

    Fish Tacos w Raspberry Red Onion Chutney 
    Yorkshire Puddings with Lemon Beef Spicy Potato Caramelised Vegetables
    Layered Causa Potato Cake Andean Chicken Fritter Zesty Salsa Criolla (Red Onion Lime Coriander) 

    Vegetarian Options 
    Roasted Vegetable Tacos w Mango Tamarind Chutney 
    Yorkshire Puddings w Lime Mushrooms Spicy Potato Caramelised Vegetables 
    Layered Causa Potato Cake w Vegetable Cebiche Zesty Salsa Criolla 

    Raspberry Chocolate Pots

    Elderflower and Raspberry Mojito Punch /Non Alcoholic Alternative