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Garlic Theatre is an award winning, international visual theatre company that has toured to 21 countries outside the UK. Penny Francis OBE described Garlic Theatre as one of the main puppetry companies in the UK producing wholly original work. Garlic Theatre tours successfully to theatres, festivals, art centres, village halls and schools to average audience figures of 20,000 per year. Founded in 1997, Garlic Theatre has a fantastic reputation for unusual, funny, eccentric and highly original performances that fire the imagination of children and adults. We aim to challenge, entertain and stimulate people of all ages through the power of puppet animation. Garlic Theatre is proud to work with different directors, designers and musicians to continually refine and experiment with new performance techniques. The Company works through improvisation and the devising process is crucial to our work. Recently the company has worked regularly with director Steve Tiplady, Indefinite Articles and co director Liz Walker, Invisible Thread. The Company has also worked with directors Jean Christophe, France, Mark Bell, Shaun Myatt, Roland Allen, Andras Lennart, Hungary and Bob Pearce. Internationally the Company has worked closely with and been hugely inspired by designer Michaela Bartonova from Tineola Theatre, Prague. The company has worked closely with musician Jonathan Lambert over many productions and has also worked with musicians Anna Mudeka, Rosie Toll and Pete Toll. Garlic Theatre would like to thank the following funders who have funded many of our productions, the Arts Council England (project funding), Norfolk County Council, and The Golsoncott Foundation. Also thanks to Breckland Council, the Puppet Centre Trust, the Baring Foundation, Norfolk Museums and the Joanna Scott Foundation. Rosie Willis works as Garlic Theatre's administrator and has been with the company for ten years. Garlic Theatre also works regularly with photographer Bert Eke and designer Paul Cunningham from Spruce Creative.