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Profile:A Bird in the Hand Theatre

A Bird in the Hand Theatre


Kids / Outdoor Arts / Theatre

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A BIRD IN THE HAND THEATRE is a puppet and mask theatre company based in West Yorkshire. We make beautiful, quirky, gentle shows, installations and walkabouts for outdoor and theatre audiences. Much of our work is aimed at family audiences, and has love and wonder for the natural world at its heart. We create work for both outdoor and theatre/ indoor venues
The company was formed in 2017 by artist and director Alison Duddle and performer Mark Whitaker.
Alison is an artist, puppet and mask maker and director. She likes making big things for parades and carnivals as well as tiny puppets for performance. She was previously joint artistic director for Horse + Bamboo Theatre.
Mark has been a puppeteer since 1989. His performance work spans theatre, street work and film, including recently spending time in a galaxy far, far away for the latest Star Wars movies.
Before starting A Bird in the Hand Theatre, Alison and Mark had previously worked together on many shows for Horse + Bamboo Theatre, both for adult and young audiences, many of which toured to NRTF venues. As the company has developed, they have been joined in the company by a stalwart, talented and rather nice team of performers and musicians including Frances Merriman, Jonny Quick, Chris Davies, Aya Nakamura, Nix Wood, Rowan Taylor and Amy Hegarty.


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