The International Purves Puppets have now been firmly established as a
company for 40 years, in which time they have toured the world,
while also performing in their own award winning permanent theatre - the first
and only fully working puppet theatre of its kind in Scotland.
The company are household names throughout the UK having been welcomed in towns and
cities up and down the country - as well as making numerous TV appearances,
but even more impressive is the number of countries they have been invited
to perform in: France, Italy, Spain, Poland, Germany, Hong Kong, Taiwan,
Jordan, Syria and Singapore.
Their performances are given by large scale
puppets (designed specifically for full-size theatres) and manipulated
in Bunraku style by professional puppeteers. Most productions are performed
in 'Black Light', where both the puppets and scenery glow like magic, while
the operators seem to disappear among a kaleidoscope of fluorescent colours.
The reason for their success is plain when
talking to Jill and Ian Purves - Company Directors of the troupe.
"Right from the start we decided that the best
children's stories always have had a joy and a sparkle of childhood
magic to them - and it is obvious from the letters that we get, that
this idea has been kept and comes across through our own performances".
Although designed specifically for younger
audiences, the performances are appreciated, not only by children, but
adults as well.
"Adults definitely enjoy our shows. More over,
they appreciate the amount of work and care that has been put into our
performances, specifically in the costumes, scenery and script".
to nearly three generations. Children that they originally performed to
are now grown up and return with their own children. In this way, our magic has become so much a part of
people's happy childhood memories. The name 'Purves Puppets' is
established as "The Scots word for puppetry".
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