A Lilliputian puppetry extravaganza for adults


George and Martha. Martha and George. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Who’s in? Who’s out?  Come play a few games for the brave with George and Martha, the perfect Punch and Judy pair. Take a seat, spin the dial, and away we’ll play.


On offer Saturday, 21 July in the Arcadia tent from 3-5pm.  We’ll have a sign-up sheet at the tent for 10-minute slots for puppet games, but feel free to drop in at any time between 3 and 5, and we promise something for everyone who has ever felt unadulterated abhorrence, even slightly, even for a split second, for the people they love most. Participants who arrive with brandy score extra points.


Allison DeFrees has been creating and performing in musical puppet shows for over two decades, and still feels the same effusive joy in bringing an inanimate object to life as she did with her first performance. Puppets have been a constant source of hilarity, joy and phoenix-rising for her through the years. She travelled extensively throughout the United States with puppet troupes before settling in the United Kingdom, where she is currently the Puppeteer in Residence with the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology in London. She has worked with the Victoria & Albert museum and many UK book festivals and schools to create children’s shows, but her true passion lies with puppetry performances for adults. With a musical operetta version of King Lear and a country western musical version of In Cold Blood under her belt, and assisted by the fantastic Martha Lecauchois, it felt like the time had drawn nigh for a true puppet showdown – a performance inspired by the ultimate story of the paper thin line between love and hate: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?  Anything is possible with puppets…