On Thursday 7 September 2023, Outreach ran a Marionette event celebrating the craft of marionette making, which in 2023 was added to the Heritage Craft Association endangered list.

The event was for both Guild members and guests from the puppetry community. The day included a rare opportunity for some professional development training for mid-career puppeteers with little access to marionettes, followed by public displays and demonstrations by expert marionette makers. There was a chance for anyone to have a go at operating a marionette, informal performances and a panel discussion about the craft of the marionette and its future. 

Images left to right: Andrew Grundon, Sarah Vigars, Nik Palmer

The evening explored the following topics:

The event was organised by Guild member Rachel Warr with help from Sue Dacre, and contributions from:

with video contributions from Keith Frederick, Oliver Hymans, John Roberts and Jan Zalud.