Discover more about one of the most magical ancient and popular forms of theatre as you get up close to magical masks and puppets at this unique exhibition on loan from the Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre, Scotland's primary venue and resource centre for the art forms of puppetry, mask and physical theatre.
The touring exhibit has been specially tailored for the new five star Great Tapestry of Scotland visitor centre in Galashiels, featuring puppets from from every era and culture. It includes shadow puppets from Greece, Turkey and Indonesia, Javanese Wayang Golek rod puppets, Rajasthani marionettes, giant Russian doll figures from the Rostov State Puppet Theatre and of course the infamous Punch & Judy.
The Great Tapestry of Scotland is where Scotland's story begins, so it is apt too that this version of the exhibit features some iconic Scottish puppets, including two by the late great Miles Lee (perhaps Scotland's most noted puppeteer); alongside stars of the screen Morag the Highland Cow (formerly co-presenter of the BBC's Fully Booked) and the infamous crawling baby animatronic puppet from the cult film Trainspotting.
Discover just how puppets can be vibrant, living, breathing and subversive, and why they are often the stars of modern theatre, film, television and the media.
There will be a number of workshops and puppet performances on various dates throughout the exhibition's time at The Great Tapestry of Scotland.