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Published: Tuesday 6th March 2018

Every Easter ELC Arts Service brings the Puppet Animation Festival, the UK’s largest performing arts event for children, to East Lothian.

These imaginative and playful, high quality performances are ideal for primary school age children and take place in venues across the County. All tickets are on sale via The Brunton, Musselburgh and from venues one hour before the show (subject to availability).

North Berwick Community Centre hosts Asylon Theatre with Home Sweet Garden, Tue 3 Apr at 11am. Using puppetry, music and audience interaction, inspired by the decline of front gardens in the UK and its impact on the environment, the story illustrates what happens when one day a family's garden just disappears! Tickets: £6, £5 child. 

Head to The Bleachingfield Centre, Dunbar for Yugen Puppet Company and Conan And The Dragon, on Thu 5 Apr at 2pm. Our young hero Conan, against all odds, manages to defeat and banish a dragon terrorising his remote village, in a faraway forgotten region of ancient Scotland.
Told with hand crafted puppets and striking shadow silhouettes, this is a heart-warming and humorous tale. Tickets: £6, £5 child. 

Enjoy a unique performance and workshop experience at John Gray Centre, Haddington on Mon 9 Apr at 11am or 3pm. Nudge Puppets perform Tricky: A Fairy Story followed straight after by a puppet making workshop. Using handmade puppets, Tricky tells the story of Puck, a baby fairy vying for attention and learning to share. After the show join in, have a look at the puppets to find out how they move and then have a go at making your own. Tickets: £8, £7 child.  

Still in Haddington but at the Corn Exchange, be enchanted by Indigo Moon Theatre with 
Mermarella: Cinderella Of The Sea on Wed 11 Apr at 2pm. Mermarella is not the same as those she serves. Will she ever feel the same as those around her and find love in this foreign kingdom? Must she really become something else to achieve her dreams, or might her differences enchant and inspire the dances they all share? A charming production using puppetry, shadow theatre and enchanting music. Tickets: £6, £5 child.  

Head to Prestonpans Community Centre on Mon 9 Apr at 2pm for Half A String with A Heart At Sea. Haunting live music is used to tell the story of a young boy who bottles up his heart and throws it into the sea. The action centres round a beautifully carved wooden chest that holds the secrets to the story. Intricate puppets roam on this unique contraption to recount the story of whales, tiny boats, sea captains and beards. Tickets: £6, £5 child.

Musselburgh welcomes Vision Mechanics & Haya Cultural Centre, Amman with Little Light to The Brunton on Sat 7 Apr at 2pm. Inside a replica of a Bedouin tent, the audience sits on pillows and cushions. Around the top of the tent, above a panoramic screen for projections, a starlit sky is visible. From one constellation, a small, energetic flicker of light falls from the sky to investigate the world below and, meeting a small boy and his father, the story begins. This new multi-media production uses shadow puppetry, table top puppets, object theatre, dance, music and animation to tell the story. Tickets: £8, £7 child.