Puppets with Guts is a high-quality, big puppet, object and physical theatre company based in West London. Puppets with Guts was founded by Artistic Director Ivan Thorley and Designer Caroline Bowman in 2013, because they want audiences to experience the full force of big interactive spectacular puppetry. The company mission is to present big, inspiring puppets that engage with important narratives and contemporary issues, in outdoor sites with diverse audiences.

Puppets with Guts have toured work around London and the UK, including Latitude Festival, Hillingdon Carnival, Lyric Hammersmith, Watford Palace Theatre, SIRF,  Hidden Heathbrook – Wandsworth, Streets of Battle, GDIF, Birmingham Hippodrome and The Great British Carnival – Ramsgate, Bransholme – Hull, Royal Albert Hall – London.

With over fifteen years experience working internationally with some of the world’s most exciting creative people. We also consult and collaborate on specially commissioned work, including projects in theatre, events and recorded media. We can chat about an idea that you have in mind to create something brand new and extraordinary.

Our shows are ideal for a range of settings and contexts – especially those that allow our puppets and objects to be as epic as possible – whether that be at an outdoor festival, green fields, community engagement, physical theatre and design workshops, local authority city events and non-traditional performance sites. The company is also committed to developing methods of education and engagement that combine big puppets, physical theatre, design and music.


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