Two giant puppets shaped like pairs of red lips in front of a crowd at night. They're emitting red smoke.


Puppets with Guts creates big bold outdoor puppetry. The company is made up of ambitious people striving for creative excellence, led by Artistic Director Ivan Thorley. Based in Brighton & Hove, UK, we make and present big puppetry work both nationally and internationally.

From education settings in schools and community centers, to greenfield festivals and urban parades, to heritage attractions and botanic gardens, to arenas and film sets, we engage different contexts through our stunning puppetry, physical theatre practice, and site-responsive performance approaches.

We design and make extraordinary big puppets, animating public spaces with spectacular shows that illuminate contemporary society.

We transform communities through innovative puppet-led education and engagement projects to empower and energise people of all ages and backgrounds.

We specialise in puppetry commissioning and consultancy services for theatre, corporate events, television and film.

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