Soup Nights!



Thursday SOUP nights are a time of enrichment for body and soul, a chance to eat, relax, network and share. The evenings provide a nourishing opportunity to hear more about the life and work of leading practitioners in and around the puppetry community. Each week a talk, slideshow, film or demonstration is presented, followed by an informal gathering.


The Curious community collectively host the evening. Together we make soup, under the careful direction of Emma King, working on a wholesome and mindful task, blending an array of ingredients, mixing and balancing a variety of flavours, with which to warmly welcome our visitors.


These open evenings, attended by puppeteers, directors, makers, designers, students, historians and enthusiasts, are a chance for the wider puppetry community to share and contribute to the progress of the School. They are an opportunity for introductions and contacts to be made and for deeper discussion about the direction and aspirations of the industry.



Curious School of Puppetry, Summerhall Cafe, Summerhall, Edinburgh EH9 1PL

6.30pm Start, 7pm Soup, 7.30pm Guest speaker (approx. 45mins)


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Entrance: Please donate to our Development Fund at the event (recommended £4)


Dates for 2018


Thursday 11th January 2018

Ronnie LeDrew

Zippy and other friends


Thursday 18th January 2018

Raven Kaliana

‘Hooray for Hollywood’ – Puppets on social themes


Thursday 25th January 2018

Eric Bass

Terrain – The Ground On Which A Puppet Lives


Thursday 1st February 2018

To Be Confirmed


Thursday 8th February 2018

To Be Confirmed


Thursday 15th February 2018

Half-term: No Soup Night!


Thursday 22nd February 2018

Stefan Fichert

Music and Puppetry


Thursday 1st March 2018

Mike Shepherd

Kneehigh Theatre Low Down


Thursday 8th March 2018



Thursday 15th March 2018

John and Hannah Fox (TBC)

Dead Good Guides, Welfare State International


Wednesday 21st March and Thursday 22nd March 2018

Sharing of student work

Open evenings




2016 SOUP night speakers included:

Thursday 9th January 2017

Brian Herring

‘Puppets in a Galaxy far, far away…’


Thursday 19th January 2017

Simon Hart

Puppet Animation Scotland: ‘Puppetry Festivals, Audiences and Careers’


Thursday 26th January 2017

Cheryl Henson

‘Jim Henson: Celebrating the Art of Puppetry’


Thursday 2nd February 2017

Phelim McDermott
‘What the puppets told me – The conversational nature of puppetry’


Thursday 9th February 2017

Penny Francis

‘Puppetry: Behind the Iron Curtain’


Thursday 16th February – Half-term


Thursday 2nd March
Emma Rice
Artistic Director, Shakespeare’s Globe

‘The Power of Idiocy’


Thursday 9th March

Anoushka Shankar

Sitarist, Composer, Activist
‘Listening and Responding: the joy of being in the moment’


Thursday 16th March

Joe Wright

Film Director
‘The Participation of the Imagination’


Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd March

Sharing of students work



2016 SOUP night speakers included:


7th January 2016

Penny Francis

Founder of the Puppet Centre Trust ‘Puppetry – the social climber’


14th January 2016

Charles Hazelwood

Conductor/Composer (Paraorchestra, Kneehigh’s Dead Dog in a Suitcase, TED talks, Radio 6)


21st January 2016

Tim Hunkin

Engineer, Cartoonist, Secret Life of Machines (Channel4), Novelty Automation, The Under the Pier Show


28th January 2016

John Fox

Dead Good Guides, Welfare State International


4th February 2016

Mike Shepherd

Artistic Director of Kneehigh Theatre

‘The Kneehigh Lowdown’



Entrance and Soup:
Minimum donation to our Development Fund: £6


Curious School of Puppetry, Little Grey Gate, Florida Street, off Pollard Row, Bethnal Green

London E2 6NB


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