|The Little Angel Theater|
The borough of Islington in London has a reputation for attracting the funky and hip artist types. All along Upper Street, which connects the two tube stops in Islington—the Angel and the Highbury & Islington stops—there is a plethora of pubs, trendy shops, antique markets, and restaurants featuring ethnic cuisine. Tucked away nearly in the middle of these two stops, just steps away from Upper Street, is a cozy and intimate theatre dedicated to the art of puppetry. Founded by John Wright, the Little Angel Theatre has been operating in an old temperance hall in Islington since 1961.
|The Workshop at The Little Angle Theater|
In October 30th -November 8th , 2009, under the leadership of Artistic Director Peter Glanville, the Little Angel Theatre presented the Suspense Festival proclaiming that it was the first puppetry festival across London in over 25 years, with all of the work programmed being exclusively for adult audiences.
On its web pages devoted to the new Festival the Little Angel Theatre announced:
SUSPENSE is exploding the myths that currently surround puppetry in this country, proving that puppets aren’t just for kids. It showcases a diverse range of contemporary work from UK and international practitioners, bringing puppetry to new adult audiences.
… revealing how sophisticated, irrational, grotesque and potent the art form can be. The work programmed for SUSPENSE represents not only the changing landscape of puppetry in the UK but a challenge to the way theatre is made – opening new doors of expressiveness.
Penny Francis, co- author of A History of European Puppetry writes in her Animations Online article, What is an artform? :
Does the prevalence of good manipulators and good makers make puppetry an art form? No, because art is transcended craft. The craft of puppetry needs to produce its artists to qualify. ….Art is a transformation of craft, craft in the hands of a genius, coming from nowhere, out of reach of anything that can be taught. He or she trails inspiration and reveals perceptions which make us gasp and see the world afresh. 'Art makes the stone more stony'. 
|A view of the interior of Movingstage's barge theater from the audience seats.|
|Movingstage's Brer Rabbit marionettes.|
In the beginning there was nothing.
And then there was something.
And then everyone wanted to have it.
To be has become to have. (Suspense)