“Touched Theatre is a puppetry company that always seems to have something new to bring to the table.” – Animations Online
TouchedTheatre make high quality contemporary performance with puppetry at its heart. The company is a collaboration between award-winning puppeteer Darren East (Offies 2015, former Associate Artist Little Angel Theatre) and experienced dramaturg and producer Beccy Smith, alongside a host of brilliant associate artists in performance, puppetry, design and sound. Our work is most interested in the point where moving, original storytelling about the world we live in now meets the thrilling possibilities of puppetry.
TouchedTheatre are specialists in using puppetry, storytelling and film to work with young people and adults experiencing mental health difficulties. We run ArtAid, a nationally recognised project (shortlisted for the 2015 Children and Young People Now Awards, Culture category) in partnership with CAMHS in Brighton and Hove that works with children and teenagers in care who are users of mental health services. Darren also runs a puppetry course for the Sussex Recovery College.
Increasingly, our creative and participatory work inform one another and our work uses puppetry to relate to emotional realities and to create community-engaged work with immediate connections for audiences.
TouchedTheatre are also involved in the emerging national strategy for puppetry. We co-run Brighton Puppetry School and support local emerging and established puppetry artists through our regular Punched nights of new puppetry cabaret for adults.
Our partners include: Arts Council England, Sussex NHS Partnership, the Spire, Brighton Artists Open Houses, ONCA, the Marlborough Theatre, the Nightingale Theatre, the Puppetry Development Consortium, BBC Children in Need, Brighton & Hove Mental Wellbeing Innovation Fund.