Norwich Puppet Theatre wants you to share your memories

Norwich Puppet Theatre wants people to share their memories of the place and the shows staged there to help it celebrate its 30th birthday this December.

It is a Norwich venue where puppets have been creating theatrical magic through their storytelling for three decades.

And now the Norwich Puppet Theatre, in Whitefriars, wants people to share their favourite memories of the place and the shows staged there to help it celebrate its 30th birthday this December.

Nic Hopkins, chairman of trustees at Norwich Puppet Theatre, said: 'We are looking for people's personal memories of the theatre to help bring to life the past 30 years.

'We would love to hear about people's memories of coming to the theatre to see a show or taking part in a workshop, or people who have volunteered at the theatre.

'Many people will also remember St James Church before it was the theatre and we would love to hear from them too.'

People can submit their written memories, photographs, videos, puppets, old programmes or any other memorabilia with a link to the puppet theatre.

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The theatre's 30th birthday is on December 1 and so during that week there is a whole host of events to mark the occasion.

Some of the memories submitted may be used as part of an exhibition about Norwich Puppet Theatre at Fusion, in The Forum, from November 29 until December 4, while many of the memories will be put on display in the theatre's foyer in the same week. The celebration events that week include an auction of glove puppets designed by celebrities at the Forum on Tuesday, November 30 and a free open day at Norwich Puppet Theatre on Saturday, December 4 followed by a puppet cabaret show for adults in the evening.

Norwich Puppet Theatre is one of only two dedicated puppet theatres in England and was founded in 1979 by Ray and Joan DaSilva as a permanent base for their touring company.

The medieval church of St James was converted into the theatre which opened to the public on December 1 1980.

It came close to closure two years ago after Arts Council England withdrew its annual �60,000 grant, but it was saved following an Evening News campaign and after Norwich Town Close Estate Charity stepped in and other donors contributed.

Norwich Puppet Theatre is the only theatre in the eastern region with a year-round programme of family-centred entertainment and as well as creating its own puppetry, the theatre hosts touring companies from across Britain and overseas, and also runs workshops for children and adults.

The theatre's touring company has also taken many of its productions across the world to countries including Canada, Slovenia, Finland and Mexico.

People can submit images, videos and their written memories of Norwich Puppet Theatre online at

People can also bring items to the theatre. For more information email or call 01603 615564

Are you involved in a project celebrating a landmark anniversary? Call Emma Knights on 01603 772428 or email