The Puppet Theatre Barge started as a touring company called Movingstage in
1978 specialising in marionette theatre. After several years of touring the UK and
the world, the company acquired and converted a 72ft-long Thames lighter into a
permanent puppet theatre. The stage was specially designed to put on shows
using string marionettes, and the seating raked to ensure a good view from every
seat. For the first few years, the company’s Puppet Theatre Barge was based in
Camden Lock and toured the Grand Union Canal in the summer. In 1986, the
Puppet Barge moved its winter base to Little Venice and each summer went up
the River Thames, sometimes as far as Oxford.
Juliet trained and worked for many years with John Wright at the Little Angel
Marionette Theatre (as it was then) before setting up the Movingstage
Marionette Company in 1978.
Gren trained as a lighting cameraman and photographed numerous
documentaries, feature films and TV dramas before turning to puppets and
helping set up Movingstage. You can buy "Like a Dead Bird Flying" here