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Gren Middleton trained as lighting cameraman photographing some 14 feature films and many documentaries before meeting John and Lyndie Wright founders of the Little Angel theatre. The potential for combining the marionette with modern technology controlling the light and sound in a production was obvious. Gren with his film experience and Juliet Rogers, his partner, an accomplished puppeteer, founded Movingstage Marionette Co in 1978. Since then Gren has carved the marionettes for over twenty productions, been responsible for the creation of a fully fitted 55 seat marionette theatre which has been open to the public throughout the year for more than twenty five years. Three texts have been commissioned from two contemporary published writers. The texts were subsequently published. He plays an active part in the puppet world and has written articles for the puppet press. He is a full member of the Association of Lighting Designers.

Juliet Rogers has been working with marionettes since 1970 and is an accomplished operator and maker. She trained with John Wright MBE and has operated the lead parts in all his major productions. She and Gren Middleton have run the Puppet Theatre Barge for more than 30 years as a touring puppet theatre presenting work for children and adult audiences. She has adapted three Shakespeare plays for the theatre and has written two pieces for children. She devises and manages an educational project annually which tours to primary schools in Greater London and has created two rod puppet shows which are performed regularly in and around London and occasionally nationwide.

Colleen Magennis has a background as set painter and props maker in South Africa, Colleen came to Britain in 1973. She joined the Little Angel Marionette Theatre in London where she trained in all aspects of puppetry; designing and making puppets, working backstage with lighting and and operating string, rod and shadow puppets in performance. She made a series of wire rod puppets for the production All He Fears by Howard Barker. She operated on The Puppet Barge summer tour 2004 and has facilitated a series of school workshops conducted in the City of Westminster primary schools. Colleen also makes modern silver jewellery. She lives on the Isle of Bute in Scotland.

Amy Hazeldine completed a degree at the Central School of Drama before joining the Puppet Barge in the summer 2002. She has operated for the company on a number of productions and has for some years been involved with the annual spring educational workshop programme. She has created her own shadow show and made a number of marionettes. Amy has taken time out and produced a beautiful smiling baby girl.

Athena Gilbert joined the Puppet Barge as a trainee for the summer 2004 tour having already made her own marionette productions which she presented at the Ticycle Gallery and Kew Gardens Festival. Since the tour she has shown her work at Pollocks Toy Museum and the British Museum. She has performed in several shows on the Puppet Barge and accompanied the company at an international puppet festival in Lahore (Pakistan). Athena is now the owner, with her partner Cesaire, of a double decker bus to be used for puppet purposes.

Stan Middleton, a third generation marionettist, he began his career at the age of three on a tour to Pakistan he is a master marionettist and with his his colleaguefellow marionettist, Soledad Zarate has his own company, String Theatre. Together they have toured  India, Indonesia, Serbia, Hungary and Turkey with Soledad Zarate,

Soledad Zarate began her career by going, in the first place, to the office to see a performance. Since then she has never put a foot wrong and not only is she a talented operator she also administers the company, alongside Juliet. She and Stan run their own shows through String Theatre Company. Soledad has modernised a narrow boat and now lives on the River Thames. She is able to create sub titles for deaf people and is currently completing a PHD on the subject

Sarah Fitzpatrick known as Fitz was born in Dublin in 1980. After leaving school she mucked around in art college for a few years before being turfed out of there with a degree in fine Art and an interest in making little figures, but with a meandering sense of purpose in life. Since falling head over heel-strings for marionettes, she has made a number of marionettes and operated in many shows on the Barge. She has given in to an urge and is making her own marionettes for a film.

Biogs of the following to follow.


Rosie Leahy

Josh Middleton

Kate Middleton

Rob Humphreys

Beatrice Pentney

Adrien Alexandre-Allin

Sian Kidd


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