Puppetry, stilt-walking and walkabout at Festivals and Events

WishWorks are happy to perform at fetes, festivals, fund raisers and events, although we will not perform outdoors in heavy rain or strong wind (in a marquee is fine)

We can offer Puppet Shows, Stilt Walking or walkabout acts, and Storytelling.

Whether you need one spectacular show to gather the crowds, a children’s area with exciting activities all day or something in between, WishWorks are crowd and organizer pleasers- versatile and experienced in providing top notch entertainment for all.

Photo credit, Nik Palmer, Festival of Jim 2014 

Feedback from Festivals

WishWorks have performed to great public acclaim for Middle Farm at our annual Apple Festival, and in so doing have added a magical dimension to the celebrations, enthralling children and adults alike.Their shows nurture imaginings and provoke ideas far beyond the immediate joy of a theatrical performance, by addressing issues of complex social relevance in a highly accessible way. Such lively and original work is well worthy of all encouragement” Helen and Rod Marsh, Middle Farm

“Hi, I just wanted to send an email to thank you for being so kind to my family today at the apple festival. My five children aged two to nearly ten were completely engaged by your amazing shows today and insisted on staying to watch all four! I really appreciate the time that you spent between the shows talking to our children and allowing them to interact with the puppets. All they have done since we got home is put on puppet shows! My eldest son is autistic so it was extra special to see him engaging in something to this extent. Thank you again and I certainly hope we meet again.” Jenni Neale, parent at Middle Farm Apple Festival 2013

“I was suffering from post natal depression and your show was the one thing that picked me up. One good day” A Mum, Middle Farm Apple Festival, 2004 

RiverOcean has enjoyed performances of WishWorks at our Low Tide festival for many years. The shows have been a favourite of children and adults alike.” Clare Rutherford, River Ocean Foundation, 2007

“Yet again another enormous thank-you for bringing Goldifox to the festival yesterday. Lily and Asher were talking about their favourite bits all the way to school today, and I'm sure the other kids were too. You're always a huge hit with everyone, and I really appreciate that your professionalism overcomes lively audience members and stage invasions! It's always so good to have you there” Lucy Marcovitch, Education consultant and writer, Festival of Jim 2014

“A very big thank you for all your hard work. I was told by so many people how fantastic your shows were and I could hear from the children’s reaction that you provided some really brilliant entertainment for them- and the adults! I’m really hoping that you come back next year. Thanks for your patience and flexibility and generous contribution in providing some top entertainment for everyone” Lisa Westoff, Festival of Jim, 2009

“The best puppet show ever” Seaford Live

We many great comments about the workshops. Had great write-ups in the local paper” Jane Grey, Henley youth festival 2011

Thanks for all your beautiful work and input” Sian Thomas, Winchester Hat Fair     

Fundraisers

“Thank you to WishWorks puppets for putting on that really delightful show for us… we are all sure it contributed enormously to our final figure - £1952.00! Thank you both so much” Pippa Campbell, Pippa’s Group, 2013

“Thank you so much for coming to Hastings and being a part of our Gala on Sunday, we thoroughly enjoyed having you there, & anyone who can keep the attention of a group of young children for that long deserves a medal! We thought you were great. We raised in total £4705 for the CF Trust”

Events

“You're simply brilliant, witty, heartwarming.” - Chislehurst Big Draw, 2013

“wow, you were terrific. The children loved the puppet show and you were so good at getting them to sit down and draw pictures. The day was a great success” Donna Bumpas, Chislehurst Big Draw 2009

That was one of my favourite afternoons ever” audience, Big Draw 2010

“Three fantastic shows, Thank you so much.” Daniel Fagan, community ranger, CHALKlife festival 2014, Lewes District Council

Photo credit Robert Piwko / www.robertpiwko.com

We are happy to round up an audience, and play to any number of people.

We also perform at Weddings and children’s parties and have an array of Buddhist stories, including:

  • Padmousesambava and the Demons of Tibet
  • Siddhartha and the Swan (rabbit)
  • The Fox who conquered fear
  • The King’s Dog
  • Betty the Yeti (Angulimarla)

These entertaining morality tales can be adapted for a more secular audience, or even or use at Church events.