About Collette Knowles

I am artistic director of Rough Magic Theatre, and I have been performing and making puppets since 1999. I have a Drama and Arts Education degree from the great Bretton Hall College, (Yay!). I started the great loves/obsessions of my life in about 1997, (Celebratory Arts, Street Theatre and last but definitely not least Puppetry). I am also an actor, artist, musician and all the other different roles necessary in the field of puppet theatre.

What shall I do next?

I have been investigating new ways of making money online since my normal business of live performances and workshops has gone out of the window for the moment.

I have discovered that WordPress (who host this blog) allows you to get contributions from subscribers (monthly or annual) and that you can create subscriber only content.  You can also sell goods/services and collect donations through one off payments.

I am currently undecided as to what is best to do with these tools and wanted to get some feedback as to what my current readers would like to see me do next and what and how much you would be willing to pay for it.

Please leave comments by clicking the circle marked “reply” at the top of the page or vote in the poll below:



In the meanwhile for those who missed my previous post here is my video of the Vampire Rod Puppet I made inspired by Beverley Puppet Festival‘s making video from Merlin Puppet Theatre:

Beverley Puppet Festival – Vampire Rod Puppet Video!

For those of you who do not know I have been making a Vampire Rod Puppet inspired by Merlin Puppet Theatre‘s making video for Beverley Puppet Festival 2020.  You can see the making process in my 2 previous blog posts.

CLICK HERE for the 1st Blog Post.  CLICK HERE for the 2nd Blog Post.

I have now made a little video using an extract of original text from Bram Stoker’s novel “Dracula”.


Please do leave comments/suggestions/feedback as I usually do live puppet performance rather than video work.