Carnival Bentham 2018

Carnival Bentham this year was celebrating 100 years of suffrage so were encouraging a purple, white and green theme for the costumes and umbrella decoration.

I decided to keep it bold and simple with a purple, white and green Edwardian costume and a “VOTES FOR WOMEN” umbrella in the same colours.  I had been wanting to have a go at the tissue paper and PVA on the inside of a clear umbrella technique for some time and I think it works quite well.  It has a bit of an art nouveau/tiffany lamp look about it that I was quite pleased with.

We bumped into the Fairly Famous Family doing their Kitsch Kafe act and Rough Magic Theatre’s Tim Austin was given a 60s makeover for the selfies above.

We had a really great time and enjoyed the hand made traditional fairground games (e.g. splat the rat, wheel of fortune etc.) that were created specially for this year.

Many thanks to Peter Swan for the photo’s of the parade, (



Jellyfish at Carnival Bentham and Mad Tea Parties in Ormskirk

Hello again to all my lovely readers.  We’ve been very busy recently with various things including rehearsals for “The Tempest” which will be performed in Hereford on Saturday the 23rd July.  And that is my excuse for not doing a blog post before now.

Above are some photos from our recent performances including a parade jellyfish made on an umbrella frame for Carnival Bentham (which had an umbrella theme this year) and our ever popular “Interrupted Wedding” shadow puppet show, which uses an umbrella for a screen was performed by me in Bentham Auction Mart’s Bull Ring.

Below that are a couple of photos from our recent Mad Hatter’s Tea Party walkabout show in Ormskirk with myself as Alice and Tim Austin as the Mad Hatter.  This was for the Chapel Gallery monthly makers market and we went out and about the town centre and as well as our usual entertaining walkabout show told everyone about the Makers’ Market at the Chapel Gallery.  This was full of all sorts of interesting things from lino printing to wood turning to jewellery and glitter tattoos and all being sold by the people who actually made the things (hence makers’ market).

Afterwards we relaxed and had a cup of tea in the gallery cafe which I would highly recommend.  Not only did the tea pots come in a variety of highly coloured hand made tea cosies but the staff were incredibly helpful and friendly.  In most places I have to ask for extra hot water but here I was offered extra hot water and extra tea bags without my having to ask at all!  We only sampled one kind ourselves but there was also a variety of yummy looking cakes to choose from, (we had a coconut slice which was very tasty).

This weekend both Beverley Puppet Festival and Horse + Bamboo are running excellent puppet festivals on so why not check them out?