Basil Jones & Adrian Kohler

Puppet Fabrication & Direction

Puppet Design and Fabrication

Handspring are behind the puppet direction, design and fabrication of the puppets for War Horse. Handspring was founded in 1981 by Adrian Kohler, Basil Jones. Originally the creators of children’s shows, their first adult production, Episodes of an Easter Rising, (1985) went to the International Festival of Puppet Theatre in Charleville-Mézières, France. Subsequent productions featured collaborations with leading South African directors. Woyzeck on the Highveld launched a 10-year collaboration with artist William Kentridge. Their co-productions have been presented in festivals throughout the world. Or You Could Kiss Me, written and directed by Neil Bartlett, premiered at the National Theatre in 2010. A Midsummer Night’s Dream 2013 played at The Bristol Old Vic and in the USA at the Spoleto Festival and the International Festival of Arts & Ideas. Their most recent collaboration, Stiller, opened in June 2013 at the Cuvilliés Residenztheater, Munich.Handspring has received many awards including a Special Tony Award, an Olivier Award, as well as Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and LA Drama Critics Circle. Adrian Kohler, Handspring’s artistic director and puppet designer, has exhibited works at the South African National Gallery, Cape Town and the Museum for African Art in New York. His puppets are represented in public collections in Munich, Johannesburg, Cape Town and in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Janni Younge joined Handspring in 2011. Her production, Ouroboros, tours Belgium and France in September and November 2013. handspringpuppet.co.za

Oxford New Theatre

13 December 2017 - 06 January 2018

Brighton Centre

25 January 2018 - 10 February 2018

Bradford Alhambra Theatre

14 February 2018 - 10 March 2018

Nottingham Royal Concert Hall

14 March 2018 - 07 April 2018

Edinburgh Festival Theatre

18 April 2018 - 12 May 2018

Southampton Mayflower Theatre

16 May 2018 - 09 June 2018

Salford The Lowry

13 June 2018 - 30 June 2018

Wales Millennium Centre

04 July 2018 - 28 July 2018

Woking New Victoria Theatre

01 August 2018 - 18 August 2018

Plymouth Theatre Royal

29 August 2018 - 15 September 2018

Milton Keynes Theatre

19 September 2018 - 06 October 2018

Birmingham Hippodrome

10 October 2018 - 03 November 2018

Glasgow SECC

15 January 2019 - 02 February 2019

Sunderland Empire Theatre

06 February 2019 - 23 February 2019

Canterbury Marlowe Theatre

27 February 2019 - 16 March 2019
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Puppet Design and Fabrication

Handspring are behind the puppet direction, design and fabrication of the puppets for War Horse. Handspring was founded in 1981 by Adrian Kohler, Basil Jones. Originally the creators of children’s shows, their first adult production, Episodes of an Easter Rising, (1985) went to the International Festival of Puppet Theatre in Charleville-Mézières, France. Subsequent productions featured collaborations with leading South African directors. Woyzeck on the Highveld launched a 10-year collaboration with artist William Kentridge. Their co-productions have been presented in festivals throughout the world. Or You Could Kiss Me, written and directed by Neil Bartlett, premiered at the National Theatre in 2010. A Midsummer Night’s Dream 2013 played at The Bristol Old Vic and in the USA at the Spoleto Festival and the International Festival of Arts & Ideas. Their most recent collaboration, Stiller, opened in June 2013 at the Cuvilliés Residenztheater, Munich.Handspring has received many awards including a Special Tony Award, an Olivier Award, as well as Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and LA Drama Critics Circle. Adrian Kohler, Handspring’s artistic director and puppet designer, has exhibited works at the South African National Gallery, Cape Town and the Museum for African Art in New York. His puppets are represented in public collections in Munich, Johannesburg, Cape Town and in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Janni Younge joined Handspring in 2011. Her production, Ouroboros, tours Belgium and France in September and November 2013. handspringpuppet.co.za