The Puppet Place community is a diverse group of individuals and companies. Many come from the worlds of live puppetry and animation. However, there are others who work within the creative sector but share our collective belief that puppetry and animation are artforms that have a unique ability to bring people together and communicate ideas in ways that have the power to be transformative and empowering. On this page you can find out more about our resident artists at Unit 18.



Dik Downey & Vicky Andrews


Formed in 2000, Pickled Image specializes in puppetry for live performance and theatre. Since its inception the company has gained international recognition and numerous awards for their darkly humorous visual productions.


Chris Pirie

Green Ginger creates award-winning theatre & films featuring puppetry. The company operates from two production bases, one in France and one in the UK. Green Ginger UK acts as an umbrella organisation under which freelance theatre makers work together to write, design, teach and perform.

David McGoran & Roseanne Wakely

Rusty Squid are robotic artists and designers exploring primal emotions and embodied machines. Through the art of puppetry, the technology of robotics and beautifully crafted materials the team bring to life objects and environments that awaken the human animal.


Animator & Puppet Maker

Elizabeth is a freelance fabricator for animation, theatre and public engagement works. Elizabeth has worked with companies such as Rusty Squid, Pickled Image and RAUCOUS.

Animator & Teacher

Mary is an experienced animator and teacher of animation. She has designed and run a number of animation programmes and is currently employed as Senior Technical Instructor to the animation courses at the Bristol School of Animation at the University of the West of England.


Artist & Designer

Becca is an artist, designer and educator. She makes playful work at the intersection of folk-art, storytelling, and creative-technology, and also designs and facilitates creative learning experiences. Becca is a lecturer on the Creative Media Design degree at UWE.


Creative Producer

Fiona is a founder member of and Creative Producer for The Theatre Orchard, a performing arts charity that produces new performance, and tours professional theatre to diverse places and spaces – making live performance part of day-to-day life. The company’s principle focus is North Somerset but work is also toured regionally and nationally. Theatre Orchard’s project is ‘Theatre Shop’, a formerly empty retail unit in Clevedon that has been transformed into theatre venue and bar. Fiona also works as an independent producer with companies such as Living Spit and Company of Angels.

Theatre Designer

Max trained in theatre design at Bristol Old Vic theatre school. As well as set and costume design he creates miniatures and other artworks. His designs have been nominated for the Off West End awards 6 times, as well as the UK Theatre Awards. He was resident associate designer at the RSC in 2013, during which time he was also a Linbury Prize Finalist.


Filmmaker & Cinematography

BLACK CAT FILMS is the moving image work of Adam Laity, Cinematographer, Photographer, Director, Writer and Editor



Lucy is a collaborative live artist, project manager and event facilitator.

Working largely with Time To Change, Liz Clarke & Company and Bath Spa Live. Lucy has a particular interest in improving mental health and wellbeing through public engagement.


Animator & Filmmaker

White Rabbit Animation

With a passion for the Gothic, the macabre and the downright odd, Emma is an animator and designer, online and onscreen. Her true love is for stop-motion animation. Emma has a Masters from Bristol School of Animation and has several animated shorts in her storybox. She is also the Editor of Puppet Place Newsletter


Puppeteer/ puppet maker/ performer

Catherine is the founder of Muddy Duck, a multidisciplinary performance company that creates and brings to life puppets and characters for the stage and beyond. Exploring new worlds and the limits of our own, Muddy Duck build, develop and perform fantastical creatures, who delight and entertain children and adults alike.


Multi-disciplinary artist

Beki has dabbled in almost anything and everything  from music events, photography, design and theatre stuff. She’ll never say no but has come to the realisation that working for free, low pay doesn’t make her  kids or the bank very happy.  These days you’ll mostly find her with a paintbrush in hand,  struggling with complicated, multilayered macabre and slightly off paintings. A life long devotee of rare soul music, science fiction and obscure horror films of the 70s and 80s. Nice.



Eleanor Bull is a Set & Costume Designer based in the U.K across London and Bristol.

In July 2017 she was short-listed as one of the 12 finalists of the Linbury Prize for Stage Design.

Eleanor trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, graduating with an MA in Theatre Design in 2017, and at The Arts University Bournemouth.

Richard Hewis

Designer Toy Maker

As a long time collector and seller of vintage toys, I’ve always appreciated the artwork on vintage toy packaging. This along with an appreciation for the more modern items being produced in the ever growing ‘Designer Art Toy’ market I’ve decided to start creating my own toy line. Also in my spare time I enjoy painting and drawing things inspired by popular culture.

If you would like to go on the waiting list to become a Puppet Place Resident please contact Rachel McNally:


Our Associate Artists are part of our wider community of puppeteers, puppet makers, model makers, animators in the UK. They work in a variety of settings from community arts to the animation industry. For further information on Associate Artists click here