Two children's puppetry shows featuring Pips And Panda run during 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Modern puppetry shows combining computer animation with UV to bring style up-to-date for the electronic generation

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This article is from 2014.

Two Pips And Panda productions set for run in 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

There aren’t many children’s theatre companies who can claim to have entertained three generations of the same family. But if, like Purves Puppets, you’ve been treading the boards for 40 years, inevitably some of your earliest audiences will produce offspring – who enjoy the same things their parents did.

‘The main things that kids love don't change,’ says puppeteer Ian Purves. ‘Plenty of action, spectacular scenes, and characters they really identify with. We always bring the main puppets out to meet the audience afterwards, and often meet people who bring their children to see their favourites from when they were that age.’

Bringing two shows to the Fringe – Pips and Panda in Magicland and Pips and Panda Meet the Three Bears – Purves Puppets has forged its reputation on innovative Ultraviolet staging.

‘We started to experiment with Ultraviolet in 1965,’ explains Purves. ‘As a puppeteer, it sets you free – you can fly through the air or vanish in a flash. It fills the whole stage with colour and holds the children's focus. And now we are combining computer animation with UV to bring our style up-to-date for the electronic generation.’

South Leith Church Halls, 07896 051826, 30 Jul--12 Aug (not 3, 10), 11am (In Magicland), 1.30pm (Meet the Three Bears), £8.

Purves Puppets Pips and Panda meet the Three Bears

This article is from 2014.

Pips and Panda in Magicland

Purves Puppets Exciting ultraviolet performance for little ones aged 1-6. Entertaining children and adults for 44 years! Pips the monkey and silly old Panda journey to Magicland to find Twinkle, Mr Magic's cheeky rabbit! They meet underwater creatures, watch magic tricks and sing with the Music Man! Spectacular…

Pips and Panda Meet the Three Bears

Purves Puppets Exciting ultraviolet performance for ages 1-6. In this Pips and Panda show, they find themselves meeting the three bears: Daddy Bear, Mummy Bear and silly Baby Bear! Panda finds himself flying through the air with Goldilocks' kite and dancing with two frogs! Lots of laughter, fun and songs to sing along…

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