NEWS: Theatre-Rites Release Book to Mark 25th Anniversary

The new book celebrates the children’s theatre company and the work it has done in the last 25 years.

Paradise, premiered 2010, Theatre Rites, courtesy of Volker Beushausen.

Titled Theatre-Rites: Animating Puppets, Objects and Sites, this newly announced book offers a comprehensive history of the company’s work as well as celebrating the importance of collaboration and offers the first in-depth exploration of Artistic Director Sue Buckmaster’s practice.

As part of the 25th anniversary celebrations the company will also be be hosting a launch event in person and via a live stream on the28th July featuring a conversation between Sue Buckmaster and BAFTA-nominated actress Juliet Stevenson (Truly, Madly, Deeply; The Doctor, Almeida; Blindness, Donmar Warehouse). The event will also include rare footage of Houseworks, the production which put Theatre-Rites on the map, and a short film capturing highlights from the last 25 years.

Available to preorder now, Theatre-Rites: Animating Puppets, Objects and Sites reveals on how to incorporate
puppetry and symbolic objects as metaphors in theatrical work and aims to motivate and empower the next
generation of object-led theatre-makers.

Featuring original research ,this is the first comprehensive theorisation of Theatre-Rites’ creative process. It features detailed observations of their theory-informed practice, rooted in psychoanalysis and child development. Also featured are insights from their professional training workshops and in-depth interviews between the authors, Dr Liam Jarvis, Theatre-Rites board member and co-director of the Centre for Theatre Research at University of Essex, and Sue Buckmaster.

Talking about the news, Artistic Director Sue Buckmaster said: “It has been a privilege working with Liam over the last four years; we have talked politically, personally and playfully, and I hope that this rich dialogue speaks through
the book. It has been an honour to reflect on 25 years of Theatre-Rites and the part we have played in transforming people’s understanding of puppetry and challenging, thought-provoking theatre for children. There are still many challenges ahead for all of us in the arts community, but I hope this book provides a moment to celebrate all those who have helped us reach this milestone birthday. I am looking forward to our next chapter.”

Theatre-Rites: Animating Puppets, Objects and Sites will be available to purchase from £34.99 via Routledge.com, Amazon and most general bookshops, both online and in store, across the UK and the US from the 29th July.

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