Designer, Director, Maker and Puppet Performer

A puppet fanatic since 8 years old.

For ten years in 1980’s John was deputy-director, maker and performer at The Little Angel Theatre in London, Britain’s most famous puppet theatre. Toured to international festivals in Europe, U.S.A., Scandinavia, Japan, Malaysia and China where he saw the best of contemporary and traditional world puppet theatre. Worked on puppetry for TV and film.

John trained in China in 1987, learning the secrets of an ancient form of string puppet carving and performing at Quanzhou Puppet Troupe in Fujian Province.

John founded “PuppetCraft” in 1990, which is now one of Britain’s top touring puppet companies, which has made 13 puppet productions and toured them throughout Britain, to Germany and Zimbabwe.

John has taught at Universities and Colleges, and has run regular puppet carving workshops for over 30 years. He has made puppets for TV and West End theatre productions.

He is acknowledged as a Master Puppeteer.

“John Roberts is one of the most talented members of the puppet theatre profession in Britain”.
Penny Francis MBE, General Secretary of the Puppet Centre, London.

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