Curious Soup Night

location Summerhall | 6:30 PM-10 PM Thursday 15 March 2018 (GMT)


John Fox and Hannah Fox of Welfare State International

This will be a British Sign Language Interpreted Talk

Please get in touch with us at if you would like to use BSL interpretation so that we can ensure that you have the best experience. Rachel Amey and Katie Smillie will be the interpreters for the evening.

Hannah and John will talk about the work they have created over many years both independently and with the legendary celebratory arts company Welfare State International (1968-2006) Their “puppetry” which has been incorporated into extensive performances and installations, often with participating communities, will include big and small scale puppets, shadow puppetry, animated films, whirlygigs and digital projections.

John Fox:_‘In terms of resources, words and materials used, celebration is something produced through constant negotiation with its intended participants – negotiation as both a political process and an epic journey to rebuild the necessary bridges between the domestic, the social and the mythic. It is a living theatre created not for an audience but for a community – and if no community exists it may be necessary to invent one.’ (Theatre Quarterly, August 1988)_

Welfare State International are brilliant at turning an audience of strangers into a community.’ (The Guardian, 1985)

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Summerhall Pl, Edinburgh EH9 1PL, UK

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