ABOUT US

 

CAT'S PYJAMAS creates - for children, family audiences and adults - original work which draws on traditional and often undervalued popular forms of puppetry. The company is part of Punchinello's Puppets Ltd. whose directors - Mary and Glyn Edwards - both have extensive track records in puppet theatre, media and education.


GLYN EDWARDS trained as a teacher and spent time working in television where his most celebrated activities were as producer/director of the cult Saturday morning series 'Tiswas'. He also produced and directed the game show 'Celebrity Squares', directed episodes of 'Crossroads' and produced and directed the networked documentary 'As Pleased as Punch'. He has produced and directed for Central TV, Thames TV, the BBC and for Channel 4.

A former member of the Little Angel Theatre glove and rod-puppet team, Glyn is also a key performer of traditional Punch and Judy (and was described by The Times as "among today's leading exponents"). He has performed throughout Britain as well as in France, Spain, Greece, Italy, Russia, Dubai, the USA and Japan. His book "Successful Punch and Judy" is considered the standard modern handbook on performing the show.



MARY EDWARDS is the niece of John Wright - founder of London's world famous Little Angel Marionette Theatre. She toured extensively with her uncle's company in the UK, Europe and in Africa. She also presented the Tyne Tees television series 'Toycraft' which was based upon her toy and puppet designs and which led to her forming 'The Puppet Factory' as a company specialising in making puppets for TV and theatre. Her puppets for the ITV series 'Orm and Cheep' are still requested for exhibitions on the history of TV puppetry. Mary also created 'Crow' for the long running BBC Saturday morning series 'Saturday Superstore' hosted by Mike Reid and Sarah Greene and additionally made numerous puppets for BBC and ITV schools programmes including the BBC's 'Look and Read' series.

Mary's theatre credits include puppets for the Theatre Royal Stratford East, Teatr Clywd, Wales and for the Oily Cart Childrens Theatre Company. She is also celebrated for her traditonal carved wooden Punch and Judy figures - one of which was commissioned as a gift for the Russian puppet master Sergei Obrastsov. Since 1995 Mary has returned to live performance and running her own company.

 

KATEY WILDE is the third generation of her family to be involved in entertainment and puppetry. She has a Montessori International Teaching Diploma with several years classroom experience. She is also a former activity development worker for the St. Mungo Trust, recruiting and training volunteers to run art, drama, music, creative writing and keep fit activities in hostels for the homeless and rough sleepers including refugees and those with issues of alcohol and drug abuse, mental health and domestic violence.

A former member of the National Youth Music Theatre, Katey has performed with them in Edinburgh and at Saddlers Wells. She has been lead vocalist in two guitar/pop bands performing in London clubs. She also has extensive experience as a freelance puppeteer working for a number of companies as well as performing her own solo shows and delivering arts education projects featuring music and puppetry in a variety of schools. She is one of the foremost female performers of traditional Punch & Judy.

 

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