Thunderbirds and Co: The Joy of Puppetry

29/03/2024 - 30/06/2024

Colchester Castle

Included in admission

Suitable for Everyone

Exhibition, History

About this Event

Embark on a nostalgic journey through the enchanting world of puppetry with our exhibition, Thunderbirds and Co: The Joy of Puppetry. Running from 29 March to 30 June, this exhibition is a celebration of the art and legacy of early television puppeteers, including local legend Joy Laurey and the renowned Gerry and Sylvia Anderson.

Step into a realm of nostalgia with puppets from classic television shows. The exhibition features a diverse collection, from Joy Laurey’s beloved Mr Turnip puppet to your favourite Gerry and Sylvia Anderson Productions characters, including the captivating Lady Penelope.

Thunderbirds and Co: The Joy of Puppetry is more than an exhibition; it’s a tribute to the pioneers of television puppetry and an invitation to revisit the magic of these timeless shows. Suitable for visitors of all ages, this exhibition is a must-see for fans, families, and anyone with a love for the artistry and charm of classic TV puppetry.

This event is appropriate for ages 6+

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A stylised white line drawing of a face in profile is centred on a deep blue background. The face is depicted by a pair of hands framing the features, with fingers representing the contours of the face, including the brow, nose, lips, and chin. To the right of this image, the words "Headway Essex" are written in bold, white, capitalised font, increasing in size from top to bottom. The design is minimalist, using negative space effectively to suggest the facial features within the hands.

This exhibition and events will be supporting Headway Essex



This event is included as part of Castle admission.

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