Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre

Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre The Centre is a unique place as an international centre specialising in mask, mime, puppetry and physical theatre. http://www.maskandpuppet.co.uk
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The Centre was founded in 1981 by puppeteer Malcolm Knight at The Garret, 39B Otago Street. It was registered as a Charity in Scotland in June 1985 as The Garret Mask & Puppet Centre Trust Ltd. In 1989 the Centre secured a 99 Year Lease from Glasgow City Council on a former cleansing department situated in Glasgow's leafy West End.

The Centre was founded in 1981 by puppeteer Malcolm Knight at The Garret, 39B Otago Street. It was registered as a Charity in Scotland in June 1985 as The Garret Mask & Puppet Centre Trust Ltd. In 1989 the Centre secured a 99 Year Lease from Glasgow City Council on a former cleansing department situated in Glasgow's leafy West End.

Operating as usual

08/05/2021

Some may be wondering what we are doing while being temporarily closed during the pandemic? The answer is refurbishing, renovating and preparing the way for opening our new museum gallery and shop in the Autumn. Watch this space!

This weekend's special shows on at Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre as part of the Glasgow International Comedy are: Pino...
13/03/2020

This weekend's special shows on at Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre as part of the Glasgow International Comedy are:

Pinocchio Sat 14 Mar @ 2pm - Following the grain (pardon the pun) of this classic story, an old clock-maker named Geppetto carves a little boy out of a block of wood, just as if it where a real boy and so begins the adventures of Pinocchio!

That's the way to Do it! Sun 15 Mar @ 2pm - Cheer to the juggling, join in with the plate spinning and laugh with Professor Clive at the best Punch and Judy show in town. See Mr Punch, Judy, the Baby, the Crocodile and of course the Sausages, accompanied by a variety of marionettes, and the sound of a traditional mechanical organ. That's the Way to Do it! "You were brilliant" Zoe Court, Warwick District Council.

Tickets/ Booking all Shows: https://www.maskandpuppet.co.uk/whats-on

Colour-in and cut-out masks and puppets available in our from 1PM! Lots of designs to choose from :)

Saturday's performance of Pinocchio in partnership with Glasgow International Comedy Festival is this Sat 14 March 2020 ...
11/03/2020
That's The Way To Do It! by Professor Clive Chandler

Saturday's performance of Pinocchio in partnership with Glasgow International Comedy Festival is this Sat 14 March 2020 @ 2pm.

Don't miss Professor Clive Chandler with Punch and Judy this Sunday 15th March at 2 PM, before that sells out too! That's the way to do it!

Colour-in and cut-out masks and puppets available in our cafe before and after the show from 1 PM!

Join us next weekend for The Emperors New Clothes on Saturday 21 March and a Mother's Day special of The Gingerbread Man by Banyan Puppet Theatre on Sunday 22 March too!

https://www.maskandpuppet.co.uk/events/thats-the-way-to-do-it-by-professor-clive-chandler

Cheer to the juggling, join in with the plate spinning and laugh with Professor Clive at the best Punch and Judy show in town.

This weekends show TheThree Bears by Clydebuilt Puppets Sat 29 Feb 2pm at the Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre  https://w...
26/02/2020

This weekends show TheThree Bears by Clydebuilt Puppets Sat 29 Feb 2pm at the Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre https://www.maskandpuppet.co.uk/whats-on ....and not to be missed a series of delightful shows coming in March to us.

Sat 14 Mar 2pm
Pinocchio by Clive Chandler
Sun 15 Mar 2pm
That's the Way to Do it! by Professor Clive Chandler

Sat 21 Mar 2pm
The Emperor's New Clothes by Banyan Puppet Theatre
Sun 22 Mar 2pm for Mothers Day
The Gingerbread Man by Banyan Puppet Theatre

Sun 29 Mar 2pm
Eggs on Legs by Garlic Theatre

We do hope to see you:)

Do you Love Magic? If so, don't miss Alex the Magician's Magic Show - Love Magic Sat 15 Feb 2pm at the Scottish Mask and...
13/02/2020

Do you Love Magic? If so, don't miss Alex the Magician's Magic Show - Love Magic Sat 15 Feb 2pm at the Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre.
https://www.maskandpuppet.co.uk/whats-on

Plus Craft Activity - Colour-in and Cut-Out Puppets and Masks in our Cafe before and after the show from 1pm. Lots of designs to choose from mermaids, sharks, butterflies, dragons, rabbits... all materials provided £1.50.

Up and Coming Shows This February at SMPC

Sat 15 Feb 2pm
Love Magic - Alex the Magician

Sat 22 Feb 2 & 4pm
Oscar's Amazing Space Adventure by Mousetale Puppets

Sat 29 Feb 2pm
Three Bears by Clydebuilt Puppets

We do hope to see you :)

All puppet and magic shows Feb - June 2020 can be found at https://www.maskandpuppet.co.uk/whats-onComing soon:Sat 15 Fe...
07/02/2020

All puppet and magic shows Feb - June 2020 can be found at https://www.maskandpuppet.co.uk/whats-on
Coming soon:
Sat 15 Feb 2pm Love Magic! By Alex the Magician.
Sat 22 Feb 2 & 4pm Oscar's Amazing Space Adventure By Mousetale Puppets.

Also Craft Activity Colour-in and Cut-Out Puppets and Masks in our Cafe around show times - see listing details. Lots of designs to choose from mermaids, sharks, butterflies, dragons, rabbits... all materials provided £1.50.

This weekends show the Magic Circus by Magic Den is now sold out.

All of this season's children and family, puppet and magic shows Feb - June 2020 can be found at https://www.maskandpupp...
29/01/2020

All of this season's children and family, puppet and magic shows Feb - June 2020 can be found at https://www.maskandpuppet.co.uk/whats-on
Coming up:
Sat 1 Feb 2pm Three Wishes & Little Bear - Pavla's Puppets
Sat 8 Feb 2pm The Magic Circus - Magic Den

Don't miss this weekends delightful showing at 2pm on Sat 1 Feb of Three Wishes followed by the story of Little Bear - T...
29/01/2020

Don't miss this weekends delightful showing at 2pm on Sat 1 Feb of Three Wishes followed by the story of Little Bear - The Magic Green Man grants the woodcutter and his wife three wishes, but they make some very funny choices...indeed! Then it’s bedtime but Little Bear can’t sleep because he’s frightened of the dark... don’t be Little Bear.

Plus Craft Activity Colour-in and Cut-Out Puppets and Masks in our Cafe from 1pm before and after the show with lots of designs to choose from mermaids, sharks, butterflies, dragons, rabbits and bears.....to name but a few, all materials provided £1.50.

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We hope to see you :)

This weekend at the Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre for Burns on Sat 25 Jan 2pm, come and see the true Scottish tale by ...
23/01/2020

This weekend at the Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre for Burns on Sat 25 Jan 2pm, come and see the true Scottish tale by Poppy's Puppets about Meg from the borders who got to marry the best lookin’ laddie from Selkirk! Tickets £5.95/6.50 https://www.maskandpuppet.co.uk/whats-on

Also Craft Activity Colour-in and Cut-Out Puppets and Masks in our Cafe from 1pm before and after the show. Lots of designs to choose from mermaids, sharks, butterflies, dragons, rabbits... all materials provided £1.50.

Come and enjoy this Saturday 18 Jan 2020 at 2pm, Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre's Jack and Billy - Lots of trippety-trap fun ...
17/01/2020

Come and enjoy this Saturday 18 Jan 2020 at 2pm, Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre's Jack and Billy - Lots of trippety-trap fun with the Three Billy Goats Gruff followed by Jack and the Beanstalk as Jack plants a magic bean! Clydebuilt have created a show with baskets and boxes that become a house or even a castle, just bring your imagination for this delightful show. https://www.maskandpuppet.co.uk/whats-on

Also Craft Activity Colour-in and Cut-Out Puppets and Masks in our Cafe from 1pm before and after the show. Lots of designs to choose from mermaids, sharks, butterflies, dragons, rabbits... all materials provided £1.50.

We do hope to see you :)

Our exciting new season of Puppet & Magic shows including; Comedy Festival, Mother’s Day, Easter and West End Festival D...
11/01/2020
The Magic Horse by Yugen Puppets

Our exciting new season of Puppet & Magic shows including; Comedy Festival, Mother’s Day, Easter and West End Festival Dates, starts here: Sun 12 Jan - Sun 21 Jun 2020
see https://www.maskandpuppet.co.uk/whats-on

We have a delightful season of shows ahead for you and a brand new brochure - Pinocchio, The Gingerbread Man, The Emperor’s New Clothes and Eggs on Legs, to name a few.

Why not book a birthday party? We provide the show party food, run the party games and give each child a party bag to take away. Puppet making workshop parties are great fun too, see https://www.maskandpuppet.co.uk/birthday-party

Our cafe is open from an hour before show times for light refreshments and children's colour in cut out puppet and mask, table craft activities.

Looking for gift ideas? Our online shop now has gift tickets and vouchers for that the special birthday gift experience to pop in a card or post. https://www.maskandpuppet.co.uk/shop

The Centre has displays of puppets and masks from around the world and free parking to the rear.

We hope to see you:)

Join Fingle and the Magic Horse on an adventure to find a princess...

Don't miss this weekend of event at SMPC as It's the Magic of Christmas by Alex the Magician Sat 14 Dec 2pm come and lau...
13/12/2019

Don't miss this weekend of event at SMPC as It's the Magic of Christmas by Alex the Magician Sat 14 Dec 2pm come and laugh with Cecil the Dog. £5.95/6.50 https://www.maskandpuppet.co.uk/events/its-a-magic-christmas-by-alex-the-magician and....and Colour-in Cut-out puppets and masks in the cafe after the show £1.50

Or have lots of festive family fun in our crafty Christmas workshop! Tickets left only for for Sun 15 Dec - 10.15am https://www.maskandpuppet.co.uk/events/the-great-christmas-puppet-making-workshop-2

We hope to see you :)

The Snow Child this weekend at SMPC - Sat 7 Dec 2pm by Pavla's Puppets https://www.maskandpuppet.co.uk/whats-on Also Col...
05/12/2019

The Snow Child this weekend at SMPC - Sat 7 Dec 2pm by Pavla's Puppets https://www.maskandpuppet.co.uk/whats-on

Also Colour-in and cut-out masks and puppets will be available in our cafe from 1pm before and after the show, (£1.50 all materials supplied) including Kings, Reindeers, Fairies, Penguins, and Masks for a Ball....Christmas is a coming.

When all was quiet, a childless couple went outside and made a little girl from snow. How they wished that she would come alive and be a daughter to them. In the morning, there is a knock on the door, and who should walk through the door but the little snow child... A poignant Russian folk tale. Pavla will give a demonstration at the end of the show to show you how to make your very own spoon puppet.

We hope to see you :)

Master of the Marionettes: The Life and Work of Waldo LanchesterA Biography by Steve CockayneThis publication is now ava...
28/11/2019

Master of the Marionettes: The Life and Work of Waldo Lanchester

A Biography by Steve Cockayne

This publication is now available to buy from the Scottish Mask & Puppet Centre website at:

www.maskandpuppet.co.uk/shop

Paperback Copy: £30 + P&P

Roll up! Roll up!  The Magic Circus is coming to town!  Magic Den will be performing this Sunday 1st December at 2PM, ge...
28/11/2019
What's On | Scottish Mask & Puppet Centre

Roll up! Roll up! The Magic Circus is coming to town!

Magic Den will be performing this Sunday 1st December at 2PM, get your tickets here!

Colour-in and cut-out masks and puppets will be available in our cafe from 1PM before and after the show, including our Christmas characters! Kings, Reindeers, Fairies, Penguins, and masks for a ball!

Don't miss Galoshins by Sokobauno at 2pm this Saturday 16 November 2019!Colour-in and cut-out masks and puppets will be ...
14/11/2019
Galoshins by Sokobauno

Don't miss Galoshins by Sokobauno at 2pm this Saturday 16 November 2019!

Colour-in and cut-out masks and puppets will be available to make in our cafe before the show from 1pm! Lots of designs to choose from! All kits and materials provided, £1.50.

Meet the funniest doctor in town... who is also partial to a wee fish supper!

Catch PC McKay with Talking Head Puppets this Saturday 9 November at 2PM!Lost dogs to missing wands, there's a mystery t...
06/11/2019
I Spy With PC McKay by Talking Heads Puppets

Catch PC McKay with Talking Head Puppets this Saturday 9 November at 2PM!

Lost dogs to missing wands, there's a mystery to solve! Can PC McKay find out what is going on? What’s happened to Randalph’s wand? Don’t miss Cheeky Robert and Ben in a Basket too!

Colour-in and Cut-out Puppets and Masks will be available in our cafe from 1pm before and after the show! With lots of designs to choose from; mermaids, sharks, butterflies, dragons, rabbits... all materials provided: £1.50.

Lost dogs to missing wands, there's a mystery to solve! Can PC McKay find out what is going on? What’s happened to Randalph’s wand? Don’t miss Cheeky Robert and Ben in a Basket too!

Why not join us on Sun 3 Nov at 12 noon for Dinosaur Detectives by Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre https://www.maskandpuppet.c...
30/10/2019

Why not join us on Sun 3 Nov at 12 noon for Dinosaur Detectives by Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre https://www.maskandpuppet.co.uk/whats-on you will still have time to head off for a nice Sunday lunch after.....but first follow the clues to the Dinosaur Bones in a journey of discovery, fun and conflict surrounding the first fossil finds of the Victorian era. Puppets, projection and shadow theatre create this fascinating world of dinosaurs. A fossil table will be available at the end of the show to study fossils – including Dinosaur Vertebrae and Dinosaur Poo… Loved by all! 5+ yrs.
We hope to see you :)

Join us tomorrow morning for our spooktacular Halloween puppet-making workshop!Cloaks & Broomsticks will start at 10AM, ...
25/10/2019
Cloaks & Broomsticks Puppet Workshop with SMPC

Join us tomorrow morning for our spooktacular Halloween puppet-making workshop!

Cloaks & Broomsticks will start at 10AM, get your tickets now!

Our afternoon magic show with Gary Dunn is now sold out. See Dinosaur Detectives with Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre next Sunday 3 Nov at 12 noon! Why not come and see a family show before heading off for a nice Sunday lunch?

Have a spooktacular time creating your very own witch or wizard to fly through the night sky this Halloween! Make your rod puppet from all our haunted bits and bobs and give them a name to take home!

Don't miss the last show and workshop of our MAGIPUP Festival. Come and see Plain Bob 2pm on Sat 19 Oct by Noisy Oyster....
18/10/2019

Don't miss the last show and workshop of our MAGIPUP Festival. Come and see Plain Bob 2pm on Sat 19 Oct by Noisy Oyster. Such a delightful show, you won't be disappointed and in the morning at 10.30am make and decorate your very own Caterpillar and Butterfly as seen in the show and take them for a little walk and flutterby.....! https://www.maskandpuppet.co.uk/whats-on

Colour - in cut - out puppets in the cafe from 1pm before the show all materials provided £1.50.

Noisy Oyster join us tomorrow for a wonderful weekend of shows and workshops! Friday 18 Oct 2019 10:30AM  SUPERHEROS & H...
17/10/2019
October Week Events | Scottish Mask & Puppet Centre

Noisy Oyster join us tomorrow for a wonderful weekend of shows and workshops!

Friday 18 Oct 2019
10:30AM SUPERHEROS & HEROINES WORKSHOP
2PM PLAIN BOB

Saturday 19 Oct 2019
10:30AM CATERPILLARS & BUTTERFLIES WORKSHOP
2PM PLAIN BOB

Get arty this October Week!  With three wonderful workshops planned, why not visit SMPC for a crafty day out!Join us tom...
16/10/2019
October Week Events | Scottish Mask & Puppet Centre

Get arty this October Week! With three wonderful workshops planned, why not visit SMPC for a crafty day out!

Join us tomorrow, 10:30AM Thursday 17 Oct 2019 for our CRAFTY PUPPET MAKING WORKSHOP!

10:30AM Friday 18 Oct SUPERHEROS & HEROINES WORKSHOP with Noisy Oyster

10:30AM Saturday 19 Oct CATERPILLARS & BUTTERFLIES WORKSHOP with Noisy Oyster

Tomorrow's Could It Be Magic Workshop with Alex the Magician is now SOLD OUT.

Join us tomorrow at 1:30pm and 3pm for a wonderful performance and workshop of Who Will Marry Miss Mouse? from our puppe...
15/10/2019
Who Will Marry Miss Mouse? Show & Workshop

Join us tomorrow at 1:30pm and 3pm for a wonderful performance and workshop of Who Will Marry Miss Mouse? from our puppeteer Colleen! A Japanese folk tale told with an unusual twist and, of course, a happy ending!

Miss Mouse falls in love with Mr Mole… Ahhh… but Papa Mouse has other plans! A show and puppet workshop combined; make your own mouse after the show with Colleen our wonderful puppeteer!

Gary and his cheeky side kick, Chico the Monkey, are back! Get ready for lots more monkey business and banana buffoonery...
14/10/2019
Monkey Business by Gary Dunn

Gary and his cheeky side kick, Chico the Monkey, are back! Get ready for lots more monkey business and banana buffoonery in a magic show that will have everyone laughing their socks off!

Catch Gary and Chico tomorrow at 2pm, Tuesday 15 Oct 2019!

Gary and his cheeky side kick, Chico the Monkey, are back! Get ready for lots more monkey business and banana buffoonery in a magic show to entertain and amaze all ages and have everyone laughing their socks off!

MAGIPUP FESTIVAL - Sat 12 - Sat 19 Oct 2019Don't miss our Family October Holiday Fun Festival - MAGIPUP - Magic, Puppets...
12/10/2019

MAGIPUP FESTIVAL - Sat 12 - Sat 19 Oct 2019

Don't miss our Family October Holiday Fun Festival - MAGIPUP - Magic, Puppets Shows & Workshops to entertain & delight. Coming next Sun 13 & Mon 14 Oct Mermarella - Cinderella of the Sea - 2pm & Sun 13 Oct Mermarella Workshop - 3.15pm by Indigo Moon Theatre https://www.maskandpuppet.co.uk/whats-on check out our jam packed week of events.

Book now for Oscar & the Lost City of the Inca's by Mousetale Puppets on Sat 28 Sep 2pm & 4pm at the Scottish Mask & Pup...
26/09/2019
What's On | Scottish Mask & Puppet Centre

Book now for Oscar & the Lost City of the Inca's by Mousetale Puppets on Sat 28 Sep 2pm & 4pm at the Scottish Mask & Puppet Centre. Plus extra craft activities in the cafe before and after the shows.

"When a school history lesson unexpectedly comes to life, Oscar begins a thrilling adventure to find his missing friend Bluebell in the South American jungle. In the lost city of gold, Oscar discovers a mysterious enemy who seeks the power of the legendary sun necklace...!" Tickets £5.59/6.50
https://www.maskandpuppet.co.uk/whats-on

“Mousetale Puppets never fails to produce shows which are spectacular, funny and engaging for audiences young and old. Thoroughly enjoyable and a magical experience every time." G12

Lively, vibrant shows, designer and performer David Stewart brings his adventure stories to life with charming puppet characters and glow-in-the-dark ultraviolet effects. His productions are well known for their vivid colour, catchy music and original songs.

Also Colour-in and Cut-Out Puppets and Masks in our Cafe from 1pm before and after the show, to keep the kids entertained and creative for a little longer. Lots of designs to choose from, mermaids, sharks, butterflies, dragons, mice, rabbits...£1.50.

We do hope to see you :)

SMPC What's On Children and Families Programme. Shows! Workshops! Halloween! Christmas!

You are warmly invited to join us for Doors Open Day 2019!  Enjoy a FREE show with Professor Clive performing the best P...
20/09/2019

You are warmly invited to join us for Doors Open Day 2019! Enjoy a FREE show with Professor Clive performing the best Punch and Judy in town along with the Crocodile, the Sausages, the Policeman, Mr Punch, Judy and the Baby, See a variety of trick marionettes, including a dissecting skeleton! Join in with the plate spinning and cheer to the juggling. Entertainment for all. That's the Way to Do it!

Show Times: 11am | 1pm | 3pm.
https://www.maskandpuppet.co.uk/whats-on

Join Centre tours and explore our creature workshops after each show! Visit our cafe for soup, home-baking and refreshments and the children can colour-in / cut-out, masks and puppets - lots of designs to choose from £1.50. Don't miss “Glasgow’s Wee Hidden Gem", and a Jewel in a box”.

Address

8-10 Balcarres Avenue, Kelvindale
Glasgow
G12 0QF

General information

SMPC operates a regular family Saturday Show programme between September- June accompanied by workshop and birthday party events. Schools, community groups and voluntary organisations visit on weekdays by appointment or the Centre provides outreach services to such groups. The Centre also offers two major touringe exhibitions for hire to museums & galleries in the UK and Ireland - "The Magic of Masks & Puppets" and "Behind The Mask". Craft commissions and advisory and consultancy services are also provided to theatres, film, television and the creative industries. Personae - Mask and Puppet Books is our online mail order book service to individuals, companies and festivals worldwide at: www.maskandpuppetbooks.co.uk

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

0141 339 6185

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Visiting companies (promotion and performances); masterclasses and workshops;professional mentoring and advisory services; special needs and learning support projects; CPD in-service training; craft commissions; family workshops; birthday parties; touring exhibitions; lecture-demonstrations; mail order book catalogue; research facilities; reference library and audio-visual collection; studio theatre hire; and museum collections.

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The Scottish Mask & Puppet Centre is a specialised Arts Centre with a studio theatre, museum, reference library, café and production & design workshops.

Visits to the Centre are by appointment, please contact us in advance by email to arrange your visit.

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