Last chance to experience ‘Thunderbirds and Co: The Joy of Puppetry’ exhibition – closing 30 June

PUBLISHED: 10 June 2024

Time is running out to experience the enchanting world of puppetry at the ‘Thunderbirds and Co: The Joy of Puppetry’ exhibition at Colchester Castle, which will be closing its doors on 30 June. This wonderful exhibition has been running since 29 March, offering visitors a rare opportunity to celebrate the art and legacy of early television puppeteers, including local legend Joy Laurey and the internationally acclaimed Gerry and Sylvia Anderson.

The exhibition invites guests to step into a realm of nostalgia, featuring an impressive array of puppets from classic television shows. Highlights include Joy Laurey’s beloved Mr. Turnip puppet and iconic characters from Gerry and Sylvia Anderson Productions, such as the captivating Lady Penelope from "Thunderbirds."

During this exhibition, visitors can donate to Headway Essex, a charity supporting people with brain injury.
‘Thunderbirds and Co: The Joy of Puppetry’ is not just an exhibition; it is a tribute to the pioneers of television puppetry. Visitors of all ages have the chance to revisit the magic of these timeless shows and appreciate the artistry and charm that made them classics.

Cllr David King, Leader of Colchester City Council, said: “We have had a great response from the community and visitors. The Castle has also put on a sold-out concert celebrating the music of these timeless shows, demonstrating how the exhibition and its glimpse of the past has touched people in many ways. If you haven’t already visited, I urge you to go and see it for yourself, enjoy the Castle and all it can offer, to support a great local charity and celebrate a unique art form that touched the hearts of many generations.”

Don’t miss this final opportunity to explore the enchanting world of television puppetry. ‘Thunderbirds and Co: The Joy of Puppetry’ is a must-see for fans, families, and anyone with a love for the artistry and creativity of classic TV puppetry.

Page last reviewed: 10 June 2024


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