Entering into our second decade we presented a dynamic and eclectic programme of Scottish and international visual and physical theatre, puppetry, object manipulation and animated film.

We collaborated with the Insitut Francais d’Ecosse to present the work of four-leading, award-winning French ensembles along with dynamic and challenging work and training opportunities provided by celebrated companies and artists from Belgium, Israel, Italy and the USA.

MANIPULATE has always supported the work and creative development of Scottish theatre makers, showcasing their work at all stages of its evolution. We saw productions created by Company of Wolves, Oceanallover and Ramesh Meyyappan, as well as a Clown Cabaret Special Edition. In our Snapshots and Testroom programmes we also highlighted the artistry and experimentation of seventeen Scottish-based artists and companies.

For the first time, all of our animated film screenings were presented together on one day, offering an immersive opportunity to enjoy a wide-range of eclectic contemporary animation from around the globe. As well as featuring dynamic abstract visual art in motion, festivals’ retrospectives, puppets to music and an audience-choice feature, we we’re delighted to welcome appearances and curated programmed by eminent international animators Alberto Vazquez and Ülo Pikkov.