The recent revival of interest in puppetry is celebrated in The Incredible Moving Parts Festival, which gets underway in Huddersfield on Monday (left). Mary Walker, the organiser, explains the inspiration behind the festival. "Puppetry can be really anarchic and it gives performers the freedom to experiment. In Eastern Europe under Communism, for example, it was one of the few mediums in which people could express themselves."

Meanwhile,in Huddersfield, the event's programme reflects puppetry's ability to appeal to all age-groups. For adults, there is puppet cabaret, including Creature Feature's A Recipe for Disaster, a spoof on the effects of genetic engineering. Among the highlights for younger audiences are Freehand Theatre's Norman's Ark, and Little Angel Theatre's The Many-Legged Musicians of Bremley Town. In addition, a variety of workshops includes one in which children are invited to create a giant and walk it around the town. Think puppetry, think big. Lawrence Batley Theatre, Queen's St Huddersfield (01484 430528) from Mon to 26 Apr