The Search for Teddy Island: COVID-safe family puppet show tours to St Ann’s doorsteps

Date published: 25 Aug 2020

Posted by: Joe Pick

The Search for Teddy Island - A City Arts Production

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City Arts is touring a family friendly puppet show ‘The Search for Teddy Island’ to the doorsteps of St Ann’s residents. With theatres still closed due to the pandemic, the show offers COVID-safe entertainment to Nottingham families.

The Search for Teddy Island - A City Arts Production

‘The Search for Teddy Island’ tells the story of a teddy bear’s hunt for a home, the mythical Teddy Island. The journey takes them over land and sea. Along the way they meet strange creatures and have lots of adventures. The show is aimed at children aged 2-5 and their families. 

Puppeteer & performer for the show, Lauren Kinnersley, explains:

As lockdown eases lots of children will be worrying going on journeys they not made for a long time. Some will be embarking on new journeys, to school or nursery, where they’ll find new friends. ‘The Search for Teddy Island’ is a tale for these times. Families can join Teddy’s journey and we will learn to be brave together.

Performance of puppet show
Fish and teddy bear puppets

The doorstep tour was devised in response to the COVID-19 emergency. Great effort has been made to ensure it can be enjoyed in line with Government safety guidance. The show will address COVID safety directly. A bossy (but nice) stage manager character will be on hand to make sure performers and children follow the rules.

How to book

The show is free for families. It can be watched by up to five people at a time.

If you live in St Ann’s and would like a performance on your doorstep, please text your name and ‘Teddy Island’ to 07537416046.

A member of the City Arts team will get in touch with them to arrange a time and date.

Artist Bios

Lauren Kinnersley has worked with children in a pre-school setting, and loves using song, rhyme, storytelling and puppetry when working with young children alongside her nature connection work. She has extensive experience working with early years children through her work with Forest School initiatives.

Sarah West-Valsar is a participation specialist and associate artist with the Nottingham Playhouse where she delivers interactive sessions and sensory play workshops. Sarah co-created and performed in six tours of the early years ‘Story Explorers’ show funded by Inspire Libraries. She has been employed by Nonsuch studios to deliver creative play sessions for young people and their families.

Bryony McCombie Smith is a skilled designer, maker, puppeteer and performer. She has extensive workshop experience and has been working with City Arts for a number of years on puppetry, parade and carnival projects.

Izzy Hollis is a designer, puppeteer and performer who has been working with City Arts for a number of years. She has been involved in carnival projects, Nottingham Puppet Festival and has performed at City Arts’ Puppet Cabaret nights.


‘The Search for Teddy Island’ is supported by a grant from Small Steps Big Changes.

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