From the outside it does look a little like it's the circus with its striped awning, but inside it's an intimate theatre space - a floating, portable one that visits Richmond late summer every year.
Puppets need an intimate space, which is just what the Puppet Barge offers with it's 55 seats. This is a really magical experience only added to by the gentle bob of the tide as you sit watching, engrossed whether you're five or 50.
This year the main kids feature is called 'Brer Rabbit visits Africa'. Not a staple, but if you're familiar with this naughty bunny you'll be able to imagine what he might be capable of on the dark continent. He's there to visit his Grandmother, and of course doesn't manage to stay out of trouble for long.
The 'adult' show, which the Puppet Barge always offers, is the one that's often more unusual. There aren't a lot of puppet shows for adults, but it really is a medium with a lot to offer in the way of visual wonder and storytelling possibilities. This year they're doing 'Bottom's Dream', the Bottom in question being the one from Shakespeare's 'Midsummer Night's Dream'. It's based on the play but with variations, and is recommended for eight year olds and up.
Image care of the Puppet Barge Website
Brer Rabbit visits Africa is showing weekends at 2:30 between the 8th and the 30th of September. Bottom's Dream is showing in the evenings at 7:30 on the 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, 28th and 29th of September.
Tickets for both shows are £10 for Adults and £8.50 for kids.