The Silk Road 2008

‘The Silk Road’ project had its beginnings in the Sapporo Meets Buxton international exchange in 2007. It explored the historic trade route of silk from China to Macclesfield, a neighbouring town. The production followed the journey of three young people to China and back again at the behest of local mill owner Mr Ben Brassington. It incorporated puppeteering and acting, projection and light effects and dance and movement and was accompanied by a live musical performance by our in-house band ‘Shadowhouse’.

The project involved over thirty young people from a range of schools, backgrounds and a mixture of ages and interests. Our Youth Group was involved in script-writing, making puppets and sets, choreographing the dance sequences and directing aspects of the performance.

It was performed on the Buxton Opera House stage in the Buxton Puppet Festival 2008.

See more of our activities during the festival and pictures of ‘The Silk Road’ performance day here.

The project was funded through a National Lottery Awards For All grant.


Planning & Writing Workshops

Puppet-Making & Music Workshops

Dance & Choreo Workshops

Rehearsal Workshops