Event Information

FREE | Terrace | 45 min sessions 

The Bewonderment Machine is an artist-built cycle-powered carousel, a kinetic public sculpture and a magical journey for small children.

Visually, this is a quirky dreamscape, combining found objects, puppetry, machinery and music. With riding space for up to 10, this is also a miniature theatrical flight of the imagination, empowering the very young to care, to be curious and to believe in their own strength.

The Bewonderment Machine is a joyful call to re-wild our imaginations, and a celebration of the creatures that are increasingly losing their familiar place in our children’s lives and in their language. The Bewonderment Machine has been created with the support of WITHOUT WALLS.


A Bird in the Hand Theatre is a puppet and mask theatre company based in West Yorkshire, combining the skills of artist Alison Duddle and puppeteer Mark Whitaker. Other shows include Special Delivery, a delightful wordless show about a kind-hearted bike-riding postman.

Alison is a freelance puppet and mask maker and director. She designed and directed numerous shows for families including Red Riding Hood, Storm in a Teacup and Little Leap Forward during her time as joint Artistic Director of Horse + Bamboo Theatre. Alison has worked most recently with Handmade Parade, CBBC, the Dukes and 20 Stories High. Mark Whitaker has been a puppeteer since 1989. He has worked with companies including Norwich Puppet Theatre, Little Angel and Thingumajig Theatre. He has also spent time in a galaxy far, far away as a Creatures Operator in the latest Star Wars films.

The Bewonderment Machine is made in collaboration with Visual Artist and Found object whisperer Weston Hammond, engineer and kinetic sculptor Ian Broscomb and bicycle-powered performer Frances Merriman.

More information about the company is available on their website.

Dates & Times

  • Sat 17 August
    12:00pm
  • Sat 17 August
    1:30pm
  • Sat 17 August
    3:00pm
  • Sun 18 August
    11:00am
  • Sun 18 August
    12:00pm
  • Sun 18 August
    1:30pm