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Ken Haines founded his company On The Other Hand in 1985, but he has been involved in puppetry for over thirty years. He has worked in film for Jim Henson’s Muppets,
For the National Theatre, Mountain Giants, and Dragon.
TV work includes, Storytime, Watch, Words and Pictures, Breakfast Serials, Music Makers, Palace Hill.
Ken’s show for adults, Moving Tales, has been recognised around the world. He opened the London Mime Festival and has represented the UK at several prestigious festivals in Europe including Greece, Germany, Portugal and Belgium has been universally acclaimed for its great depth of feeling and excellent puppetry .
Eugene Lambert invited him to open the Irish International Puppet festival.
The Irish Times said “Haines’s fiercely expressive technique and repertoire of finely observed gestures and physical quirks create a compact Beckettian mini – drama with the kind of human resonance that a stage actor would be fortunate to achieve”
His workshops for children and adults are well known, lasting for half a day, to several days. He has tutored at the London School of Puppetry and at The Central School of Speech and Drama, and has run workshops at the Academie Remschied
He has worked for the Upstream Children's Theatre, Caravanserai and has performed and directed at The Little Angel, London. On a rather larger scale, Ken is also one of the plant operators for the musical
'Little Shop of Horrors', his last production being with Su Pollard.
The Usbourne Book of Puppetry is about his work with children