suspense launched in 2009, with the specific aim of celebrating the diversity of contemporary and traditional puppetry theatre work which dealt directly with themes of a more grown-up nature, as well as providing a platform for bringing puppetry to a new adult audiences. The festival won a Fringe Report Award for Best Festival as well as being nominated for a Peter Brook ‘Empty Space’ award.

In 2011, the festival grew to encompass 11 venues and more than 30 companies; and in 2013 attracted both performers and audiences from across Europe to shows at, among others, The V&A, Battersea Arts Centre, the Pleasance Theatre and Tristan Bates Theatre.

Conceived, managed and programmed from London’s leading theatre for puppetry, Islington’s Little Angel Theatre.