About Blackcat
Indian Marionettes
The Ramayana
Puppet Workshops
Training in Puppetry
Shadow Theatre
Street Theatre
Previous Work
Educational Resources
National Curriculum




Black Cat Theatre, based in West Yorkshire does:

Marionettes - Shadow Theatre - Glove Puppets - Street Theatre - Table Top - Education - Indian Culture - Training - Workshops

The company was set up in 1985 by Diana Bayliss, a puppeteer/performer who travels widely to give puppet and shadow theatre performances, workshops and training.

All kinds of venues are catered for:-  schools, theatres, festivals, museums, art galleries, shopping centres, libraries, community and health centres throughout the U.K. and abroad.

Diana specialises in traditional and innovative shadow theatre performance techniques and has established an excellent reputation in education with her shadow workshops.

Inspiration from many years of working and collaborating with Indian artistes - puppeteers, dancers, musicians, artists -  infuses her work with Indian puppetry and mythology through which she aims, by encouraging an interest and understanding, to make the Indian culture more accessible.

Diana is experienced in introducing puppet theatre to many different groups of people from early years to the elderly and including special needs

Diana is also an experienced Iyengar Yoga teacher.  She is especially adept at teaching yoga to children with her storytelling skills and knowledge of the Indian myths behind the names of yoga postures.

Read Diana's full CV here