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22 September 2002  By Andries Loots

Handspring Puppet Company launched a brand new Website on the 18th September 2002, not only to celebrate their success over the last 21 years but also to increase their visibility on the internet.

Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler

Handspring Puppet Company was founded in Cape Town in 1981 by Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler. The company's original focus was the creation of new South African plays for children and for the first five years they toured educational shows to primary schools throughout Southern Africa. In 1986 they moved to Johannesburg and began work in children's educational television. Between 1990 and 1995 they produced Spider's Place, a multi-media science education programme with teacher development outreach. 

Their first international success came in 1991 with Starbrites directed by Barney Simon, which toured Europe and had a London season. In 1992 they began work with the artist, William Kentridge. Their first collaboration, Woyzeck on the Highveld won many awards in South Africa and was highly acclaimed at festivals around the world. Since then, the company has collaborated with Kentridge on several other multi-media productions. 
Handspring is now in its 21st year. A celebratory exhibition of their puppets, Episodes is currently on a nationwide tour, which opens at the South African National Gallery in Cape Town in December 2002. 

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