Myself.


As a designer in theatre, I enjoy the element of play, and believe a performance should be just as interactive for the audience as it is for the performers. In my work I like to look at space, how it changes in a performance, how it effects a performance and try to incorporate it into the narrative as much as possible.

I am a hardcore puppetry and mask enthusiast. I have worked for theatre companies such as 'Pointed Arrow' and 'Hope Street Limited', as well as TV 'BBC Horizon' and most recently Music Videos. I like to experiment with different styles of puppetry, also fusing styles together. Most of my work is made from recycled materials as I think it gives a fantastic old haggard dimension to the work.

Friday, 14 December 2012

Hansel and Gretel Research Weekend!


On the 8th and 9th of December, a potential new theatre company (PROJECT THUNDER BUCKET) met for the first time. We were exploring the ideas behind the story Hansel and Gretel and discussing the design ideas I have already had for this project.

We spent the weekend developing ideas and concepts, trying things out to see if they were even possible and just generally just having a good play. 

Here are some images from the weekend of puppets that were made, games being played and projections taking over our brains.

We have all agreed that we will meet once a week in the new year to continue this experiment and develop a performance which we will then be able to tour. I am personally really excited about this new adventure which we are all taking together and hoping everything goes to plan!







Tuesday, 4 December 2012

More Portfolio Things!

After a long day in the workshop I have finally finished some more portfolio drawings. 
Now I just need to take some Professional Photo's of my work and I'll be ready to rock and roll with my new portfolio in hand!

New work can start soon horray!






I Am The One

I've just realised!

I never added a link to the final video of I Am The One!
So here it is!!

http://www.richardpetch.com/

Just go to the Gallery, and Videos!
It's right there, you can't miss it!

Friday, 9 November 2012

I See Me!

I have been asked to make another music video!

I'm very excited about it.

My initial idea was to have a Lotte Reiniger style animation video, but after coming up with interesting drawings and colours, I have decided for it to look more like her later work with colour.

Here's a sneaky peek at the storyboard and my drawings so far.


The idea is we follow the character around the city and she meets a dog and a few strangers on the way. She discovers they all look the same and are made from cogs and machinery. 
This frightens her so she runs away. Eventually she realises she is also made from cogs, but a different model! dun dun dunnnnnn


As with all of my work being made from recycled and found objects, I thought it would be really good to have the 'world' made from cardboard. This also creates a simple solution to recording the film as the parts can be used over again in different orders.

Here are a few ideas of how the strangers will look. Their eyes are made from camer lenses, similar to that from the film '9'.




Portfolio Idea

After having a meeting with Angela Chappell from the Arts Council on Monday, I have decided to try and develop my portfolio a little more, and take it in a different direction which I have been doing. This is annoying as I have spent many hours sat designing and making various parts of it, but if it will look better and get me more work, it will be worth it!

. Here are the beginnings of some costume drawings for The Lost Games of Liverpool. I'm going to finish them off today!




Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Liverpool Lantern Day 7: Day of Parade!

Today has been really long. We were constantly worried and fearful about the rain! But luckily there was no where near as much rain as forecast, only a slight bit of drizzle! The site was very gloopy, if you stood still for too long, you may have lost your boot! 

Although it was a huge confusing production, with many different companies coming in and participating, it was never as rammed or as confusing as it could have been!

My phone had run out of space by this time so I was unable to take as many photo's as I would have liked. Here are some video's of the projections by Delirium Lumens! They are pretty cool. I'm sorry for the sound quality, it was very loud and I was surrounded by young people being very excited.

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For more information on this parade and others look at http://lanterncompany.co.uk/
Lots of fun for everyone!

Liverpool Lantern Day 6: Rehearsal Day!

So today I've been going through the different things which I will be doing tomorrow for the big show! I was able to practice a bit of face painting. This is for the Fish Hearder Woman! I really like the idea of using stencils. To make this effect, we simply used some of the metal craft stuff as a stencil. Exciting stuff!


This is one of the other giant puppets. A heron. I was really interested by this unfortunately I didn't get a video, but it's movement was really realistic. The next is made from tube insulators and foam disks. So simple and yet so effective!


Here is the main giant puppet, all put together for the first time! I'm going to be the left leg in the performance! wahooo!


This is a close up of the skeleton puppet. It was made for a previous years parade, but it is coming out again! I am fascinated by joints, an old indoor hockey ball, which acts as a ball and socket joint. I especially like this type of ball as there are many places that you can join the skeleton to, and it has an awesome jiggle when the puppet moves!