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.

Monday, 24 May 2010

I have been very busy lately.

I went for an interview for the position for the Associate Designer for the National Youth Music Theatre's production of Sweeney Todd. This was my first professional interview and so I was quite scared. The actual interview went really well as they were very interested in my ideas and designs. Unfortunately (for them) I didn't get the job as they felt my approach, although very interesting and unique, was not fitting for their production. I have had fantastic feedback from them about my work.

I have decided to continue with this design idea and make all the puppets and masks to see what could have been, and if it could have even worked. I am therefore attempting to make the mask for the character 'Judge Turpin' in between typing this. I will post up images of my designs and the finished products very soon.

My CRB check came through this morning which means I CAN volunteer myself in the workshops for the Arts Festival. The first one is tomorrow at St Michael's Primary School. I am very very excited. I have not been able to do workshops with kids for a while. I have to be there at 8.15 am! It's going to be a long day.

The First Performance of The Cheese Omelette,

We had our first performance of 'Omelette Du Fromage' on the 8th May as part of the International Student Puppetry Festival. It had many complications. The main one being that Sophie couldn't make it to the Festival due to illness. THEREFORE we were unable to play with the concept of 'Acting, Performing and Behaving', which was the main concept behind the performance. Bearing that in mind, the three of us that were left decided to throw caution to the wind and head to London to do the show anyway. It was very hard trying to re-choreograph the show from a three-man to a two-man production. The audience were asked to use their imagination a little bit.

As an over-all attempt to see what the show looked like and just play with being in a theatre again, it was a success. We got through it and went for a few drinks all cheerful after.

The festival itself was very exciting place to be. Although mainly filled with students from the Central School of Speech and Drama, it was still an extremely vibrant atmosphere with all the like minded people. We were able to watch puppetry performances from all over the globe. Highlights of these 'Sweet Dreams' by Little Cauliflower Theatre, 'The Story of an English Soilder' by a company from South Africa and 'Gradual Approach to a Marriage' by Astrid Kjaer Jensen for Denmark/Germany. I defiantly suggest looking these up.

Information on the Puppetry Festival can be found at

Photo's of the performance will come shortly.