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 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.
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 http://www.studentpuppetfestival.com/
Photo's of the performance will come shortly.