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, 30 July 2010

Sweeney Todd Designs.

As Promised, here are my designs for the masks of the main characters from Sweeney Todd. The production (who didn't hire me) is on next week and I wish them all the best of luck!

Images From top to bottom:
Judge Turpin,
Mrs Lovett,
The Beadle,
Sweeny Todd Puppet Face,.

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Taking the Leap.

I spent last week in Rawtenstall taking part in Horse and Bamboo Theatre's workshops based around their recent show, 'Little Leap Forward'. It was an intensive week going through training, exercises and general playing with puppets and masks, to understand how they work as a company from idea to making/devising to show. I do not think I have ever learnt/moved/performed so much in my life!


The workshops were run by Loz Kaye, Musical Director and Mark Whitaker, Puppet Rigger. Together they took us through very specific training (Simplify, Refine, Exaggerate) while Alison demonstrated her methods for making the masks and puppets in the workshops.


This was a highly enjoyable week where I met many talented and enthusiastic people. I would definitely recommend this workshop to anyone wanting to work in masks or puppets, or even general performing.


Puppets and Masks made by Alison Duddle and Bob Firth of Horse and Bamboo Theatre.

Sunday, 18 July 2010

Giant Shark.


I have been working with Tony Wade from Faceless Theatre in two primary schools to make puppets for the Chapel Allerton Arts Festival, September 2010. Making the puppets, big and small, has been lots of fun and challenging. It can sometimes be hard to keep the childrens attention and find workshops that can work with all childrens skills and abilities depending on their ages. Here are some of the work they have produced.