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, 27 September 2010

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Huddersfield Theatre Festival

I have been accepted to put my work in the Huddersfield Theatre Festival (2nd October).

I have decided to display my ideas and designs for the Sweeney Todd Production which I pitched to The National Youth Music Theatre back in May.
Although they did not take me on as their Associate Designer they really liked my ideas and told me to pursue this style of work. I feel this particular design fully displays my potential and therefore is the best candidate to put into this exhibition.

Lets Get Working!

Workshop with Pointed Arrow.

As I am designing and making the puppets for Pointed Arrow's production of 'The Crossing' (7-9 October), I was asked to run a puppetry workshop with the cast members to take them through the techniques which puppeteers use to help with their focus and training. This consisted of games and exercises to help develop these vital skills.

We then went on to make newspaper puppets and use these new found skills to make them interact and perform sequences.

Overall the workshop was a success and I gained a lot of confidence in running a puppetry workshop for adults. Hopefully the cast members of Pointed Arrow will continue to practice with these exercises in their rehearsals and workshops.

Chapel Allerton Arts Festival.

The long awaited festival parade finally took place yesterday and was a fantastic success. All those early mornings and running around in schools became worth it! There was one hour of madness as each child came to find the puppet they made, even though most of them couldn't remember which colour it was! They all really enjoyed themselves.

It is a huge shame that it is all over, but soon I am sure we will all start planning next years huge parade!

If you want to read more of the process

The rest of the festival events