One of the most amazing aspects of my work, is the creative puppet theatre projects I am involved with.
Puppetry has fascinated me since I first set eyes on Bagpuss all those years ago! That sense of magic and wonder, when inanimate figures or objects move, and ‘come to life’ in front of your eyes, captivates me. I know I am not alone. I watch the expressions of the audience, and witness that moment when the puppet shifts from being inanimate, to appearing ‘real’.
For over 6 years now, I have made puppets, costumes, set design work and props for Angel Heart Theatre, and Rattlebox Theatre, including a polar bear (above), a queen bee, a raven, walrus, anglerfish, jellyfish (above), penguin, amongst many others.
I love seeing how the character develops as I create each puppet, and I feel a relationship forming, that directs how their personality will appear through presence and expression. I also love creating costumes which help to bring out the character of the puppet I am making it for.
Puppetry, it seems, captures something truly magical, and takes you somewhere else, which feels undefinable, maybe because it engages our imagination so much and challenges our perception of reality.