A short film about making The Demon Mastiff in the Orphan of Zhao by the RSC with myself and Movement and Puppetry Director Will Tucket, film by James Ospray.
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The biggest puppet yet. This Autumn, The Royal Shakespeare Company produced The Orphan of Zhao – Directed by Gregory Dorian, Design by Niki Turner and Movement and Puppetry Director Will Tucket. Although Will and I hadn’t met before, I had worked on some of the puppets for one of his previous shows, Faeries.
The Demon Mastiff Puppet had some very challenging scenes. Four legged puppets are no walk in the park and actors Chris Lew Kum Hoi, Siu Hun Li and Joan Iyiola took up the challenge becoming puppeteers in but a couple of months! It’s incredible hard work and amazing to watch them develop into a great puppeteering team with Will. The Mastiff puppet undergoes a lot of strain in his violent scenes and it’s hard work to design a puppet to endure the action. (Video on it’s way soon!).
I had the delight of accompanying my animals to exhibit in Louis Vuitton’s Montenapoleon store during Salone Internazionale del Mobile. It is by far the most lovely time I’d had with the Louis Vuitton team and hope to revisit Milan for design week next year. The city is filled with creativity and must join in the fun!
Meet Sebastian, he is attention seeking sock monster. Likely Story asked me mock up their character for their production ‘The Locked Door‘, a children’s show for all ages about a girl who wishes for more than she bargained for. Likely Story have a wonderfully inventive way of bringing a story to life and I sincerely hope that The Locked Door gets the reception it deserves to gain the funding it needs to reach the next level.
I owe so much to Tom Phillips RA for encouraging me when I came out of university. He’s inspired me and pushed me to explore my skills, I don’t know how to begin to thank him. After assisting him to install his piece in The Club at The Ivy, he suggested that I design a piece for a particular space in the club.
Club rules prevent me from showing the full piece but I shall describe the idea to you. The piece was to be fitted to two downward slanting walls in the loft area of the club and I was asked to create something abstract to compliment other artwork in the loft. My aim was to produce a piece that used perspective and colour to make the wall appear more vertical and less imposing. I hand drew the design (the only way I know how), using perspective drawing then got the intricate piece lazer cut in birch ply. The colour has been created by collaging strips cut from magazines.
Another commission from Jay Green of Bedales School in Petersfield. My brief was to design and build a puppet of a young boy to be puppeteered by one person alone.
When I was researching for Jay’s earlier Commission of Pacino I came across an excellent boy puppet by Mary Robinette on you tube. This was the inspiration behind my boy puppet, which combined Mary Robinette’s puppeteering technique with puppet making techniques I had learned at Blind Summit.
The Boy was used in Jay Greens production of Shakespeare’s Midsummer’s Nights Dream at The Olivier Theatre in Bedales School, winter, 2010.