Pacino the Wolf is the biggest project I’ve taken on to date. He measures over 6ft long from nose to tail tip and is constructed mainly from MDF, Aluminum and Plastazote (a dense, polyethylene foam which can be both carved and pattern cut to make hollow forms). Pacino was commissioned by Jay Green of Oakham school for the Running Torch theatre company as the central character in ‘Wolves’, performed at 2009′s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
During my first meeting with Jay, we discussed the look and personality that he wanted from his puppet. Jay wanted a beast that was both beautiful, but with something weary about him that you couldn’t entirely trust. I asked, if the wolf was a person or character, who would he be? We both agreed that Al Pacino had that handsome but dangerous quality we were looking for.
Last summer I was lucky enough to have some very kind friends do a workshop with Pacino the aim of which was to demonstrate his capabilities at the hands of expert puppeteers. Many thanks to Ben Thompson, Mikey Brett and Iyestin Evans for bringing Pacino to life, to James Turpin for playing with him and to Chris Achilleos for letting us take over his garden to film it.
Pacino in rehearsals for Running Torch Theatre company’s ‘Wolves’ in Edinburgh.