Part of ‘Virtual Black Out: Experiments in the Future of Form’ Exhibition, a Virtual National Arts Festival supported project between POPArt and Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival. “The Lonely Sailor” was a digital performance; an exploration of amphibious living. The piece was designed to be viewed in video.
“The Pony Club at the End of the World” is a suitcase show about the apocalypse featuring portentous poetry, rubbish juggling and sinister show jumping. Edie live-streamed a scratch performance as part of Beverley Puppet Festival 2020, and will be making a film version for Folkestone Puppet Festival’s Youtube Channel. She is hoping to perform it live soon!
“Dragon” is a new work of puppetry, developed over 5 weeks by William Steele (UK) and Chloe Flockart (AUS). Will and Chloe challenged themselves to create a work that was fully puppets- no seen performers, blending puppetry, projection and live music. “Dragon” explores themes of power, and the weight of responsibility, and should be touring the UK in 2021.
“El Recetario” is the result of a wonderful project Almudena created alongside the puppet maker Pili de Grado and a group of students with special needs . Over 10 weeks, the group worked acquiring making, performing and writing skills focusing on the language of shadow and object theatre. It was a fun and unforgettable experience that concluded in a heartbreaking play of 35 minutes.
Watch the video here.
Back in Winter 2019 Sarah was lucky to receive a DYCP (Develop Your Creative Practice) grant from Arts Council England. With the support of the grant, Sarah has used the lockdown period to develop her skills as a woodcarver and marionette maker, creating puppets for a new show called ‘Flying with Strings‘.
“Angelo” was directed by Sarah Wright, and cast five curious alumni in the seven-strong cast (along with two curious tutors!) It was a remount of a Little Angel Theatre production from 1974, that was originally directed by John Wright. It was performed at Little Angel Theatre, Islington, as their Christmas production in 2018.
“RAT” toured in early 2020. It was a reimagining of The Pied Piper of Hamelin through live music and shadow puppetry. Ailsa designed and made the visual component of the show, before puppet directing and performing on tour. Nix Wood, another curious alumnus, joined the project as second puppeteer.
“Avocado” is a short stop-frame animation Elspeth made for a project called Phone Fictions by the theatre company Visible Fictions. Artists from around Scotland were commissioned to a make a 1-2 minute film on their phone inspired by life during lockdown. Elspeth was inspired by her millennial lunch habits and a desire to keep up puppet carving at home.
MAPU is an International Puppetry Festival that takes place in Piazzola Sul Brenta in Italy each year. Now in its 5th year, it was due to take place 8th-10th May 2020. As a result of Covid-19, the decision was made to postpone the festival to the 9th-11th October. In May, an extra digital edition of the festival took place with online contributions from different artists. Shows, workshops and live streams were hosted on the MAPU Facebook page, and are available in perpetuity on the MAPU you tube channel.
Hugh is working on a few puppet projects from his flat, using green screen, and is in talks with some production companies about making YouTube content during and after lockdown. This is a shot from ‘Welsh with Woe’ (and the puppet is Griff the Sheep!)
Otherstory are developing a new project. During lockdown, they have completed an online R&D using Zoom. This photograph is from the development, investigating how to portray the group protagonist for a new show about a very early windmill co-operative.