Puppets

 

Photo: Tim Matheson

At the moment I am working with Axis Theatre on a new show based on the children's book Cry, Heart, But Never Break written by Glenn Ringtved and illustrated by Charlotte Pardi. It's a story about learning to say goodbye to ones we love. There are a few photos showing the puppets in the first workshop. The clothes are not their costumes, they were picked up at a second hand store to give us something to work with.

 

As a puppet maker I have been designing and building puppets for many years for a variety of companies including Axis Theatre and Mortal Coil Performance Society, both of Vancouver. My puppet designs for the acclaimed children’s show The Little Old Man were nominated for a Jessie Richardson award. I have created puppets for a number of Mortal Coil shows, including Letters From Lithuania (with the wonderful puppet maker Tamara Unroe) and The Fairy Play at the Sharing Farm in Richmond B.C.

Recently, for Axis Theatre, I designed and built the "Mr. Hatch"  puppet for their adaptation of the book by Eileen Spinelli Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch. Barb Clayden and I won a Jessie Richardson Award for our work on Mr. Hatch. I built him and she made his clothes.

Most recently for Mortal Coil I've been part of the design team working on their 12 foot puppet.

Cry Heart
Cry Heart

Delight

Cry Heart
Cry Heart

Kasper

Cry Heart
Cry Heart

Leah

Cry Heart
Cry Heart

Leah and Sonia with Alexandra Lainfiesta and Sean Sonier

Cry Heart
Cry Heart

Kasper

"Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch"
"Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch"

Mr. Hatch with Jeny Cassady

"Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch"
"Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch"
"Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch"
"Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch"

Mr. Hatch with Jeny Cassady (behind) and Sarah May Redmond

"Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch"
"Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch"

Mr. Hatch with Sarah May Redmond, Jeny Cassady and Christine Reinfort

"Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch"
"Somebody Loves You Mr. Hatch"
Mr. Hatch with two friends
Mr. Hatch with two friends

The Little Girl and The Little Old Man from "The Little Old Man"

"The Little Old Man"
"The Little Old Man"

The Poster

"The Little Old Man"
"The Little Old Man"

The Little Girl, The Little Old Man and The Big Dog in performance.

"The Little Old Man"
"The Little Old Man"

The Little Old Man and The Mean Man in performance.

"The Little Old Man"
"The Little Old Man"

a performance shot

"The Little Old Man"
"The Little Old Man"

Two of the townsfolk in performance

"The Little Old Man"
"The Little Old Man"

Original clay sketch for The Little Girl puppet. This was a bit too wild.

"The Little Old Man"
"The Little Old Man"

Original clay sketch for The Little Old Man puppet

"The Little Old Man"
"The Little Old Man"

Original clay sketch of the big dog

"The Little Old Man"
"The Little Old Man"

The final version of The Little Girl puppet

"The Little Old Man"
"The Little Old Man"

The final Little Old Man puppet

Meh'k
Meh'k

Mortal Coil's 12 foot puppet on the Truth and Reconciliation walk

Giant Hands
Giant Hands

These are for Mortal Coil's 12 foot tall puppet.

Giant Feet
Giant Feet

These are for Mortal Coil's 12 foot tall puppet.

Studio Shot
Studio Shot

Working on some of the puppets for "Letters From Lithuania"

The Fairy Play
The Fairy Play

Flower Fairies onsite

The Fairy Play
The Fairy Play

A Flower Fairy

The Fairy Play
The Fairy Play

Bumblebees

The Fairy Play
The Fairy Play

fairy shoes being carved

Studio shot
Studio shot

During the building of The Little Old Man

Hands and Feet
Hands and Feet

For Carousel Theater's production of "A Christmas Carol"

Ghost of Christmas Past
Ghost of Christmas Past

For Carousel Theater's production of "A Christmas Carol"