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.

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