Birthday Parties!!!!

Do you need some entertainment at your next birthday party?!

Why not enjoy the company of some wonderful interactive characters. Our latest outing was to a 5th birthday party held at King Weston House in Bristol.  25 young children aged between 3 and 7 were delighted and engaged by Andrea Delamico, Buster the Racoon and Pirate Percy and his tales of Treasure.

Combining games and creating a story that is inclusive this is a delightful and memorable highlight at any young child’s celebration.

 

DSC_6512 Pirate Percy flying to safety having received some helpful balloons from the audience members!

DSC_6493Buster was trying to get everyone to guess  what Racoons love to eat! Banana’s and cake were the best suggestions.

DSC_6071Having explained what he was after many guesses one small guest still thought he would make a good teddy bear.

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Andrea Delamico was discussing fashion and this young man’s choice of frames.

 

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Smoking Puppet Cabaret @ Shambala Festival

As the lights go down and the curtain falls, something strange is happening at Shambala Festival – a wondrous tent packed full of puppets will be entertaining you by day and by night! Now in its 3rd year, fresh from rip-roaring outings at Bristol Festival Of Puppetry and The Wardrobe Theatre, The Smoking Puppet Cabaret will host twisted puppetry, eclectic sounds and off-beat humour for your pleasure!

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My first year as the Area Manager for the Puppetry Tent at Shambala 2013 was an incredible challenge. Four days of Puppetry filled mayhem featuring over 13 companies who performed at different times of the day.

From the Insect Circus by String Theatre with their trick victorian marionette; to Greedy Boy by Dark Squid a shadow puppetry musical to hand shadow wizard, Finger and Thumb with Peter and the Wolf. For adults we brought along the dark and twisted Oedipus in Boots by the Wardrobe Theatre collective and Headstrung Cabaret.

The highlight of this experience was bringing together a varied mix of puppetry style to a festival audience who would otherwise have little or no exposure to puppets. The tent was packed to the hilt for every showing and featured both family shows that alternated over the festival with a different adult cabaret every night. Come and see what we do at Shambala 2014 !

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#L_VE Hangman

L_ve Hangman is a live interactive gameshow experience brought to you by Mufti a theatre company, they specialise in large interactive games.

I was approached last July by their Artistic Director Malcolm Hamilton to design and make the Hangman booth, letter boards and humanett style puppet body for their production.  Hangman has since featured at Mayfest and Shambala Festival. It was a huge success with the public who discovered that they sometimes want to win but loosing can be just as fun!

 

Mufti Theatre Comapny

 

Performing at Shambala Festival 2013

 

 

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Teaching at NODA 2013

Built in 2 hours and coordinated in 1 hour the team learned to bring this beast to life

Built in 2 hours and coordinated in 1 hour the team learned to bring this beast to life

Lip syncing and comedy

Lip syncing and comedy

NODA who provide professional support for amateur theatre http://www.noda.org.uk performance

NODA who provide professional support for amateur theatre http://www.noda.org.uk performance

NODA Summer school at Warwick University is where professionals teach amateur companies who want to polish or train in new skills.  Last year students requested a course in Puppetry.  As the puppetry tutor I spent a week teaching a group of 13 adults aged between 30-60 how to puppeteer. We started with the very basics of object manipulation proceeding to more sophisticated multi-person operated puppets. Students also learn about fabrication of very simple puppets for workshops with younger amateur youth groups. It was an intensive learning environment with a very dedicated group of students. We created a performance based on the skills they had developed to share as part of a showcase at the end of the week.

 

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Smoking Puppet Cabaret 2013

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Oedipus in Boots performing at the Smoking Puppet Cabaret tent, Shambala Festival 2013.

Having curated and managed this years Puppetry tent at Shambala 2013, Corina Bona also performed with Blue blue Peter twice for the evening adult cabarets.

Our programme was fit to burst with appearances from The String Theatre’s Insect Circus; Finger & Thumb with their gobsmacking hand shadows;Croon Production with some moody retro comedy; ridiculous songs fromDark Squid’s musical Greedy Boy; puppet daredevils Noisy Oyster’s Dangerous Dave; and Mufti’s Hangman; and not forgetting the unhinged Headstrung Cabaret. Expect the surreal, shadows, shape-shifting, and laughter, plus a few surprises along the way as we flaunt puppetry’s seamy underbelly

 

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Starry Night

Directed Heidi Vaughn

Set & Costume Design by Katie Sykes

Assitant Designer Corina Bona

Donkey, Lamb and Camel puppets were designed by Corina. She supported Bristol Old Vic Prop making students to create them. All the puppets were made from ready made items like jumpers and duffle bags.

Corina also directed the puppetry in the piece and delivered workshops to teach the actors how best to use the puppets.

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Recently made Puppets for Theatre

Forest Forge Theatre

BORN by Lucy Sewill 
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Fawn puppet was made using steamed willow and natural fabrics to create a patchwork skeletal effect. Light and wonderfully robust these materials proved ideal for the function of this puppet.

Information for up and coming Puppeteers

http://getintotheatre.org/case-studies/article/corina-bona-puppeteer

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Punch and Judy Rebooted

Comedy Channel GOLD

Punch & Judy Rebooted

Over the Month of July and August I was contracted by Taylor Herring PR. to design and produce 10 modernised Punch and Judy Puppets for their Client UKTV GOLD. I did so with the help of Emma Powell/ Sculpt, Hanna Habermann/ Molds, Rosalind Marshall and Catherine Sweet/ Costumes.

“They are even better in the flesh!” UKTV GOLD

“Thanks for your magnificent work. I know the time pressure you were under and what you did was brilliant” Gary Lawson

Here are some images of how the making process was carried out.

If your interested in having puppets made please get in touch coribona@gmail.com.

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