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September to December Update

Having survived and thoroughly enjoyed one of my busiest summers, I have moved into a productive autumn/winter season.

Thanks to Puppet Place I was selected to be part of The Puppetry Steering Group who are carrying out an inquest into how to improve the standard and quality of training and performance in puppetry in England. So far we have met twice and involved some of the countries leading groups in supporting development in puppeteers. details to follow.

Muppits Die Hard

I am currently performing in The Wardrobe Theatre’s annual Christmas production Muppits Die Hard. We are having incredible success having received our Arts Council Grant and fully sold out our extended run, from the 10th December until the 17th of January.  I also had the priviledge of making some of the classic characters for our cast with the help of Alex Hykel

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We have had lovely reviews and interviews, links to be posted shortly

Commissions

After the success of my previous work for them making a Fawn puppet this Christmas I was asked to make a Unicorn puppet by Forest Forge Theatre for their production of Stardust.

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I have also been commissioned to make a five minute projection video using shadow puppets for a new musical called King Pit, by Stuart Bryson who recently had his show in the West End From Here to Eternity. This film is to be shown at a fundraiser gala evening held in February. More details to follow soon!

Below are some examples of black cut out silhouettes I have been designing.

 

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Summer Puppet Madness

 

A little Update of everything that happened this summer in reverse chronological order:

September 8th-9th-13th Montpelier Beanfest Procession Puppet Workshops

Thanks to the lovely gang at Coexist I was contacted to deliver three, 2hr workshops at Dolphin School Bristol, I spent two days meeting and creating six large procession harvest puppets with children aged 5-7. As you can imagine this is not without its challenges but the staff at this lovely local primary were super supportive and got stuck into making what will be a highlight of this years Beanfeast procession On the 13th of September. I will also be there on the 13th doing open puppet making workshops with anyone who comes along to the feast!!!

 

August 21-25th The Smoking Puppet Cabaret at Shambala Festival

The Smoking Puppet Cabaret tent, now in its fourth year, is crammed full of a mix of mind boggling, delightful, magical, unusual, immersive puppetry. As the tents Area Manager I have the honour of curating the tent, supporting acts to bring puppetry to a whole new audience. This year we had 12 different companies join us and deliver a fantastic magical knockout experience for festival goes! It could only have been achieved with the support of  the support of Shambala Festival, Puppet Place and the SCP Crew. For details of the Acts click here and some images by Nik Palmer of Noisy Oyster can be found below.

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August 12-13th Puppetry Workshops for Knightstar Productions Summer School

Having met Knightstarr’s founder Jackie Kenyon through NODA I was asked to deliver two days of workshops to her summer school for young people in Chichester. We had a great time making puppets and discovering two different styles of puppetry. With the 7-11 year Olds we created newspaper lip syncing puppets  and worked on improvisation and character development. With the 12-16 year olds we worked on Bunraku style Puppetry making our very own Bunraku style figures in newspaper, working on movement and observation. Friday when the Summer School Culminated the two groups performed for their parents to everyones delight.


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August 2-10th Teaching Avenue Q style puppetry at NODA Summer School

This was my second year delivering a puppetry course for NODA at Warwick University. It was a wonderful challenge to combine puppetry and singing, thanks to Voice Tutor Pam Rudge I was accompanied on this journey. It was a big ask to deliver the skills needed capture the characters of this larger than life musical. Our students coped well with the demands of learning, lip-syncing, rod puppetry, and twang (the American accent style that supports the voice of these characters. I was absolutely delighted with the efforts of the individual students and their enthusiasm to master this art form. We were lucy to have the support of Weinbergers who provided up with the actual touring puppets from the UK tour Avenue Q production.

To see what went on check out the gallery below.

July 28- August 1/ Detective O and The Cold Case Caper at The Wardrobe Theatre in Cotham.

A wonderful run with mixed family audiences, great participation and support! In October we will be releasing a short trailer video of the show so watch this space. If you want to see image from the show look at the gallery below

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July 23-27th Starry Skies Festival 2014 Fascinator and Puppetry Workshops

I was invited along to Starry Skies Festival. In it’s second year this was the highlight of my summer. Incredible life affirming families and kids who know how to play and enjoy nature. I had a blast teaching fabulous recycled fascinator making to people of all ages. The Newspaper an monkey puppet workshops were also a treat, reminding parents that just newspaper can make the best toys and play puppets for young ones.

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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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