In August, I had the opportunity to attend the National Puppetry Festival in Storrs, Connecticut. One highlight among many was Elephant, a toy theatre show from Clare Dolan, my old friend and colleague from Bread and Puppet Theater. See http://museumofeverydaylife.org/ for more about Clare’s lovely work.
Since returning to Bristol, I participated in some research and development with Knowle West Media Centre and Ludic Rooms on their project, The Forgotten Toys Compendium. This fascinating work, created for Bristol 2015 Neighbourhood Arts Programme straddles the worlds of play, puppetry, hacking, tinkering and social/civic practice.
I am currently directing Hinged Theatre’s adaptation of Joan Aiken’s short story There’s some Sky in the Pie. Jacky Crosher (co-founder of Hinged Theatre) created the show, with funding from Arts Council England. “Sky in the Pie” is a new theatre show for young audiences. The story was adapted by Jacky and Adam Fuller and features physical comedy, a magical flying pie, puppets by Marc Parrett, sets by Priormade / Rebecca Prior, costumes by Abi Kennedy and original music by Paul Bradley. See it at Circomedia on 6th and 7th November at 3pm for more information, see http://hingedtheatre.co.uk/, or http://www.amyroseprojects.com/ or http://www.circomedia.com/