The Boy Who Cried Wolf opens at the Lawrence Batley in Huddersfield, adapted for a larger thrust stage, with a new cast.
Wednesday, 17 December 2014
I designed a sign for 'Whiskers' Milk Bar', using a mixture of hand drawn images and photoshop.
Once the sign was painted lights were installed.
I made matching menus that sit on the tables in the walkdown scene.
For Puss in Boots I designed a rocket built from old windmill sails and baking trays from the Windmill. This is built on stage to their version of 'Greased Lightning'. We replicated this in a smaller scale as well, which is seen during the UV ballet scene showing their journey through space.
Both had red flashing lights installed.
Small rocket made by Victoria Wells
This is the giant space squid puppet made for Puss in Boots at the Georgian Theatre Royal.
It had to pack down as flat as possible and rise up from the pit to its full size.
There were also two roach poles that extended out attached to two 5m long tentacles that could reach out into the boxes.
This is the original design sketch for the puppet, I changed it a little due to the materials used to make it, so it had more of a space robot look to it.
Tuesday, 11 November 2014
Sunday, 2 November 2014
To create the designs I used a combination of hand drawing on a light box, and photoshop to create flat bold shapes. The scale images have black outlines but the painted cloths won't.
Puss in Boots Set and cloths design
The design is influenced by 1950s fabric prints, illustration and adverts, particularly travel posters.
I have used block colours with sharp edges and no black outlines.
Monday, 6 October 2014
I made these two hand puppet swans for Jagrops, for the show 'Stick Man' designed by Katie Sykes.
They are constructed from plastizote, fleece, plastic, lycra, felt, cotton and buttons for eyes.
Thursday, 7 August 2014
I am currently working on the design for an Event in Exeter in August called:
'The Great Fete'
Which is based around a world war one recruitment fair.
Here is the first visual graphics for signage, posters and an identity card.
The Raree Man Peepshow cart is almost finished, I've painted all the text on the cart and finished all the signage, even the Royal peep is ready!
It's now in Dawlish ready for the rehearsals.
Here are some pics of the finished chicken costumes for '39 Days for Rosa'
Made for Jag props by me and Jill, with help from Debbie, Emma and Maddy.
Here is a few videos of Rosa in action:
Thursday, 26 June 2014
Saturday, 21 June 2014
I'm currently woking with Jagprops on two chicken costumes for a project called '39 Days of Rosa'
The brief is to create two costumes that will pack down easily for travelling through 21 countries, they also need to be light weight and as cool as possible in hot weather.
Monday, 16 June 2014
I'm currently working my way through the vast list of props for the Peepshow.
I adapted a new foot pump with some laser cut wood, varnish, paint and spraying.
The bell is also adapted form a recent antiques fair find.
I've recently been working with the 'Food and Theatre Company' on a 'Beetlegeuse' themed event.
I designed and made the decor for the main hall, and made a few other bits and pieces for the show.
I am making two marionettes for a puppet scene in the 'Raree man' peepshow.
I had an existing head that I thought would be great for the puppets so used that to create a mould for two new heads.
Tony Lidington, plays both the devil and the Raree man, as well as all the other characters in the show. The puppets also reflect this, by being the same puppet but dressed differently as the two characters.
I cast the original head using silicone rubber, then made a plaster outer to hold the mould securely. I cast the heads in fast cast, and painted with a range of materials, including a crackle finish to age them.
Next I will tackle the bodies, which will be a lot less work!
Tony happens to look very similar to the original Pelham puppet!