Design, fabrication and performance of Puppetry for "Glutz", directed by Alison Reid, performed both at RWCMD and in the Jan Palach Square, Prague, as a part of the Prague Quadrennial, June 2019.
"Glutz", a family-friendly show written for the PQ, follows Czech teenager Eva as she meets the grumpy Count Glutz and his collection of magic statues that magically come to life when music is played.
Created in collaboration with Design, Stage Management and Music students from RWCMD.
Designed and fabricated in collaboration with Ruby Brown, costumed by Nikita Verboon, puppeteered by James Wallis and Flora Mealyou.
The titular character of "Glutz", Count Glutz was designed to be able to be easily worn by the lead performer for long periods, with his own legs being incorporated into the design.
Additionally to this, Glutz is built from a lightweight foam body, with a worbla head rendered using muslin and acrylic paints, and an elastane neck for ease of movement. The performers were able to bring life to his hands (and walking stick) by means of rendered gloves.
Perching Pigeon Puppet
Designed and Fabricated to sit on the shoulders of characters Tatianna and Glutz during particular scenes.
Composed of a foam body and a worbla head, featured a mechanism that allowed the head to move up and down in a comical fashion, mimicking the "bobbing" neck movement pigeons adopt when walking.
The feathered texture was created by hand cutting and sewing pigeon-coloured calico feathers onto a grey elastane base, with the feet made from felt pieces and chopped zip-ties.