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Another outing for these Dogs at The Theatre Royal, Nottingham.group photo dogs 6.4.19 2

Some of the gang of dogs made last year for the First Nottingham Puppet Festival, made and animated by a group of  theatre enthusiasts (Theatre Royal Creative Learning Dept.). Lots of fun and mischief was had by all, puppeteers and audiences alike.

Saturday  6th April 2019.  T.R.C.H.

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When the Clown meets the Mask ????                           ‘PLAY” taking pleasure in an activity.

Saturday 23rd March 2019  at ‘Playworks’ Nottingham

Angela Hayes and Amanda Scofield, who are ‘the red herrings’   joined me, Stephen Jon Mask-Maker to play and share skills and experiences. This is continuing action research into the links between Comedy,  Clown and Mask.  We invited 11 associates from the physical theatre world to join us in this exploration.                                                               We payed specific  reference to:                                                                                                Safety and Play: our professionalism and experience makes us safe.    The mask and noses contribute by defining the ritualised space/ the play space/ the safe space /the theatrical space, where anything can happen.                                                                                                          Ensemble: The Individual and the Herd. Looking at how we establish and maintain trust and awareness of our co-conspirators. So much pleasure in playing in a gang.      Character and non-naturalistic theatre. A magnifying glass onto real /authentic expressions of relationships and emotion.

Release        Access         Pleasure         Improvisation           Visceral         Transgress

Clown           Mask            Play                 Embodiment             Naivety           Freedom

Some of the masks, we used. Noses, Quarter Masks, Half Masks and Full Face Masks

We want to do more of this ……..  What will come next ?  …….

Now fully painted and photographed  in action

Following last Saturday exploring with professional chums and finding some character within these masks.                    Looking for the pleasure in our action and finding  Play.

Photographs with many thanks to Mark Curwood and for a fun morning of reflection and laughter.                                                                                                      To be continued.

Today has seen the Official Launch of the Nottingham Puppet Festival. At last we can go public with this after two years of planning.  This is a collaboration between Theatre Royal Concert Hall (Nottingham) City Arts Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University (Theatre Design Department). I have been acting as an advocate for independent artists within these organisations and will be facilitating a group to make and activate a pack of  puppet dogs.          Here are some images of the launch today at the Concert Hall.

Just a few of the puppets that were seen today, including our new ‘Maid Marion’ on her horse,  who has been made especially for the festival as our mascot by Alison Duddle.

The Main Festival will take place fromThursday  22nd March till  Sunday 25th March

Check out  nottinghampuppetfestival.co.uk  for information on events and opportunities.

As part of “OutMask’, Prosopon are exploring and rehearing for a Commedia Dell ‘Arte inspired ‘Cabaret’ style show. Mentored by Didi Hopkins we have now taken our experience and skills into the devising  of ‘Lady WerthaChat’s Quadrille’ or ‘For every Master, a Servant’.

To be premiered at City Arts, Nottingham, friday 18th March 2012.    In the spirit of Commedia this will be a rough-hewn entertainment, full of topical and local jokes.

Theatre of the people and for the people.