Thursday, 24 December 2015

Forgotten Puppets Day 24...



Cio Cio San, from Madam Butterfly

English National Opera, 2005
Puppet designed by Nick Barnes
Original puppeteers: Mark Down, Nick Barnes, Finn Caldwell, Giulia Innocenti




Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Forgotten Puppets Day 22...



Dog from Real Man 
as part of the Firsts programme at the Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House, 2007

Puppet designed by Nick Barnes
Puppeteers: Ben Thompson and Mhairi Steenbock


Monday, 21 December 2015

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Forgotten Puppets Day 20...


Rabbit, from Call of the Wild
The Central School of Speech and Drama, 2010

Puppets designed by Nick Barnes
Performed by BA (Hons) Acting students with design and make
assistance from BA (Hons) CDT and the BATP Puppetry Course  


Saturday, 19 December 2015

Forgotten Puppets Day 19...






Angus 
from Angus, Thongs and Even More Snogging
West Yorkshire Playhouse, 2012

Puppet designed by Nick Barnes

More about Angus, Thongs and Even More Snogging

Friday, 18 December 2015

Forgotten Puppets Day 18...


Elizabethan Man & Woman, from Be Safe
as part of the BP Shakespeare: Staging the World exhibition
British Museum, 2012

An introductory talk by the Puppet Processing Department for Health & Safety

Performed by Nick Barnes, Mark Down, Sean Garratt, Jess Mabel Jones




Thursday, 17 December 2015

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Forgotten Puppets Day 16...


Martin, from Martin's Wedding
London International Mime Festival, 2004

Puppet designed by Nick Barnes




Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Forgotten Puppets Day 15...


Behemoth, from The Master and the Margarita
Complicite 
National & International Tour, 2011
Puppet designed & made by Nick Barnes



Monday, 14 December 2015

Forgotten Puppets Day 14...


Bear & Cat Plastazote Prototypes
for His Dark Materials
West Yorkshire Playhouse, Birmingham Rep & National Tour, 2009


Puppet Makers: Nick Barnes, Billie Achilleos, Paul Vincett

More about His Dark Materials

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Forgotten Puppets Day 13...


The Dog, from A Dog's Heart
Complicite, ENO, DNO, 2010



Puppet designed by Nick Barnes

Puppeteers: Robin Beer, Finn Caldwell, Josie Daxter, Mark Down

More about A Dog's Heart

Friday, 11 December 2015

Forgotten Puppets Day 11...


Professor Hilary/Charrington, from 1984
Battersea Arts Centre, London, 2009

Puppet designed by Nick Barnes
Puppeteer: Henry Maynard


This puppet was originally made for 'Danny 306' at the Traverse Theatre with David Greig. 

More about 1984

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Forgotten Puppets Day 10...


Father, from Kommilitonen! 
Royal Academy of Music London & Julliard School of Music, New York, 2011

Puppets designed by Mark Down
Puppet made by Greta Schuckert

More about Kommilitonen! 
 

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Forgotten Puppets Day 9...



Patrick, from The Puppet Monologues
Lighthouse Centre for the Arts, Poole


Puppet made by Nick Barnes

Puppeteered by Sean Garratt

More about The Puppet Monologues

Monday, 7 December 2015

Forgotten Puppets Day 8...


Ogre, from El Gato Con Botas
The New Victory Theatre, New York

Collaboration with Tectonic Theater Project & Gotham Chamber Opera
Puppets designed by Nick Barnes
Puppeteers: James Ortiz (head), Teddy Yudain (body), Marta Mozelle Macrostie (right arm), Joe Gallina (left arm), Jessica Scott (legs)

More about El Gato Con Botas
 

Forgotten Puppets Day 7...


Hopping Hoopoe Bird, from The Magic Flute
Bregenz Festival, 2014
Designed by Mark Down
Made by Nick Barnes
Puppeteered by Sean Garratt

More about The Magic Flute

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Forgotten Puppets Day 6...


Real Man Head & Hands, from The Heads
Soho Theatre, as part of the London International Mime Festival, 2013

Puppeteers: Sean Garratt, Irena Stratieva, Mark Down, Nick Barnes

More about The Heads


Saturday, 5 December 2015

Forgotten Puppets Day 5...


Puppet John Cleese, from Holy Flying Circus
BBC film about Monty Python making the Life of Brian, 2011

Designed by Nick Barnes & Mark Down

Puppeteers: Sarah Calver, Ivan Thorley, Sean Garratt, Mark Down, Nick Barnes, Avye Leventis 

Friday, 4 December 2015

Forgotten Puppets Day 4...


Fish, from Arhat Taming the Dragon

 Butchers, Dragons, Gods, and Skeletons: An Exhibition of Film Installation by Philip Haas, Kimbell Art Gallery, 2009

Puppet designed by Nick Barnes

More about Arhat Taming The Dragon 

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Forgotten Puppets Day 3...



Anak
from Faeries
Royal Opera House, 2008

Designed by Nick Barnes
Head Puppeteer: Mhairi Steenbock
More about Faeries 

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Forgotten Puppets Day 2...



The Golden Monkey
from
His Dark Materials
West Yorkshire Playhouse, Birmingham Rep & National Tour, 2009

Designed by Nick Barnes
Puppeteer: Ben Thompson
Made by Nick Barnes, Paul Vincett & Billie Achilleos

The Golden Monkey is the daemon of Mrs Coulter, the arch-enemy of Lyra.

More about His Dark Materials

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Advent Calendar of Forgotten Puppets Day 1...


'Space Man' Mark, from On Emotion
Soho Theatre, 2008


Puppet designed & made by Nick Barnes
Puppeteers: Mark Down, James Wilby, Caroline Catz, Rhian Blythe



December's Puppet of the Month - Rev. Terry

What are you made of?
I have a fabric body with a skeleton structure and foam hands. My head is carved from Styrofoam set with jesmonite, with a moving mouth mechanism.

What show are you from?

I was made in Jan 2015 for Citizen Puppet.

Who were you in the show?
I started life as a hippie spiritual guidance counsellor but ended up as a Puppet Reverend, traumatised by my experience in the 'Nam...

What are your favourite hobbies?

Bingo, watching Poldark, and hosting a bimonthly 'it's a knockout' style assault course on the village green.

What have you been up to recently?

I've been growing a variety of moustaches for 'Movember'. See the pictures on Blind Summit's Facebook page.

And since it's nearly Christmas, what do you hope to get from Santa?
A box of wine and the Downton Abbey board game...