I had the pleasure of visiting the Jerwood Space in London for one of my latest commercial jobs, when actor Joe Richardson, asked me if I would photograph a puppetry workshop that he was holding there, and the rehearsals rooms to the gallery were the perfect location. Joe is something of an expert in using puppets in the theatre, having recently played the goose during the international tour of the National Theatre’s brilliant production of War Horse. The workshop saw Joe guide his delegates through some of the skills of puppetry. First using poles to make them aware of their own physicality, and get a sense of having to work intuitively as a pair or team. Later using scrunched up paper to make staffs and puppet people. It was fascinating to watch these papery stick-men come to life with thought, breath and movement. The attendees all thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and gained a great deal of knowledge and skill. It was great to see Joe in action during the training, whilst I captured images for his website. Joe is running further classes in the New Year, for more details on the tuition and workshops he offers visit his website here.
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