March saw the centenary of women’s suffrage, so in keeping with our new female centred show Flux, we held an open puppetry workshop exploring manipulation of the female body. This lead us directly into the second phase of R&D for this show, culminating in work in progress sharings in London at Shoreditch Town Hall, and Oxford at OffBeat Festival.
Alf and Ben then made an appearance at the 10th International Youth Arts Festival, where we performed In Our Hands to a lovely home crowd.
Aside from shows we were also busy delivering workshops, and collaborated with Tunbridge Wells Puppetry Festival to work with people living with Dementia. Together we produced a beautiful shadow puppetry film which was screened in the Autumn, and again in 2019. This lead onto working with Gunnersbury Park Museum to deliver their ReCollection project, delivering dementia friendly activities for another lovely group, and of course, we were delighted to return to the Little Angel to deliver Spectrum Youth Theatre 2018-19.
We had a few commissions from other companies, highlights included performing and filming shadow puppetry for the Marysas Trio, building a giant outdoor puppet for Stories by Zenaida in Dubai, and creating and directing puppetry for Cornerstone Theatre’s Christmas Production of The Pied Piper.
In November we finished developing Flux, with a complete light up set, finished and permed puppet, and original eighties style score we premiered in London, Swansea and Oxford.