Since the beginning of October last year the following five groups of selected Scottish theatre artists have been meeting on Monday evenings. Their brief: to use the other practitioners in the room as a sounding board to nurture and develop their initial creative ideas. Facilitated by leading puppeteer Gavin Glover, the accent from start to finish was on showing, not telling. The aim: for each group to present 3-5 minutes of work at manipulate.
A Great Hall By the Sea / Naomi O Kelly
The early stages of a radical re-interpretation of a W B Yeats play, experimenting with storytelling, animation of objects and images, dance, shadow theatre, text, music, music videos and projected film.
Focusing on the interaction between puppet and performer, an exploration of the challenges faced by a teenage girl having been adopted as a young child.
Pan / Fergus Dunnet
An exploration through large scale puppetry of how consciously and unconsciously our primal fears affect the decisions we make and the actions we take in our lives.
Shutter / Ellie Griffiths
Inspired by naff baby photo shoots and child beauty pageants, the early stages of the creation of a table top production for young audiences using puppetry, collage and live-feed projection of miniature worlds.
Experiments, using puppetry and object manipulation, in the creation of the Eloi and Morlocks characters in H G Wells novel, for a planned production in 2017.
Testroom is a Puppet Animation Scotland programme created with support from the National Theatre Of Scotland.