Curious Cargo undertakes
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Previous creations have included masks
& puppets (of varous sizes from
the minute to the gegant!) a selection
of bizarre and wonderful props, and site-specific
visual art pieces.
mache & latex masks created for theatrical performances.
Imperial War Museum -
Upon A Wartime', the brief to create 2 walkabout masked characters
for the temporary exhibition. A 1940's housewife & an evacuee boy.
At the Imperial War Museum In 2013 we were commissioned to create a masked
walkabout character 'The Artist', who performed a 20 minute
interactive & participatory theatre piece within the main exhibition space
at the museum.
Paper Cut Total Theatre's production of 'Songs of Innocence & Experience'
War Museum North 'Shadow puppetry films to accompany Carrie's War & War
Carrie's War - Short
Shadow Puppet Film
Horse - Short
Shadow Puppet Film
Prop commissions have included: bespoke pumpkin lantern designs for Clayton
Vale's 'Halloween Howler' event;
Sarcophagus & time capsules created for Creative
Partnerships 'Timeline' project in Padiham, Lancashire
here to view the YouTube Sarcophagus video
Special School- Tess
worked with students from Wilson Stuart Special School to design & create
this visual art installation piece for their school library.
Church of England Primary School - Tess was commissioned to design
& create a 3 ft x 5ft '3D relief' plaque for the school hall. The large
plaque was part of the school reward system for the pupils that had obtained
the top 'prize' of 'Platinum Status'. Velcro was incorporated into the
design to enable photographs of the children to be added to the 3D rosette.
Oldham Theatre Workshop - commissioned Curious Cargo to create 3 x
magical 'Imp' puppets for their Christmas show. The puppets were designed
as 'bunraku' style for 3 operators/puppeteers. Tess also ran a full day
training session to teach the actors puppeteering skills.
Pathways Consultation - commissioned a 'colourful, quirky, eye-catching'
model of The Great Northern Square, Manchester, to draw passers-by into
a public consultation about the proposed redevelopment of the site. Curious
Cargo also supplied a performer/Lollipop Lady for some of the consultation
days to help 'engage' members of the public in the process.
Puppet commissions include:
Curious Cargo was commissioned by the Imperial War Museum North
to create 2 simple shadow puppet films/animations to compliment the 'Once
upon a Wartime' special exhibition which featured books such as Carrie's
War & War Horse. (These are stills from the films).
'Busy Lizzy', 'Winter Rose, Diva, Meadow Sprites and Winter Sprites puppets
created for Curious Cargo street theatre shows.
here to view Busy Lizzy you tube videos video footage
here to view the photostory of Busy Lizzy at RHS Cardiff 2011
Gegant witch puppet for Blackleach Country Park Halloween event;
Link to Blackleach video - YouTube
puppet for Paper Cut Total Theatre's production of 'Songs of
Innocence & Experience';
Surrealist photo montage puppet
of actor John Thompson for Manchester Art Gallery;
'Scruffy' the dog mouth
puppet, inspired by 'Work' painting by Ford Maddox Brown,
created for early years storytelling
sessions at Manchester Art Gallery;
and 'Alien' puppet for walkabout street theatre & storytelling.