Ballydehob artists bring puppets to life

Posted on: 9th June, 2017

Category: Arts & Entertainment

Contributor: West Cork People

Ballydehob residents Fiona Walsh and Dr Dink are the creators behind the magnificent puppets, which were the stars of Ballydehob’s New Orleans-style jazz funeral on the May bank holiday weekend.

After discovering their shared love of puppetry last year, the artists have now teamed up to form the Ballydehob Puppet Company with the aim of producing puppets and putting on shows, workshops and  community and street theatre events all over West Cork and beyond.

Next up this summer is a life-sized puppet making workshop in Schull running from July 10 to 14. The five-day workshop is for adults and older teenagers with an interest in puppetry. Puppet conception, drawing, form, construction, costume and manipulation will be covered in the workshop culminating with a surprise on the final day!

EmbraceDr Dink started his puppet career in Scotland in 1985, is co-founder of ‘The Clown Jewels’ puppet and theatre company and is known far and wide for his renowned ‘Punk and Suzy’ show, Sult productions, pyrotechnics, Jazz Funeral Puppets and more.

Fiona studied fine art at Crawford, was set designer, puppeteer, actor and musician for Janus theatre, and Graffitti theatre, and is an art workshop facilitator for over 10 years, and has come back to puppeteering with the Jazz Funeral Puppets.

Fiona and Dink’s first collaboration was on the jazz funeral puppets. “What came out of the jazz festival really impressed us,” says Fiona “The fun and spectacle of the event combined with the finesse of the puppets. It was very successful. We’re really looking forward to exploring what we can do together.”

The life-sized puppet-making workshop will take place at ‘The Loft’ in Schull. For more information or to book a place contact Fiona on 087 640122 or email ballydehobpuppets@gmail.com.

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