SHRiNKray Puppets recently had the pleasure of designing, fabricating and performing for Hoofkantoor Produksies short film “Wisseltrofee” for the SilwerSkramFees Film festival to be held in Cape Town in August.
“CABAN ZA” is an early years sensory musical and spacial experience piece by the celebrated
De Spiegel Theatre Company in Belgium.
We were honoured to be approached by ASSITEJ to re-create this set of four installations,
with a subtle South African touch, for the 19 th ASSITEJ World Congress & International
Theatre Festival for Children and Young People - “Cradle of Creativity” held in Cape
Town this year.
We are proud to boast the fact that we have worked for many years with one of the most
prestigious puppet companies in the world, South Africa's very own HANDSPRING PUPPET COMPANY.
In four years we were lead engineers and builders on seven internationally performing sets of
WAR HORSE (in association with the London National Theatre), one of which was awarded a
prestigious TONY AWARD for excellence in theatre on the New York West End.
In that time however, we also engineered and produced fairy puppets for A MID SUMMER NIGHTS
DREAM, in association with the Bristol Old Vic.
These include Massage Fairy, Lion Lamp Fairy, and the transforming Scary Fairy, which is
based on ancient Japanese Bunraku techniques.
Called on by the HANDSPRING TRUST in 2013, we took on the absolutely exciting project of designing and building puppets for the annual Barrydale Community Festival to celebrate Reconciliation Day in one of the most historically segregated towns in the country.
The theme of the festival and performance was “KAROO SEE”, taking us back to a time when the Karoo desserts were still plentiful with water, elephants, and mermaids.
With puppetry by our very own Andy Jones and directed by SHRiNKray director Jess Mias-Jones, “!KAI, A LITTLE DEATH” was an experimental production with Jungle Theatre, showcased at the very first Cape Town Fringe Festival in 2014.
We designed and built the Xaggen! puppet, a Khoi San spirit figure of the praying mantis, and the horned eland mask.
The mantis is sculpted from beaten sheets of aluminium, with articulated arms and head, while the eland mask is sculpted from cardboard – a method that we would later adapt and use again as one of our signature styles.