Supported puppetry company Humanish are rehearsing their new show Holy Presents - a puppet sketch comedy about Christmas Day in the house of the Holy Trinity, at Blind Summit this month. I spoke to Artistic Director Tara Boland to find out more about the show...
Where did the idea for Holy Presents come from?
It began as my final project at LISPA, using scenes from Les Mis. I had seen Humanette puppets used in other shows and just really loved the image and idea of making big things small.
Who are the characters in Holy Presents?
Jesus - the prodigal son who is quite righteous and earnest
God - is senile and considering other career choices he never had (mainly being an actor)
The Holy Ghost - he likes drinking, farting and the female body (as well as his own!)
A Humanette puppet is...
...a table top puppet, with a body about the size of a 9 month old baby attached to the head of a performer.
What have you been focussing on during your rehearsal time at Blind Summit?
We're mainly focussing on the structure and the detailing of the narrative.
What's your top puppetry tip that has come out of rehearsals so far?
Slow down! Take your time - let the puppet do the talking.
And most importantly, when can we see Holy Presents?
We are doing a half hour showcase at the Warwick Arts Centre on 7th November, as part of China Plate Theatre's Bite Size Festival.
Our London premiere and run is from the 15 - 19 December at Camden People's Theatre.
For updates on Holy Presents, head to Humanish's Facebook page www.facebook.com/humanishcompany