Theatre

IMG_0067Having grown up in and around the theatre Brian has a great love of live performance.  Working mainly in children’s theatre Brian has toured nationally and been involved in a pantomime every year since 1984 either as performer, writer, director, puppet coordinator or co-producer!

He was resident pantomime writer for Harlow Playhouse from 1992 to 2005 when he went to work for the critically acclaimed Hiss & Boo Company.  He also played the title role in Pandora’s Box Theatre Company’s production of Burglar Bill.

sisters1In 2005 the Scissor Sisters opened the 25th Brit Awards with a crowd pleasing puppet number featuring a giant pink bird, a dancing barn and eight singing watermelons.  Brian was two of those melons!  For footage of the show click here.  They returned two years later with a black box Japanese bunraku-style show.  Involving over 30 performers dressed head to toe in black, manipulating floating props and the artists false legs.  Performed in front of a capacity crowd at London’s Earl’s Court and broadcast live around the world, this show was one of the highlights of Brian’s career.  Click here to see the show!

CIMG1341Little Shop of Horrors is the perfect show to combine Brian’s love of  live performance and his skills as a puppeteer.  After appearing in several productions both in the UK and in America, Brian joined the Menier Chocolate Factory’s 2007 West End production at the Duke of York’s Theatre as cover for regular puppeteer Andy Heath.  He returned to the show for the national tour in 2009 and the 2010 production at Birmingham Rep directed by Peter Rowe.

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The Olympic Games London 2012 was a huge event and Brian was right in the middle of it performing in the opening ceremony!

Puppet company Blind Summit conceived and performed giant puppets of famous villains in children’s literature constructed by ARTEM.  Brian was one of the Harry Potter Dementors operating the 50ft Lord Voldemort puppet which towered over the NHS section of the event. This amazing event featured 7,500 performers and will remain one of the highlights of Brian’s career.

For footage click HERE.

LCB and meChristmas 2012 saw Brian write and Direct ‘Little Charlie Bear’s Christmas Adventure’ at The Ambassador’s Theatre in London’s West End.  Based on the popular CeeBeeBies cartoon Little Charlie Bear, the show for the under 7’s used puppetry and song as well as suit performers and the children’s imagination.  Produced by Sally Humphreys Productions, the show featured puppets by Scott Brooker and suits by Maggie Hayden.  For more on the production click HERE.