When our development of Hutch for La Mama”s Explorations series had to cancel, we decided to replace it with four 15 minute shows – very much in development – from: Black Hole”s Rod Primrose, the indirect Object (Michael Bevitt & Beth McMahon with Gabriel Partington), Black Hole”s Alison Richards and Debra Batton, and TasFace Productions (Annie Forbes & Tim Denton with Kay Yasugi). They used a combination of object theatre, rod puppets, shadow, mask, and physical theatre to explore a whole range of comic and online casino dark subjects. On Sunday night, following the performance, we held a forum to discuss with the audience the place of puppetry in contemporary arts practice. The performances AND the forum were terrific! The shows were rough and unpolished – we made no bones about that – but the audiences loved them. One woman told me she would never look at the world in the same way again – and I think that was a positive outcome. The forum was heated and enthused. People want more – they love the form, they love watching it evolve.
All photos by Erika Johnson