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Puppet Production day at Forkbeard Studios – Monday 5th March

Hannah, from the puppetry team, reports on working at the Forkbeard Studios:

Surrounded by the past creations of the Forkbeard Fantasy team you can’t help but be inspired and in awe of all the things lining the studio’s walls: a very convincing old granny dozing in a chair, a life-size moving horse and a giant goddess-like statue are just a few things that make you feel like you’ve got a hard job reaching their standard! But with their help these ‘puppets’ (a word which really doesn’t do these giant costumes and props justice) are going to look incredible. Today was focused on making the three beasts/hounds of Dartmoor, and if it’s possible, try to imagine 5ft+ black dogs towering out from the wearers’ upper bodies. The skeletons look like works of art themselves, then muslin covers the body and fearsome heads with moving jaws complete these constructions. It’s detailed work, and a lot of experimentation is involved, with trial and error being a key component of the day’s work! But by the end of the day they’ve taken shape and it’s finally possible to imagine what these fantastic costumes are going to look like amid all the other colourful creations of the procession.

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Forkbeard Fantasy meeting

Last week the entire production team and ensemble of performers met with Chris from Forkbeard Fantasy.

Chris updated us on the stage of the project: what elements are currently underway and the general progression of the project as a whole.

He explained the order of the procession (with a detailed drawing!), going through all the participating schools and colleges and confirming their place and theme within the procession. These included themes such as cream teas, seagulls, lamb puppets and live music from Exeter College street band. University of Exeter shall be at the beginning of the procession, with our lead performer Emma guiding the way.

Costumes were fitted (see photos below) with some wacky and colourful designs, and this weekend puppet construction commenced at the Forkbeard Fantasy studio! (Images will follow soon).

The ball is definitely rolling! 



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Performer Auditions

A video of Battle for the Winds performer auditions.

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Costume Fittings


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Creative Weekend

Have a watch of the video of photos from our Creative Weekend with Forkbeard Fantasy:




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News Feature

Read our news feature on X-Media online:



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First Production Meeting

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Olympic Torch Procession


The Olympic Torch Procession will be coming through Exeter on May 20th and the organisation of the project is now in the hands of us, a group of third year Drama students from the University of Exeter. We will be taking on performance and production roles for the procession, these include stage management, press and marketing, admin, puppetry construction

We are working closely with Devon-based theatre company Forkbeard Fantasy.

Follow this blog to keep up to date with the progression of the project.

We will update this with posts, photos etc. of our journey.

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