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Long Nose Puppets
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Long Nose Puppets is a small, books ‘Shoe Baby’ which Polly puppets is that they are all
travelling show performing illustrated. Long Nose Puppets handmade, by Katherine and
wonderful and magical children’s has enjoyed immense success Polly, using mainly upcylced
theatre using handmade puppets across the country with many materials.
based on characters drawn by sell-out shows. It won the award
illustrator Polly Dunbar. for the best children’s show at “Once the structure is formed
the 2006 Brighton Festival and using wood, old snooker cues,
Polly Dunbar grew up drawing, has performed at the Edinburgh wire, old umbrellas, socks,
her mother is the well-known Festival and been invited to cardboard, polystyrene and
author Joyce Dunbar, and at the perform at the Downing Street withies etc, we ‘dress’ and
age of 16 her own two books Christmas party. decorate the puppets. We love to
were published. After doing a use old clothes and fabrics - most
foundation course at Norwich Art “Most of the puppets involve of which were inherited form our
School Polly went on to complete simple mechanisms,” says mums’ material chests or clothes
a degree in illustration at Brighton Katherine, “for example a pull we wore as students. We also like
University, from which she string mechanism involving a a trip to the ribbon shop in the
graduated in 1999. It was here bit of knicker elastic is one of Brighton Laines and use sequins
that she met fellow illustrator our favourites! We decide if the and bits of sparkle to catch the
Katherine Morton. Together they character needs to speak or not light. The puppets are made a
invented characters and created and what mechanism is best bit like constructing a collage or
wonderful stories to bring them for this. Most of the speaking drawing and have an illustrative
to life. Out of this association was puppets are made from latex, so feel to them. Usually Polly adds
born the idea for the Long Nose their heads are made from clay her final paint touch. The scenery
Puppet Theatre. and then a plaster mould is taken is also all hand sewn using
and finally cast in latex.” Katherine’s granny’s old Singer
Their first show was adapted machine - one of the backdrops is
from one of Judith Dunbar’s Part of the attraction of the 10 meters long and was half sewn
0 ukhandmade Spring 2009
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