Iron-Brow and Thorn-Coat - the making of part 1

January and February have flown by in a flurry of admin and emails, including, amongst other things, an Arts Council application, a tax return, a Guild application (more on that soon) and preparations for an exciting new project, which I can now at last reveal! Last Monday, work began for Iron-Brow and Thorn-Coat, a new storytelling piece by Hedgespoken. If you are not familiar with Hedgespoken’s work you can find out more about them here. In short they are writer/storyteller Tom Hirons and artist Rima Staines and together they travel the country, telling tales from their off-grid storytelling theatre…

I am currently working alongside Rima Staines as Co-Artistic Director and Creative Producer of Iron-Brow and Thorn-Coat. Based on a traditional Lithuanian folk tale, this piece will interweave Tom’s storytelling with puppetry, masked performance and live music. Rehearsals begin on 25th March, concluding with two preview performances on the 12th and 13th April at Dartington Arts (link below)

This week, myself and Rima began the puppet making. We have been lucky enough to work under the expert guidance of master puppet makers and wood carvers John Roberts and Jan Zalud. Take a look at the gallery below to see what we’ve been up to... and there’ll be more photos to come as the project develops!

Iron-Brow and Thorn-Coat previews at Dartington Arts on the 12th and 13th April. Tickets can be found at: www.dartington.org/event/iron-brow-and-thorn-coat-by-hedgespoken/

Sarah Vigars