Finn is a director, actor and puppeteer who trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
As Gyre & Gimble, work includes: Co-Designer/Director of puppetry for Running Wild (Chichester Festival Theatre, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre & UK Tour) and The Grinning Man (Bristol Old Vic). Puppetry Director/Co-Designer for The Lorax (Old Vic) and Co-Director of The Elephantom (National Theatre & West End).
Other work includes: Director of Lardo (Old Red Lion), Director of Puppetry/Movement for Alice’s Adventures Underground (Les Enfants Terribles), Ariodante (Aix Festival & Dutch National Opera), The Light Princess (National Theatre), War Horse (West End & Internationally), Dream Space (The Globe), Rubies in the Attic (Riverside Studios), Climate (Guildhall School of Music and Drama), Tom Thumb (Edinburgh Festival & Tour -Fringe First Award winner) and Shrek the Musical (West End).
As a performer, Finn appeared in Saint Joan, War Horse, Or You Could Kiss Me and Punchdrunk’s Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (National Theatre), Hamlet and Julius Caesar (Royal Shakespeare Company), Complicite’s A Dog’s Heart (La Scala, Dutch National Opera, ENO), Blind Summit’s Lowlife (LIMF), Madam Butterfly (ENO and Metropolitan Opera), Brighton Rock (Almeida), Elephant (BAC), Antigone (Old Vic) and Macbeth (Albery). Films include Alice (Ruby Films) and The Suicide Brothers.
Finn has taught at schools, colleges and universities both nationally and internationally, as well as numerous theatre institutions including: National Theatre Learning, RSC, Chichester festival Theatre, Barbican, Almeida, RADA, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Italia Conti, East 15 and ALRA.
Toby is a director, designer and performer who trained in puppetry at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
As Gyre & Gimble, work includes: Co-Designer/Director of puppetry for Running Wild (Chichester Festival Theatre, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre & UK Tour) and The Grinning Man (Bristol Old Vic). Co-Director/Puppet Designer of The Elephantom (National Theatre & West End).
Other work includes: Puppetry Designer/Director for Peter Pan, The Light Princess and Hansel & Gretel (National Theatre), Don Quixote (Royal Shakespeare Company), Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Royal Ballet), The Wind in the Willows (Royal Opera House & West End), Disney’s new staging of The Little Mermaid (in Holland, Moscow & Tokyo), The Secret Garden (Sarasota Ballet), Little Shop of Horrors (Manchester Royal Exchange), Goodnight Mister Tom (UK tour & West End) and A Christmas Carol, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Firework-Maker’s Daughter and Peter Pan (Chichester Festival Theatre).
He was the hind puppeteer of Joey in the original production of War Horse (National Theatre) before moving to Joey’s head for the subsequent West End transfer. On leaving the show as a performer he was made the associate puppetry director. Other work as a puppeteer includes: National Theatre 50 Years on Stage (BBC One), The Homeless Polar Bear (Greenpeace campaign film), Mongrels (BBC Three), Hospitalworks (Theatre-Rites) and Angelo (Little Angel Theatre).
Toby has taught and lectured at a number of institutions including: Barbican, Bristol Festival of Puppetry, Chichester Festival Theatre, Curious School of Puppetry, National Theatre Learning, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Victoria & Albert Museum and Wimbledon School of Art. He also hosted his own puppet making segment on Blue Peter, earning a silver Blue Peter badge in the process.