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NICK BARNES

Nick is a Puppet Designer and maker. He studied drama at Hull University and theatre design at the Slade School of Fine Art. Whilst at the Slade he won a scholarship to train with Philippe Genty at the International Institute of the Marionette.

Work for Gyre & Gimble includes: Associate Puppetry Designer on Running Wild (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre & Chichester Festival Theatre) for which Nick sculpted all of the animal heads, and Puppet Co-Designer on The Lorax (Old Vic).

In 1996 he founded Blind Summit Theatre, and was the Co-Artistic Director for many years. Nick performed, designed and directed for the company, productions include: The Table, Low Life, Martin’s Wedding, 1984 and Mr China’s Son. The company also created puppetry for Madame Butterfly, (ENO & Metropolitan Opera), Shunkin, A Dog’s Heart and The Master and Margarita (Complicite), Faeries (Royal Opera House), Kommilitonen! (Royal Academy of Music), El Gato Con Botas (Tectonic Theatre), His Dark Materials (Birmingham Rep) and directing the puppetry for the 2012 London Olympic Games opening ceremony. Nick left Blind Summit in 2013 and remains an associate artist.

Other work in puppetry includes: creating a giant firebird for the Ten Pieces BBC Prom in 2015, Puppet Designer for Ariodante (Aix Festival & Dutch National Opera) and Puppet Designer/Director for Mr Popper’s Penguins (Kenny Wax Ltd).

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DULCIE BEST

Dulcie is a Costume Designer and maker who trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama after a Drama and English degree from Hull University.

For Gyre & Gimble she has used her skills in textiles to create the skins and fur for the animals in Running Wild (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre & Chichester Festival Theatre) and coverings for the puppets in The Lorax (Old Vic), as well as creating all of the inflatable elements for The Elephantom (National Theatre & West End).

Other work in puppet fabrication includes: A Christmas Carol (Chichester Festival Theatre), Goodnight Mister Tom (West End & UK tour), Tom Thumb (Edinburgh Festival & Tour, Fringe First Award winner), Low Life and 1984 (Blind Summit), Alice (Marianne Elliott, Ruby Films) and Ubu (Edinburgh Festival).

Work as costume designer includes: opening ceremonies for the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games, UEFA’s Euro 2008 in Switzerland, the All African Games in Nigeria and Congo-Brazzaville as well as Excalibur (Stade de France) and the Toyota Pavilion (World Expo, Aichi, Japan). She works regularly with French contemporary dance company CFB451 (L’Ogresse, La légèreté des tempêtes, Le fôret ébouriffée). Dulcie is based in Paris but often finds herself working in the UK, notably on unusual requests for Wonder.land, Treasure Island and The Light Princess (National Theatre).


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LAURA CUBITT

Laura is an Actor, Puppeteer and Director who trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art after a Drama degree at Hull University.

Work for Gyre & Gimble includes: trunk puppeteer of Oona the elephant in Running Wild (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), the Lorax in The Lorax (Old Vic) and Mum in The Elephantom (National Theatre & West End).

Other work as a performer includes: War Horse (NT West End), Women Beware Women (National Theatre), Oppenheimer (Royal Shakespeare Company & West End), The Shoemaker’s Holiday (Royal Shakespeare Company), Faeries (Royal Opera House), Recycled Rubbish, Mojo, Mischief and Hospitalworks (Theatre-Rites), Stilled, Brilliant, An Infinite Line Brighton, Little Universe, And The Rain Falls Down, The Bounce and A Few Short Exercises in Love (Fevered Sleep), Clown (Travelling Light), Beastie (Lone Twin), The Visible Men (New Art Club). Films include: London Road (Rufus Norris, National Theatre/BBC Films/BFI), movement artist on Gravity (Alfonso Cuaron, Warner Bros), The Homeless Polar Bear (Greenpeace campaign film) and Alice (Marianne Elliott, Ruby Films).

Work as a creative includes: War Horse (NT Berlin, Associate Movement Director), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (NT West End, Puppetry Consultancy), Don Quixote (Royal Shakespeare Company, Puppetry Co-Director), Oppenheimer (RSC West End, Movement Restaging), 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony (Assistant Movement Director), Goodnight Mister Tom (West End & UK Tour, Associate Puppetry Director) and Adventures In Packaging (Will Adamsdale/BAC, Puppetry Consultancy). Laura has also Choreographed two of her own works, You Are Here (Chisenhale Dance Space) and You Are Here: Too (Camden People’s Theatre).

Laura has taught at numerous theatre institutions including: National Theatre Learning, Lyric Hammersmith, The Young Vic, Battersea Arts Centre, Arts Depot & Guildhall School of Music and Drama.