" Travel with us through water, earth and air as we follow the journey from basic life forms to complex beasts in a surreal narrative of shape shifting and transformation. "
Six hands move, morph and combine in unusual ways, creating unexpected creatures and characters.Travel with us through water, earth and air as we follow the journey from basic life forms to complex beasts in a surreal narrative of shape shifting and transformation.
The show is a playful exploration of the notion that all living things are made of the same fundamental building blocks. This matter is malleable, constantly shifting and changing. Hopeful Monsters starts with a simple element, the human hand, and pushes it to its limits, seeing how much it can do and become. The puppetry is rooted in the human body to highlight the often overlooked fact that we are animal too.
Hopeful Monster formed in 2017 as a collaboration between Ella Mackay, Eti Meacock and Bori Mező. Three puppeteer-makers from different countries, they met while training at the Curious School of Puppetry and the Puppet Theatre Barge in London. A hopeful monster is what you get when a sudden genetic mutation produces a radically new organism. Like its evolutionary namesake, the company aims to create work that is weird and wonderful, playing with the possibilities of puppetry in its widest sense and delighting in the unusual visual creations that might emerge. Hopeful Monster is part of a wider community of puppeteers and artists who have helped us out from the get-go as guest directors, advice givers and general supporters.