Editions of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
BWW Reviews: THE LION, THE WITCH & THE WARDROBE, Birmingham Rep Theatre, December 1 2015
First pictures of the making of this new production using puppets. Mervyn helped create Joey for War Horse and Aslan bears a certain resemblance to the puppet horse. Plus there are centaurs in masks, more full puppets like Grumpskin the dwarf, smaller puppets operated by people depicting a robin, ravens and squirrels, and half-human, half-puppets like Maugrim. Aslan was the most difficult to bring to life. His head is made of foam and covered in textured paper with a mane made of translucent fabric, so the light can shine through it and give a halo effect. The second, David Albury, wears a backpack and operates his front legs and paws with his hands, while the last puppeteer James Charlton operates the main body. Our paper will be crumpled and teased and torn.
The answer is a very clear yes. The revolving stage has a cunning set of stairs to make the many scenes in the play: the big house which the children are evacuated to, the throne room of the Castle and, most magical, the Narnian woods scene. As the children went through the back of the wardrobe, finding themselves in Narnia, a flurry of snow fell — a perfect touch. The only minus points — and there were very few — were the uninspiring songs and the slowish pace of the first act. But then, we cannot blame the actors; CS Lewis was quite painstaking in setting the scene before the book really gets going. The four young children contrasted well with the venom of the snow queen, scarily played by Moyo Omoniyi.
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We were delighted to design and direct the puppetry for Birmingham Rep's new production of The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe , directed by Tessa Walker. A terrific cast and creative team including director Tessa Walker, designer Jamie Vartan and movement director Polly Bennett makes this a very exciting project. Our puppets were made by a team led by Jo Lakin. Grumpskin, Rumblebuffin and the Robin are puppeteered by Danielle Bird. The production ran in November and December , and January and the theatre's page is here.