Meet the Puppets - Bistro the Chimp
The finishing touches have just been put upon the puppets for The Silver Sword, which premieres here at the Belgrade next week. Scott Brooker, our master puppet-maker has been hard at work, using everyday objects to create the animals in the play, a technique known as objet trouvé, which means they are fashioned from everyday ‘found objects’ – a style of puppet-design popularized in the early 20th century.
Bistro is a chimp who hides in the back of an army vehicle. To reflect this, he’s made of oily rags. Cheeky, irreverent, with a penchant for monkeying around, Bistro is a lot more cuddly than Jimpy the Cockerel, and moves very differently to him. As the cast learn to use the puppets, Bistro is getting a lot of exercise and wears his distinctive silver goggles to complete his driving-related look. With a sturdy base beneath his soft exterior, Bistro is a hardy puppet, with a smiley face that highlights all of the mischief he gets up to. He also has ultra-realistic hands and feet! A lot more naturalistic than the cockerel, Jimpy, Bistro is a bundle of rags and a bundle of laughs.
Join us from the 26th September to see Bistro and all of the other puppets in action in The Silver Sword.